Originally Posted by ldrjax
JohnH - you completely missed my point. What I was saying was that skiing is very expensive and, therefore, a sport for the upper-middle and upper class, with the exception of the ski bums and those who live in or near the mountains. As I stated in my post, I grew up in a military family; my parents had little discretionary income. Fortunately, we lived near the mountains. I learned to ski by taking day trips with the local ski clubs. This was a relatively inexpensive way to be introduced to the sport. It is also similar to the inexpensive trips you describe in your reply post. However, for those who live further from the mountains this is not an option.
Consider some of the expenses from the last ski trip I took my family (wife and three teenage daughters) on in March 2006.
1) Airline tickets - after following the price on the internet for a few months the best price I could get into Denver, coach, not business class (yes, I checked Colorado Springs also) was $320; $1600 for five.
2.) Lift passes - the conference had a pretty good rate. $215 for an adult six-day pass. $1290 for five.
3.) Lodging - two bedroom condo on the bus line (not ski-in ski-out) $400 per night. $2800 per week.
4.) Rentals - my wife and I have our own equipment, but the kids still rent. I can't remember exactly what we paid. I'll guess we paid $15 per day per child. $270 for the week.
5.) Rental car at DIA - I don't need the luxury SUV, a full-size sedan is fine. I paid about $300 for the week.
That's over $6000 before any food or other expenses. Yeah, we could have stayed miles from the base and saved $150 a night, but it still would have been very expensive. The sport is just out of reach for most middle class people, especially if they don't live near the mountains.
Either way, we all know that skiing isn't cheap unless you are single and lving in or near a ski area, and possibly work in the ski industry. I just had triplets 10 months ago. Skiing will not only be expensive for me in the future, but exponentially more work as well.