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.
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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:
$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.
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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.
$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?
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