" mspamelablythe wrote:
^I guess I don't really understand why people think prices will never rise. I received an increase at work this past year, and I expect one next year. My job hasn't changed, nor has the amount of hours I put in. I assume that most people get increases each year, unless they are at minimum wage (and even then there are increases, just not always yearly). Wages increase, expenses increase and in turn revenue needs to increase in order to maintain a profitable business. I have no idea what it costs to keep the stomping grounds open, but I do know that if the revenue they generate from it doesn't cover the costs, you won't see as a permanent fixture. "
I wish my world worked this way. In a growing economy your scenario is right on. Not so much today. Lots of people have not gotten raises. A lot of these people have had their portion of their health benefits payments go way up with less coverage. Hours cut, or even laid off. All I know is that skiing as taken a bigger percentage of my income for the last 3 years. And things are bad enough here that I had a rent reduction on my office space. I have been here in this building for over 20 years and never seen more than 2 units vacant at any one time, and that was just for 30 to 45 days. We now have 40% vacancy which was 50% up until last month. And that is because someone rented space to store their belongings from loosing their house. I have had to get real creative the last few years to continue skiing. I can't imagine having a family and getting away with this. Things are kinda, maybe looking a smidge better. Here's hoping for a better 2011. I just try to keep laughing and smiling. I'm not sure if the glass is half full, or half empty. But i am convinced we could have saved a little money by buying a smaller glass.
Have fun out there.