Ski Equipment Cost
I make a decent living, but with three kids 14 and under the $$ go out as fast as they come in.
I like to ski on good gear, but I am always cognizant of the cost as it impacts on how much free money we have to go skiing.
We have a very small local hill (250" vertical) so that means travel to do any real skiing. The real expense to skiing is the travel (accommodations, meals, etc).
For the $600-$700 for new skis, I can get away with my oldest daughter skiing for 3 days. Hm-mm - New skis or a three day ski trip.
: The ski trip usually wins out
Having said this I have bought two new pairs of skis for myself over the past three seasons and a new pair of boots last year. I am not ski deprived. (Depraved perhaps).
Plus, I am always buy and selling ski gear for kids as they grow, but that is what allows me to ski.
With a young family and no real local hill, I figure I did OK getting in 26 days out of Province skiing last season.
For me its the choice between having and doing.