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post #31 of 38

 

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Originally Posted by Swerny View Post

I road ride and mountain bike and have bikes for each.

 

While the initial cost is high, it's pretty much free afterwards (other than maintenance).

 

Ski gear isn't exactly cheap and when you figure in lift tickets, gas to get to the hill etc, it's equally expenseive if not more so.

 

The fact I can road or mountain bike right outside my front door for free is nice.


Nice comparison...

 

07-08 winter I bought xc skis, bindings and boots for under 300 and skied from my door everyday. Zero maintenance.

 

post #32 of 38

 

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Originally Posted by unclejoe900 View Post

Hmm, I have 3 mtb's, one road bike, one gooby cruiser, one bmx bike.

Only 1 pair of skis,,,,

 

You don't have to spend the BIG bucks on everything.  My $1500 mtb is better than the posers on their $6000 rides because I am the motor and you can't buy up riding ability.  

 

When I went to Hunter Mtn the first time (1988), everyone in the liftline had new Volkls, a new 1 piece ski suit, $100 sunglasses, but I only saw about 5 people who weren't snowplowing and could actually carve a turn. 

 

 

 

 

EVERYONE had NEW Volkl's? I know Volkl has pretty good market penetration at Hunter, but 100%, that is impressive. 

 

post #33 of 38

 

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Originally Posted by SNPete View Post

 


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
 

 

 

 

On the other hand, here's an extreme example of how cheap it can be.  Here's what I line up with for our multisport Pole Pedal Paddle race, which starts with a super-g leg.

 

Skis: 200 cm Atomics 9:20 with Salomon bindings.  Bought barely used for $30. 

Boots:  Rear entry Salomons with my XC boots stuffed inside.  $25

Poles:  Scotts $25 model.  They are tough and cheap enough to bang the rime frost off the signs for patrolling

Goggles:  Scotts $19.95 special.  They work fine and I can scrape Mt. Bachelor's rime frost off without messing up expensive goggles.  Throw them out when scratched.

 

Helmet:  My bike helmet, $89.  I use it for spring skiing all the time, and in this race we bike to town.

 

Total $190.  On this gear I ski 50-60 mph, and frequently will be the first skier down in a wave of 120.  Priceless

post #34 of 38

Did anyone comment much on ski lessons?  Most folks need at least a few lessons from someone to really learn to ski.  I don't think I've ever heard of folks taking "biking lessons" except for coaching and personal trainers that come when someone joins a bike team. 

post #35 of 38

 

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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Did anyone comment much on ski lessons?  Most folks need at least a few lessons from someone to really learn to ski.  I don't think I've ever heard of folks taking "biking lessons" except for coaching and personal trainers that come when someone joins a bike team. 


Well.... its like riding a bike. 

post #36 of 38

Yes it is.  I spent some quality Fathers Day time yesterday running along side my 6 year old as he gets the feel of riding without training wheels.  I expect to spend another hour this evening doing the same.  Last winter we spend about $200.00 on ski wee classes for him.  I would have paid half that to have someone else run along side the bike.  But, on second thought it is a priceless memory to watch him learn and achieve goals.  We did ski wee at Blue Knob so I could ski with Bears.  I took him again last spring but he only did half of his lesson opting to spend the rest of the day skiing with me.  Next season I expect he'll be skiing with me when he skis.  I'm hoping by the end of the week he'll be able to ride with me just about anywhere within half a mile of the house


Edited by crgildart - 6/22/2009 at 05:03 pm GMT
post #37 of 38

i needed lessons when I purchased a used MB, lessons on style, bike was cheap $ 50.00, but thoseMB clothes, spandex shorts, fancy jersey, hats putting all that together, then the health club, didn't want my butt to look like two big sausages hangin over a fence in those spandex shorts and that little seat, this sports expensive!!

post #38 of 38

The lifetime of the equipment is another factor. A bike can last several years even for a serious racer. With skis they need replaced much sooner due to them breaking down losing camber and livelyness. The seriuous skier is going to be buying 2-3 pairs of skis in the timespan a serious biker would need a new bike.

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