Skiing is for rich kids

I was born in Utah, grew up in Idaho.

Sometimes people will say “oh! so lucky! All that skiing!”

I look at them like they are from Planet Denial.

I have never been downhill skiing.

Like most, we were a middle class family, with a Victory garden, fruit trees and fished and hunted for meat.

Skiing was for the rich:

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And it still is:

Don’t think so?
Park city-a family of 5: 2 adults and 3 kids for a day:
$214+$207 lift
$230. skis, poles, boots
$651 for ONE DAY

Lets add food and gas:
Gas $3.39/gal, old car got 10mpg. 82 miles RT. $28
Food at resort:$125 for lunch

Total for 1day of skiing:


You might say “well, that’s today’s prices!”

Nope. I checked historical prices and adjusted for inflation. Same as today.

We were a middle class family. And middle class families then did not ski.

Park City was where we went to feed the “starving elk” on a cold hayride. I thought we were some sort of animal missionaries and have good memories there.

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There are more Elk in Utah today because of our generosity prolly…it fed right into my dream of being Dr. Doolittle with a station wagon, shovel and pet cemetery for roadkill.

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I’m a total math nerd, so let’s break it down:

Median income in Utah for 2012 was
Adjusted for inflation, that’s about $60k
Assume standard deductions, 25% tax

That leaves $45,000 after taxes.
$3750/mo total

Let’s use Gazelle Lite from to figure the budget:

$187.50 for recreation….hmmm

$804 for 1 day of skiing.
$187.50/mo for recreation.

A family of 5 would need to save over
4 MONTHS for a SINGLE day of skiing!

What sort if income would the family need to easily afford this?


$300,000 (in 35% tax bracket) leaves
$195,000 after taxes
$195000/12 is $16250/mo

We have $8 left! month Netflix! Awesome!

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