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The ski and snowboard season is well underway and that has brought up the age old question - how much more does it cost to hit the slopes in the winter versus surfing in Ontario? Surfing is free right? Lift ticket prices are outrageous!
Curiosity got the best of me so I decided to put the numbers and analysis to the test. I created a cost analysis of surfing versus skiing and snowboarding (slopes) and added in golfing as a comparable too as it's an individual pursuit with fees per play.
I broke it down into start up costs, participation costs and costs over 12 years. The costs include most major expenses to participate in your chosen activity. I added variants of owning a single board against owning multiple boards over 12 years.
Finally, I compared surfing versus the combination of participating on the slopes and at the golf course. In this comparison I doubled the surf sessions to equal the amount of days that would be combined with the slopes and golf rounds.
By no means is this the perfect analysis and I'm sure there are some errors in my assumption but the results should be close enough and I think some of the numbers may surprise us all.
Thanks for reading and get out there!Mike
Below I've summarized the main findings and included all the numbers to back up the hypothetical data.
After the graphs you'll find all assumptions for costs such as: equipment, travel costs, inflation, maintenance, lift tickets and green fees.
To have a Multi-Board quiver over 12 years:
Golfing will cost you just over $25,000 ($2,100 annually) and Snowboarding will cost you about $21,000 ($1,700 annually) more than it would to surf here in Ontario.
The combination of playing golf AND hitting the slopes versus Surfing with a multi board quiver will cost you almost $55,000 more over 12 years or $4,500 more annually.
To use One Board over 12 years:
Golfing will cost you just about $27,000 ($2,200 annually) and Snowboarding will cost you about $22,000 ($1,800 annually) more than it would to surf here in Ontario.
To play golf AND hit the slopes versus Surfing with one board will cost you just over $53,000 more over 12 years or $4,400 more annually.
The annual cost of Lake Surfing with a Multi-Board quiver in Ontario is $1,736 less than snowboarding and $2,123 less than golfing. See the chart below.
Two Remarkable Facts:
*You'll find all the supporting numbers at the bottom of the blog.
General Notes and Assumptions:
Equipment Price Assumptions:
One Board Notes:
Start Up Costs.
Quiver Basics Costs Surf
Quiver Basics Costs Slopes
Quiver Basics Costs Golf
One Board Over 12 Years Costs Surf
One Board/Set of Skis Over 12 Years Costs Slopes
One Set Over 12 Years Costs Golf
Quiver Combination Golf and Slopes Combined
Quiver Combination Double Surfing Time
Analysis of Multi-Board and One Board Golf and Slopes Combined Versus Surf Multi Board and Surf One Board