It appears that gas prices no longer have the damaging impact on most Americans that they did back in the early 1980's. In part this is because the price of gas to income has decreased over the years. Today the price barely affects the 3rd, 4th and top economic quintiles and has only a marginal affect on the 2nd quintile. It is only the bottom quintile, which is directly and decisively affected by gas prices.
See the table here: http://agoraphilia.blogspot.com/2006...-gasoline.html
Notice for example how for the 3rd quintile cost of gas rose from about3 or 4 percent of income to about 5 percent of income (for the randomly chosen amount of 1000 gal). This is not the kind of increase, which should result in drastic or draconian restrictions in driving.
The 4th quintile has also had a relatively dramatic percent increase from 5 percent to about 9 percent.
For those, however, in the bottom quintile the costs have risen from about 15 percent to about 23 percent. This is a dramatic rise and I expect that it will cause these people to reconsider auto usage.
Since skiing is not known as a sport of the less affluent I doubt that it will cause most skiers to change their habits. Less affluent skiers likely used buses and other public transport before and will be even more likely to use such in the future. The more affluent have not been affected by the price increase and their habits are unlikely to change.
This shows the real reason why people complain about gas prices but don't drive less. For most people the increased price does not hurt as much as their complaints would indicate.