Originally Posted by bounceswoosh
Depends on your definition of "near" - ski resorts being notoriously low on highly-paid jobs.
I meant "to" in terms of proximity. You gotta bring your income, but location is definitely an equalizer if you ski and MTB in the same general area. Much of the overall cost is transportation. If income is mobile, I think turning transportation and travel convenience costs into housing costs would be a net gain for anybody who travels frequently year round.
I could buy myself a dream bike from a single season of ski transportation and travel costs. In other words, it isn't skiing or cycling, per se. It's distance multiplied by frequency. Allocating a percentage of car payments, car parts and service, fuel, and travel food to the ski or cycling budget paints a radically different financial picture than gear and ticket costs. Those are in the minority as distance and frequency increase.
But nobody does that, because it exposes the true cost of these sports