dyyylanI didn't miss anything. The thread is "Biggest barrier to entry for skiers". What I am saying is that cost becomes much less of an issue as you get older and can save money. But distance will prevent you from skiing every day. You originally said something about spending $1500 a year on gas - that is rolled into distance, because you live so far away that it isn't even possible to ski more than 15 times a year. That's why I moved to PC, I probably wouldn't even ski if I had to drive more than a half hour to the mountain, I'd find another sport to do.
Man, you have a very naive view of America and the world. Its like you either don't know the challenges that the vast majority of people face when trying to live and work, or you simply don't think that those challenges are very real.
You seem to have a great situation going on. thats awesome. Im not judging you for it at all, in fact i just made some geographic and career moves to put myself closer to the mountains- basically trying to put myself in a similar situation to you. All my successes were worked for and largely paid for by myself. HOWEVER i feel incredibly blessed, and lucky to
A) be born a white male in America. I could not have been born into a better situation.
B) being born to parents who could comfortably afford to clothe, feed and shelter me while still having enough money left over to allow for me to play various sports- including a few ski trips per year.
I know countless people who have college educations, and those who dont and they are scraping by. They can afford the essentials but have little money for really anything else. they need to take jobs where they can find them, and mountain towns arent exactly metorpolis' of economic growth haha.
The kind of attitude you seem to hold is one of the two main reasons i moved out of the Bay Area recently. The bubble that young, successful people seem to live in is very off putting to me. From my experience they seem to think that they are an example and the norm, when in reality they are absolutely the exception. they seem very ungratefully oblivious for the things that were out of their control that largely contributed to their success. Don't get me wrong, you shouldn't feel embarrassed or bad for any of this. It was out of your control. But you shouldnt think everyone was so lucky, and think that your path is accessible to everyone.