this is going to be a long post beware
I am a 9-5er and a weekend rider, I have been riding on different mountains almost every Saturday and Sunday since the late January (aka hardcore
) and no, none of my friends have car, people at the office not even interested in boarding (they don't drive anywho, so I am solo, wife comes every now and then)
ok first and foremost let me say that I am not trying to convince myself to get a car, I will if and only if it really makes sense this time, owned 2 before, every time I was like fuck this (parking etc.)... oh and I live in Queens
So since getting a car is the thing here fuck new york mountains (windham, hunter, creek, camelback etc). We're talking about VT. And that is around 5 hours of driving distance no matter how you slice it, I am thinking Killington but...
Bus services namely emilio's or OvrRide don't necesserily ride to Killington, (or stowe or stratton or Okemo) every Saturdays or Sundays. So before I get a season pass from a mountain, I will have to
see which bus service goes to that mountain on every Saturday and Sunday. Ok let's be realistic, there's no way in hell and I can't even take to go absolutely every weekend, I will get tired, would want to sleep late etc. but most of times I will, hey what else have I gotta do on winter weekends...
so let's see, a bus only ride is $70 on ovrride, prolly running around $65 on emilio's doing this a month will cost me
$70 x 8 = $560
$65 x 8 = $520
considering If I have a holiday and go one more day it will be more or maybe I will get sick or just don't want to go this will be less...
On the other hand having a car...
Aside from paying for the car and insurance tolls will around $25 (roughly), like herjazz
mentioned GW bridge will other small tolls will be that much I think. plus gas now surely, depending on what I get, this will be I think roughly for a day will run around 50 (could be less not sure, again depends on the car) but then there's another problem maintenance, driving 250 miles (killington) and coming back that's 500 miles a day twice a week that's 1000 miles a week, monthly It will be around 4000 miles WOW! I will kill the car in 4.5-5 months season long....
by the end of the season I will put around 20000 miles on the car jeee, did i do this wrong altogether????
fuck buses, but I am not just saying that, well for the reason that they get there at almost 9:30-10 by the time you get dressed and all, 1.5 hours lost there, then instead of 4:30, emilio's (they started to piss me off btw) they say be back by 4-4:15, wtf if you do a last run you'd get back by 4:15 then getting dressed that's 4:30, and you have to rush yourself...
Seeing this I guess none of these makes sense taking a bus or getting car OMG
so wtf go twice a month that's 8 times for the whole season considering a 5 month season
Sorry, I work in finance, calcs like this is second nature to me; sorry if it's too much numbers for you haha...
qft. I get not having a car in the city, but if snowboarding is your thing, get one. Fuck buses.
your analysis makes sense from an economic POV, though the numbers are slightly on the high-end IMO. if i drive my corolla with 3 people to mt. snow, the gas/toll costs end up be no more than $40 a person.
also, you have to consider that if you drive your own car, you have complete control over when you arrive and when you leave. for some, there is a lot of value in that.
lastly, buses arrive late and leave (relatively) early, so let's say you're losing about an hour of riding time. paying a premium to get around this also has value. question is, how much are these worth in dollar terms? everyone has a different threshold.
def. dude agreed!