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How much do you have spent on ski gear?

post #1 of 15
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I was talking to my friends about the costs of different hobbies. We were discussing photography, art, home theater, tennis, swimming, and skiing. I was wondering what you guys have rapped up in ski gear and where you feel the overall package would fall on a basic to state-of-the-art scale (0-10).

(race stock or equivalent in your technique is a 10; 20 year old straight skis with half of the edges missing is a 0)
(all high tech fabrics from the likes of arcteryx, westcomb, patagonia, etc, and/or high quality race gear is a 10; jeans and a $10 coat from the neighbor's yard sale is a 0)
(WC level tuning supplies is 10; yard sale iron, wax from the grocery store, and grandma's nail file is a 0; take the to the shop is a 1)

Rules: what you paid for it, not msrp; you must use the item at least 2 times per season in order for it to count; keep lift tickets seperate and just for the average season

Include boots, bindings, skis, fittings, clothing, protective gear, tuning supplies, lift tickets, etc

Thanks




I have about $4,000 with clothing at 9.5, equipment at 8, tuning at 6
$300 for lift tickets/passes
post #2 of 15
Hmm.. good question. I've never actually taken a tally of all of the gear that it takes to get our family of 4 totally equipped. But a rough estimate would probably put it at $11,000 or so. That would include all of the skis, boots, clothing & all related accessories keep us going. It would probably be a 9 for gear and 8 for clothing.
post #3 of 15
My equip/clothes/accessories are 0-2 years old and are prolly 9-9.5 on condition/tech level (last year's Gots, etc.), but they cost less than 25% of my typical travel, lodging, and lift ticket costs every single year. For example, trip to Aspen, $1500; multiple trips to Tahoe (per trip $80 gas, $125-300 lodging/night depending on date(s), $120-140 lift tix/day for me/wife, meals), trip to Utah, $900, etc. Skiing focused $$ add up quickly.
post #4 of 15
Uh, that's sort of a like asking someone how much they earn, or comparing D--- size (amount spent on ski gear is likely inversely proportional).
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Lostboy View Post
...(amount spent on ski gear is likely inversely proportional).
The "size" issue is funny. If my gear cost wasn't wayyy smaller than lift tix/travel, then I'd be seriously bummed.
post #6 of 15
I think I totaled $380 for 5 pairs of skis that all fall as a 10 on your scale.

'06-'07 Volkl Racetiger WC SL 165 w/Marker plates & bindings
'06-'07 Volkl Racetiger WC GS 180 w/Marker plates & bindings
'06-'07 Volkl AC3 163 w/ Marker iPT 12 PCOS
'06-'07 Volkl P70/Racetiger SC 156 w/Marker AT14
'07-'08 Volkl Racetiger WC GS 187 w/Marker plates & bindings + Piston Extention

Jacket - Avalanche Mtn Dew Custom - 10
Wax & Tuning - Comp'd at the shop - I would put this at a 10, cant get better.

Boots are this year's Tecnica Diablo Race 90s and 110s, both custom molded. Easy 10.

As for Lift passes this year, I have spend $40, early season at Sunapee and Pats Peak, the rest has been comp'd.
post #7 of 15
I wouldn't put an AC3 as a 10 as the AC4/40 is clearly a step above it.

The rest sounds pretty good though. Obviously sponsored (?)
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Uh, that's sort of a like asking someone how much they earn, or comparing D--- size (amount spent on ski gear is likely inversely proportional).
Sorry if I offended anyone, I am only wondering what the average skiing enthusiast has invested compared to enthusiasts in other hobbies.

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I think I totaled $380 for 5 pairs of skis that all fall as a 10 on your scale.
How did you pull that off? Are you sponsored by Volkl?

I am figuring travel expenses are fairly comparable for most hobbies at higher levels. In photography you might take a trip to Hawaii to shoot some lava, or to China to shoot some architecture, my brother travels up and down the east coast for soccer tournaments every weekend, etc. Therefore I was just considering lift tickets, not lodging.
post #9 of 15
Putting a $ figure on gear spending is off-putting.

Most over-the-top gear geeks (like me) buy and sell with enough skill to keep the net cost to less than $100 even after 20 days of use. Most the gear I buy I will resell without a loss.

Michael
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
I think I totaled $380 for 5 pairs of skis that all fall as a 10 on your scale.
Ski's may be a 10, but the binders are 2's!
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
I wouldn't put an AC3 as a 10 as the AC4/40 is clearly a step above it.

The rest sounds pretty good though. Obviously sponsored (?)
Not for NH (southern that is). AC4 is a bit too wide. I'd say they are both equally good skis, just suitable for 2 different regions of the country. AC3s can grip the hard stuff much better than the AC4s, and do semi decent in the fluff, while the AC4s are opposite. I had a choice when I got them, and have skied both, and love em both. AC3 just seemed more practical for my location.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ullr View Post
Ski's may be a 10, but the binders are 2's!
They are crap, but they arent 2s... :/. Comp 20s dont pre-release that much... maybe my din is too high for me, iono. I would prefer a Vist/Look setup, but they look silly on Volkls, and its not like I'm going to pop out. DIN 13 for a 140lb kid only comes off when something nasty happens.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by jamesgig View Post
How did you pull that off? Are you sponsored by Volkl?
I wish. Mountain Dew hooks me up with a ski shop for my racing stuff. AC3's I got with all my racing gear, they were demos from last year. P70s were a steal on eBay for $160 new with bindings and plates. Got the '06-'07 Racetiger GS's from my dad as a gift, but I counted what he spent with the bindings total.

If the shop carried Stockli I would be on all Stockli right now. Those new SL racers ski as good as they look :.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by jamesgig View Post
... I was just considering lift tickets, not lodging.
I usually more on lift tix every year than the cost of all my equip/clothing, and I'd be bummed if the ratio was reversed.

Following on Michael's comment, I follow his model on buying/selling pretty popular skis (but I only buy/sell 1-2, not 4-6 pairs), so my $$ net outlay is pretty low. The time spent is significant though, and I can understand why a lot of people can't be bothered to look around/spend time selling. Time IS valuable, but if you're on epic anyway...
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Dino View Post
I usually more on lift tix every year than the cost of all my equip/clothing, and I'd be bummed if the ratio was reversed.

Following on Michael's comment, I follow his model on buying/selling pretty popular skis (but I only buy/sell 1-2, not 4-6 pairs), so my $$ net outlay is pretty low. The time spent is significant though, and I can understand why a lot of people can't be bothered to look around/spend time selling. Time IS valuable, but if you're on epic anyway...
True True True

Michael
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