In these tough economic times a lot of people have had to cut back on their discretionary spending, including the amount they spend on skiing. Here at EpicSki we saw a drop of about 20% in visitors and unique users over the previous year--this trend began months before the conversion, during the pre-season when people most want to talk about skiing. That's consistent with the picture throughout the ski world: participation was down 20%.
Of course, the people who hang out here at EpicSki are among the more passionate skiers on the planet, and probably in the upper quartile in intelligence. I suspect that this bad economy was more than matched by your passion for the sport and your native intelligence, and that you didn't ski any less, you just found ways to ski cheaper. I reckon EpicSki likely has some of the smartest shoppers in skiing!
If I'm right, your advice is, well, $$$$. What economies made it possible for you (and family?) to keep on skiing during the crash of 08/09?
I'll get it started:
1. Don't buy food or drink at the ski area. Bring your own, use the drinking fountain, and eat before and after skiing, at home.