Originally Posted by Virtus_Probi
Once you buy the bike, it's generally free to use it!
And, you probably won't be spending money on bike lessons...biking shoes are usually cheaper than ski boots, too.
So for the fun of it, I did an informal cost analysis. YMMV
For the serious skier:
Disclaimer: Prices based on observations from this humble site.
Skis: $800 per pair on average. Most people recommend a three ski quiver so $2400. Good boots with custom foot beds. $600. Poles: $60 per pair. Helmet: $125. Goggles: $80. So that’s $3265
Ski jacket: $250. Pants $150. Technical layers (bottom) one $25, top (three) tee, $25, mid, $35, top $80. Gloves two pairs @ $60 ea. Glove liner $12. Balaclava: $12 Sox: $12 per pair. Vest: $70 Total: $791
Season pass for two Sierra Resorts, early purchase, unlimited: Dodge $299, Kirkwood $499. $798 total (per year, btw)
Grand total: $4854, which doesn’t include the $5 beers the $10 burgers, lessons and the driving costs.. Does not include the cost of waxing, tuning, repairs, which the serious skier does him/herself
For the serious mtn biker.
Here is what it costs for me.
My custom built 2007 Santa Cruz Superlight: $3300. Helmet: $80. I wear glasses so bike specific sun glasses are not an extra cost for me.
For warmer days: Baggy shorts: $90. Technical shirt: $40 Shoes: $80. Gloves: $30 Sox: $7. Total $247
For colder weather riding: Lycra shorts $90. “Loose” tights: $120. Long finger gloves: $50. Liners$12. Skull cap: $20. Top base layer: $25. Long sleeve jersey: $80 Warm sox;$12, Jacket:$100. Total $509.
Grand total is:$4136, which does not include energy food, parts or repairs, which I do myself. I ride out my backdoor 90% of the time, but in general most people drive less than an hour to the trailhead.
OK, OK, toss in my 10 year old Hardtail. Add another $1000