I have been away from my computer for a couple of days. Some excellent responses here. I see I need to clarify:
First and foremost, I am not trying to rain on anyones parade..... Nor, am I taking away from the legitimacy of this event. Skiing venues are always appreciated.
Secondly, I am not advocating PSIA, the organization works for some not for others....That is up to the individual to decide. The comparison was made because it was the most readily available resource for a structured learning event, inwhich, pricing is publicly accessible.
My point, is that in weighing out the REAL costs including travel, hotel, meals, etc......It was my personal conclusion....of which, I am entitled....That dropping over $500 for a weekend is a lot......Each individual will need to research their options and decide whether this is the event for them or not.
To address a few things:
SMJ:"Just comes down to your perception of Value"....Perfectly stated.
ssh: Not sure if they comp the tickets or give a reduced fee...I will have to look into that.
Springhill: Not trying to cause a flame war.....but there are so many things wrong with your statement ....I am not sure where to begin.
Nolo: When I first read your post. I thought it had a nice ring to it. In re-reading it......It has the flavor of alienating 'Pro's' ... In other words.....How would a 'Pro' be drawn to the event?
RiDeC58: Sounds like you had a worthy experience