The price for a day of skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek is $108. Let that sink in a little bit. That’s just for the skiing, of course. There’s also the parking ($25), Food ($9.95 “Lunch for Less”), and gas to get there (Increasing). And if you’re going to be skiing Vail, I’d imagine you have to look the part:
This fetching jacket (made of Goose Down, polyester, and Raccoon fur) is only $1,499. And the hat is only $799. That’s right. $799 for a hat. All that money, and once you get to the mountain, there’s a distinct possibility that you might be punched in the face.
I was thinking about this when I was reading the Salsa Cycles Culture blog. As many websites/news agencies/tv shows do this time of year, they’re doing the year-end wrap up: Their favorite riding moments of 2010. I was thinking about my favorite riding/skiing moments in the past year, and I realized that I don’t need to spend $150 to have a great day.
My favorite bike riding moment was our day at the Kingdom Trails in Vermont. Total cost: Gas to get up there, $10 for the trail pass, $3.00 for an incredible chicken pesto burrito for lunch, $2.00 for some afternoon snacks, and $32 for Beers and Reubens at the Inn at Long Trail on the way home.
My favorite skiing moment was October 16th at Whiteface. Total cost: Gas to get up there, $0.70 for a bagel with peanut butter on it, and $9 for a six pack of beer.
Good times, good riding, and good beer. It doesn’t take much to make me happy.