You know, I'm betting that there are at least a couple of people here which everyone would consider "rich". And even though I'm not one of them, I would love to think that someday I might be. Does that mean that I should stand in line with everyone else or not enjoy the money I (theoretically - in the future) have? I hope to some day be rich enough for the bulk of you to consider me a "poser", and be able to use my money to not stand in line at the lift or the cafeteria.
Is the size of one's check book inversly proportional to their skiing skills? If I hit the lotto, does my ability to ski somehow fly out the window?
Maybe these people are hard core skiers who also happen to have loads of money, and use it to have more fun participating in the sport they have passion for (Melanie Griffith and Antonio Bandaras excepted
I have an Aunt and Uncle that live next door to David Letterman in CT, have a house at Jay, take a few vacations out west and to Europe every year and are in their early 80s. They also have those lifetime lift pass "gold coins" that they paid something like $25k a piece for. My uncle was the President of a steel company in NY. They may not be hot-shot 20-somethings, but my guess is that they are more hard-core than a huge portion of the crowd that hangs out here at Epic, bad mouthing the people with money.
I guess it always has been cool to be poor (or dumb), and always will be, because it's the easy cop out for being lazy ("rich people suck. I'm poor because I want to be."??) That's why smart kids in school are always looked down upon. It's easy to bad mouth people, but it take effort, talent, skill and brains to to actually achieve something (or a winning lotto ticket). And no, this isn't coming from a smart or rich person, but someone who can see through the armour.