Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
Sorry bsimeral---don't buy your arguement.
6 Colorado passes good at Breck/Keystone/A-basin= 1800
Non-Peak Lodging-slopeside 250/night X 7nights=1750
Gas/ tolls maybe = 350
Food is food -you eat here---you eat there.
I pesume you family has winter clothes as you live in IL.
So maybe it has doubled.............. in how long ?
Want to save some money ? The "Spring back to Vail" program the first two weeks of April.......6 days skiing for (I think this year price is) $ 110. Two more days at Breck @ $40 a day in April----now you are at $ 190 per person for 8 days and you got to ski Vail for six days.
There are still ways to do the same thing today but probably not at the premier destination resorts. Skiing is more costly (todays $70 lift would have bought a 6 day pass then) with the rising insurance costs, consumer demands for snowmaking, better grooming, and other services at many areas. Skiing, just like golf has gone more upscale than in the past. In the same era you could play a decent muni for $5 that now costs 40-75 in our area. Lift tickets were under $15 and even under $10 in many areas. Young children could ski for free in some areas....as they can do now. Gas was .25-50/gal...etc.
Long gone. My lament is that if skiing (somewhere) is not affordable for "average" families it will eventually hurt the industry as a whole. Of course, an individual who wants to ski and is willing to live poor and do whatever he or she can to make it happen will always be able to ski. However, when that person decides to settle down and start a family the same tactics are not be so easy.
Just my observations of the past and opinions.
And by the way, I did provide winter clothing for my children......but ski clothing was cheap and not nearly as good back then. Great observation about needing it in Chicago!