An Arm and a Leg
Have you ever noticed that the Jackson Hole logo shows a one arm cowboy with a three legged horse? I think I know why that is.
Along with a number of ski resorts around the country Jackson Hole recently announced their season pass rates for the 08-09 season along with their day ticket price.
Aside from that arm, a leg and perhaps your first born it will cost you $85 for a day ticket or $1,625 for a season pass.
In response to my shock of pass prices, people have told me - "Skiing is expensive". Really? Gee, I never knew.
All the more reason to earn your turns. Buying used gear, my guess is that you can drum up some skins, bindings and even some boots for less than a grand and spend your season burning calories and skiing untracked powder.
Buying new gear to start backcountry skiing won't set you back much more than that season pass. Plus you'll get to use the gear for years. Case in point: (assuming that you are a skier already with some gear)
- $383 - Fritschi Freeride Binding
- $133 - Black Diamond Glidelite Skins
- $447 - Scarpa Spirit 3 Touring Boots
- $465 - G3 El Hombre Powder Ski (you'll be skiing powder)
- $290 - Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon
- $60 - Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel
- $50 - Black Diamond SuperTour Probe
Take away the skis by putting the touring bindings on an existing pair from your quiver and you're under the pass price.
Passes go on sale starting this Friday. Time to decide which arm you're willing to ski without.2 comments