Originally Posted by offpiste
It's my right to live my low income, completely stressless, debtless life. It took me ten years to pay off all the debt I aquired when I made alot of money. I made the money, I paid off the debt, I gave up the high stress job and moved to the mountains to lead a slower, easier, rural life.
Kudos to you for choosing the lifestyle you prefer.
|What I want to see are resorts offering options for lower income people.
If you don't like the high prices, find a way to ski without the high prices. Buy a set of skins and a beacon, take an avi class, and find some friends who like to ski bc. Certainly, Wyoming, Utah, and the PNW offer ample bc opportunities. Friends of mine who have chosen a similar path to yours have happily pursued the bc option. Or, you could move to a town that's closer to a no frills resort. In Wyoming, you could move to Pinedale and ski at White Pine. Move to Worland or Shell and ski at Big Horn Resort or Antelope Butte. Now, none of these resorts has the terrain of Jackson, but they're a lot cheaper. The towns are more affordable, too. And every one of these places offers ample bc to the intrepid person. Another option would be to live in Montana near Snowbowl or Bridger Bowl.
You don't have to live in a pricey resort town to find fun skiing.
|I just want people to understand that if things continue as they are, people like me won't be able to enjoy a few of the things you mentioned earlier that you enjoy. I shouldn't have to have the high stress corporate job to enjoy these things. Please, someone has to see my point.
Many resorts are pursuing a ClubMed or Disneyland approach to skiing in an effort to attract more vacationers and their $$$. The skiing has become a loss leader for real estate sales. I don't always like the results, but you're going to have a hard time convincing the owners of these resorts to give up all those $$$ in favor of people who don't want to spend any money at the mountain. Lift-served skiing isn't cheap.
I'm curious why you think anyone owes you a cheap place to stay and cheaper prices for food and lift tickets just because you have made the choice to live more downscale. Your complaint reminds me of people who choose to have 6 children, discover that raising all those kids is expensive, and then expect everyone else to pay for their lifestyle choice.
Choices have consequences. People should assess the realities of their choices and learn to make their choices work. It's rather unrealistic to demand that resorts subsidize you.