Just a little bit of a language barrier here. Go easy on the poor girl guys, unless she proves to deserve. If I am reading between the lines here, gear and such are expensive and I guess she's complaining about the lift tickets too. For one, Russian ski areas are going to be on the cheaper side for day passes for sure. Especially when compared to Western European resorts. You might look at Eastern bloc areas for deals. For good gear that isn't so expensive, check out Austria. Most snowboard companies have their European operations based out of there. One thing is for sure, snowboarding ain't cheap no matter how you slice it.