Snowboarding versus Golf
I'm more active than anybody I know. I write at night and play during the day, so I have lots of time to get out and enjoy outdoor sports, hobbies, and a plethora of other activities that get my blood flowing and brain thinking.
Recently, I really enjoyed getting out on the links with a bunch of my old high school buddies for a friend's bachelor party. I hadn't played in two years. Not only was it fun, but it was successful - a good buddy and I teamed up to take the Championship, finishing -4 in our two-man scramble and taking the winnings.
One of the of the topics of conversation that came up was about the cost of golf. After growing up playing at twilight rates for just under $10, I found that there wasn't a single course in town for less than $20 a person. In fact, cheap has moved to the $25 range. A good handful of my buddies were trying to convince me that throwing down $40 (after purchasing a cart) was a pretty good deal, and something they would happily do a few times a month.
These were the same guys that stopped snowboarding because the lift ticket prices were too expensive, now just over $40 at our local mountain.
Can somebody please explain to me how getting in a little electric cart and hitting a white ball from sand trap to sand trap for $40 is a good deal while getting a ride up a mountain so you can glide down at high speeds while gazing out at some of the most beautiful scenery on earth for $40 is expensive?
Same price, but can you really suggest they have equal value?
It's amazing how value gathers momentum in our world.
Just on effort alone, a lift ticket is one of the best deals since the US Postal Service. Otherwise, to enjoy days of skiing and boarding, one would need to climb for hours up a snowy mountain to enjoy 2-3 minutes of snow shredding fun. I can go to a big field and slap a golf ball from tree to tree, but snowboarding demands more.
It's one of the last great deals, a lift ticket. Enjoy it while it lasts!