Originally Posted by SNPete
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