Originally Posted by medmarkco
The proposal that skiing is "prohibitively" expensive or only for the rich is shortsighted. On par with most entertainment, lift-serviced skiing has always been competitively priced.
Calculate an 8 hour day bowling @ $4.00/game, 8 hours in a movie theater @ $9.00/movie, a day ticket to Six Flags/Disney ($40+), 8 hours of indoor tennis ($20-30/hr), 8 hours of golf ($200+), 8 hours of indoor cart racing ($500+), yada yada yada...
Non-discounted ski passes are about $60/day at major areas- or about $7.50/hr. Multi-day pricing deals abound and season passes are a "steal". I'll probably do 50-60+ days for around $600. Let's say 50... $600/50days/8hours= $1.50/hour. Expensive??
i agree in princinpal with the theory that skiing is not an 'only-for-rich-kids' sport - but you did forget a major factor in your cost calculation above.
time. that is, 99% of america lives a heck of a lot closer to a bowling alley, movie theater, tennis court, golf course, etc etc than they do to a ski slope. so to the skiing cost, you've got to add gas cost, wear and tear on the car, but perhaps most importantly, available leisure time.
it's available leisure time that is a key differentiating factor. a family of four can easily make its way to the local bowling alley after work/school for a night of fun.
skiing is, at minimum, an all-day affair. for those that live within 2-3 hours of a ski slope, this means waking up at 6am and a long and tiring drive back. those that live further away have to start including hotels for multi-night trips, or even airfare. skiing ain't cheap when you live in southern florida.
leisure time...it's just another form of money, really...and one that is too often absent from these types of cost calculations.
[not to mention that you didn't include the cost of equipment, only the per-hour cost of lift tickets]
for those forutunate enough to live within, say, 2 hours of a ski resort - then, yes, skiing can be inexpensive. but for the vast majority of the population who doesn't live in a handful of states and/or cities, it gets pricey...