jstraw - Maybe the implication of "goldmine" was a bit more than I wanted to imply. However, I know of many people, who, like myself if I wasn't fortunate enough to be given or be able to get very inexpensively because of my pro affiliation ..., just simply can't afford to ski anymore.
Bonni -Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I am told there is snow in the winter and there are mountains. Brown and all, but they roll (ish) above the ground! I did research a little ski area in South Africa, though, while I was working in Cape Town (very awesome place - put high on your vacation to do list!). Unfortunately could not find the time to put that notch on my belt!