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Old 04-10-2015, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, the season is drawing to a close. For most of us we look back on the trips we did and hope the memories can carry us over to next season. But what did those memories cost? Curious to hear what is being spent on lift ticket and lodging for trips this past season.

So, dig up those credit card bills and let's hear what you spent on just lift and lodging.

ie: lift ticket was $75 / day + lodging per person @ $50.00 night = $125.00 a person per day for lift and lodging
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't want to count..I'm scared to do that.
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I can count how much I didn't spend on snowboarding.
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Most of this post is from a couple years ago. Most is still true, I edited it a little bit though.

For myself? $728epic pass, $250 new board. $200 new boots. $250 bindings.. Pretty much annual. 120+ days so far. 80 on vail.

Family, add mine for my wife too.... She usually gets some new clothes too so add $500 to that. She is at 45 days.

Son gets usually 3-5 boards a year, 3 new bindings, 3 new boots. Who knows how many outfits. Boards might total $800, bindings $500, boots$500 and new outfits about $500. His coaching is $5000. Travel for riding so far about $5000. He's at 150 days or so since October

If you want to count the cost of living slopeside. fuck, that is about $30k a year for housing.

Spending endless hours/days/months on the mountains and traveling as a family is really all that matters and is priceless....

Now that he is getting older, the time we have spent together over the past 4 years while riding and traveling is becoming even more precious. Soon he will be off in his own life, my wife and I will be super happy that we took the time and $ to get to live a life like this with him. We got to live a "normal" life with our daughters and that time went by super fast too but there was just to little time spent as a family, a lot of it is off in school or at work when doing a mon-friday grind......

No regrets spending most of my money on the lifestyle we have been able to enjoy for the last 4 years.
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adding up the costs is kinda mind boggling but I would rather be broke with a good life than have lots of money with no living.....

Im gonna go get some slush now...
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Originally Posted by Argo View Post
adding up the costs is kinda mind boggling but I would rather be broke with a good life than have lots of money with no living.....

Im gonna go get some slush now...
Well said Argo!
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Lift & lodging are probably the least of expenses

Family season's passes for the local mountain... Not used much because season was bust. On the plus side, next seasons will be cheap and heavily discounted.

Because of ^ most of my days were at Whistler, and I didnt have a season pass... so that was a LOT of dough. Not going to count that, but it was more than a seasons pass; I went every chance i got and whenever there was good snow.

Because of that ^^ i'm getting 2015-2016 for BOTH mountains for next season.
Local = go weekdays after work + the odd weekend for a few laps or a chill day with beers at the local which i like.
Whistler = every chance i get.

Gear... the only thing i bought new this yr for me was bindings. But i got a couple of boards used at really good prices. Gotta get boots for next season and probably replace some bindings because i bet the size wont match the boots.

Bought stuff for the wife too... the lil guy gets his own gear next yr.

Winter tires and alloys.

Roof racks.

A couple hotel nights and lots of gas.

I worked a LOT of hours last summer and saved vacation time and $ for the winter. That's the plan for this yr too. Definitely not cheap, but I file all that under "health"... as in mental health and sanity. Money well spent.

BTW we're getting a ft of fresh tomorrow.

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Old 04-10-2015, 12:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Didn't really travel much this year due to the low snow.

Only did:
-Whistler 4 nights (which pretty much breaks the bank)
-Big White weekend (but stayed @ friend's condo with discounted tickets)
-Red weekend (didn't even end up riding the conditions were so bad)

Otherwise it was days up at the local (Whitewater) with the seasons pass

Might invest in some back-country gear for next year so I can take advantage of the late season snow
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Old 04-10-2015, 03:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Wow some of you guys go all out! As a beginner I've been saving wherever possible, never staying overnight (always went one day at a time). I took advantage of Mountain Creek's $130 learn-to-ride program (3 days of lift, rental and lesson). For my wife, me and my daughter that was $390. My daughter liked it so much we got her another one so $520. Managed to score two more M Creek lift tickets from my friend for $10 each. Spent $530 total on gear but most of that was for my used snowboard and new bindings and boots. $1070 so far not including tolls/food/gas.

My wife and daughter still have no gear (they're skiiers ugh why are skis so expensive) but next winter I'm going to do the Killington 4-day program where they give you rental, lift and lessons PLUS new gear at the end for $300 a person. The junior version includes lift tickets for an adult for the entire 4 days as well so our family of 3 will get 4 days on the slopes for $600 and walk away with two sets of new skis/bindings/boots at the end. There are definitely some deals to be had out there, as I could have probably spent double of what I did if I didn't plan ahead and commit to going multiple times.

I also joined a ski club thanks to the advice of some members here, so lodging in VT will be taken care of at a very reasonable fee! For my upcoming late-April VT trip (I'm going solo) depending on whether I go to Killington or Okemo, my lift and lodging should come in under $100 for 2 days at K'ton or $150 for 2.5 days at Okemo.
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