What does it cost you for access to a slalom course or where you put your course or free ski?

HortonHorton Posts: 24,617 Administrator
edited January 2016 in Other Stuff
Not asking the cost of a boat or ski or gas. Only what does it cost you for access to the water where you ski.

If you belong to a club and the boat is included then yes I am asking for that cost.

What does it cost you for access to a slalom course or where you put your course or free ski? 159 votes

$0
22%
Ed_ObermeierDWmlangeAndreeyepeelerjayskiPat MWishjackskibananaronjcamppvysohlidRPTWaternutToddFswardcoaupatkingBill22Larsoldjeep 35 votes
$1.00 to 99.00 per year
7%
LZywicki1skibrainAlvin_Neffbrodyjjackkrashswc5150Glockgrer0402Chris TaylorwolfgangsgreggWayneCammidge 12 votes
$100.00 to $499.00 per year
16%
thagerscotchipmanChef23Than_BoganDanEGarnDeanoskiraynskinutJody_SealskiboynyMateo Vargas6ballsrodbJoepruncALPJrgsm_peterbikesrusTazyMike28foxriverat 27 votes
$500.00 to $999.00 per year
9%
jedgellRpc29LeonLskisprayMJ1dbskigregycrashmanbkreisSkoot1123OldGuysRuledchristmankingshreddgt2003MR.D 15 votes
$1000.00 to $4,999.00 per year
35%
skidawgDaveDski6jonesMarcoskibugAlberto SoaresandybSkiRVrawlywaterskicoreyRichardDoanePSMKelvinjhughesjimbrakeJohnNLazLieutenant Dancamjamigkya 56 votes
$5000.00 to $10,000.00 per year
5%
auskierJack Kinneelr9400adamhcaldwellbajajstaab3IronR1 8 votes
More than $10K per year
3%
HortonChuck_DickeyskiepDragoskiinxsunksskis 6 votes

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  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,072 Mega Baller
    $100.00 to $499.00 per year
    I went with over $100 but mostly because I buy a dock permit for my dock on the lake. It is a public lake and people can ski the course for free. We do request donations from folks and usually it comes to about $50 a year unless something bad happens to the course. People could ski the course for free though.
    Mark Shaffer
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,864 Mega Baller
    edited January 2016
    $0
    Nothing for me. Course on a public lake that my brother inlaw lives on. I think he pays some nominal amount into the pot for new balls and tubing. The other course I use rarely is also on a public lake. Again free for me since I ski with a longtime member of the org that owns it, if i were a member then it is something like $200. Used to use a portable a lot, that was also free.


    For free skiing 5 minutes away $35 a year for my lake Minnetonka parking permit.
    Chuck P
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  • nicolas_bermudeznicolas_bermudez Posts: 12 Baller
    $1000.00 to $4,999.00 per year
    its about 5000 a year just for access in my city (Bogotá, Colombia), that doesn't account for the actual skiing nor the aditional expenses to that, transport there and back without mentioning food...
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,617 Administrator
    More than $10K per year
    @oldjeep now I know why you think water skiing is cheap. If I could leave California I would but unless you live in Sacramento it almost impossible to get low cost access to decent water

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  • PT MikePT Mike Posts: 163 Baller
    $1000.00 to $4,999.00 per year
    $2200 a season for my hi & dry marina bill to ski tidal salt water on Long Island. $1500 to ski a private club in NY, $600 for the club in NJ, and $180 for my Okeeheelee permit.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,864 Mega Baller
    $0
    @horton they don't call mn the land of 10,000 lakes for no reason;). Also the birthplace of waterskiing.
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  • thagerthager Posts: 3,988 Mega Baller
    $100.00 to $499.00 per year
    Costs me about $120 for new bouys and maintenance each year.
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  • WaternutWaternut Posts: 1,511 Crazy Baller
    $0
    I live on a public lake and occasionally ski a public course. I also ski a private lake with a guy who just charges a minimal amount for sets with no annual fee. I guess my dock fee is technically around $150 a year but that borders on the same lines as mortgage and taxes so I didn't include it.

    I haven't really kept track of upkeep of the course on the public lake because I usually buy the parts and in return get extra gas added to my boat or picked up on someone else's boat.
  • KelvinKelvin Posts: 1,002 Crazy Baller
    $1000.00 to $4,999.00 per year
    I only included the $1600 in HOA dues. I didn't include taxes or interest on the place since it is my primary residence and I have to live somewhere. @Horton, I'm curious about what all costs you are including in your number? I know you guys pay out the nose to pump water.
    Kelvin Kelm, Lakes of Katy, Katy Texas
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,617 Administrator
    edited January 2016
    More than $10K per year
    @Kelvin I had to buy a lake house that is not my residence. We could live there but no one would really choose to live there. There was no other real option within 4 hours of Bakersfield. That dollar amount includes my dues and loan payment.

    If I thought I could sell my lot semi easily I would call it an investment. They are extremely hard to resale.

    My situation is typically in California south of Sacramento. You own or you mooch.

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  • StejcraftbenStejcraftben Posts: 52 Baller
    Our club membership is $60 a year and then it's another $250ish for the awwf membership but that covers you if you are injured at the club or a tournament.
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,028 Mega Baller
    $1000.00 to $4,999.00 per year
    I belong to two clubs.

    One is $175 per year and you bring your own boat. They are looking for a new lake this year and the fee might change if the lease cost is higher. We skied at any time. This club is about 100 miles (one-way) from my house. I probably spent $70 in gas per week (truck and boat) to ski there once or twice a week during a 4 month period.

    The other club is $2250 per year and includes the lake, clubhouse, course, boat, and gas. Ski at any time. This club is about 40 miles (one-way) from my house. I answered the poll based on this club, as it is my primary participation.

    I occasionally put my own portable on a lake up north when vacationing at the family cottage. The course cost me about $800 nearly 10 years ago. I might spend $200 in gas per summer skiing there.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 608 Crazy Baller
    $100.00 to $499.00 per year
    But I see that number doubling this year.
  • BCMBCM Posts: 154 Baller
    $1000.00 to $4,999.00 per year
    Just over $1000/yr for access to a great 3-event site that is 3 miles from my house.
  • dbskidbski Posts: 201 Crazy Baller
    $500.00 to $999.00 per year
    I live on a public lake with a course that I can ski free anytime. The course is in the middle of the lake so conditions even early are marginal. I'm lucky to be in a group of five other guys and we lease an old sand/gravel pit 9 miles from my house. Its an ideal 2100' long and skis fantastic. There is nothing like private water and being able to ski anytime. Beats the hell out of getting up at 6:00 am like we used to. The $800 a year is the easiest bill I pay all year!
    Rick Bohn
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  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 924 Crazy Baller
    edited January 2016
    $1.00 to 99.00 per year
    Small public lake 15 minutes from home. Like @oldjeep $35 annual park pass when I was trailering a boat. Less when skiing with network of friends who trailer or live on the lake. Submersible course has been inoperable for a couple years with a change in property ownership, but hope to get that going again.

    We lived in Pasadena for three years in the mid 80's. Skied once in Long Beach at Marine Stadium. Compared with MN, other than a trip out to the Colorado River, it seemed like the waterskiing opportunities were nil.
  • bajabaja Posts: 230 Baller
    $5000.00 to $10,000.00 per year
    I have 2 places but the one I ski at 3+ times a week costs $4300 per year in membership dues alone. No boat included. Expensive but only 30 minutes from my house in the OC in So Cal. Skied 10 days in December and already have January in the books. Raised the course yesterday in preparation for El Nino.

    Previously drove 270 miles round trip thru LA traffic to ski at Ironwood in Arvin 2 times a week. That was a great deal for So Cal at $1500 membership but the time and driving was killing me and my cars.

    My second place is a vacation home 4 hours away. $4000 per year for ground lease at The Secret Spot from old Waterski magazines. Do weekends there about once a month now.
  • foxriveratfoxriverat Posts: 399 Solid Baller
    $100.00 to $499.00 per year
    We have 2 courses set up on a public river. 4 of us have boats on the water. It is only about 4 mile boatable stretch. A dam to the south and it gets too shallow to make it to the north dam. Which keeps people who dont know the river off of it. The money spent is to replace buoys and bungees from weekend wallys running them over. Seems after every weekend we have to replace a few.
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  • Pat MPat M Posts: 524 Crazy Baller
    $0
    While it is nice to have my course out my window on a public lake, I would gladly pay for access to a private lake if there was one near by. Skiing conditions are night and day in comparison.
    BrennanKMN
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,617 Administrator
    More than $10K per year
    The more I look at this thread the worse I feel. I gotta sell my crap and get out of California

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  • Ed_ObermeierEd_Obermeier Posts: 1,334 Crazy Baller
    $0
    What @Pat M said, although I don't have a course outside my window. If I had the option I'd gladly pay for private site access, within reasonable driving distance of course. Just doesn't exist in these here parts. But I'm REALLY good at getting a portable in and out of the local public lakes...
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  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,721 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    $100.00 to $499.00 per year
    $375 for me and $375 for a partner $750 total for our renting of dock space at the swamp.
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  • NandoNando Posts: 384 Solid Baller
    My cost is in buoys and materials, otherwise $0 for three courses, all on technically public lakes, though one has no access and only two Nautiques for boats. One county here requires you to indemnify them on course permits, but the permits are free.
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 988 Mega Baller
    $500.00 to $999.00 per year
    @horton hopefully you're getting a higher quality and quantity of sets per dollar (except for last year) than the lower annual cost options.
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • gt2003gt2003 Posts: 672 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited January 2016
    $500.00 to $999.00 per year
    Mine is assuming I join a ski club this year in Bixby or Owasso. Cost is $600/year, no boat. One of the regulars told me basically you ski 2 sets and pay the boat driver $20 since it isn't your boat. Add in the trips that we will still likely make to Arkansas to ski with Steve and Angela and you're still in the same range. Well, it doesn't include my trips to Houston to ski w @Skihard . That's vacation time!
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,617 Administrator
    More than $10K per year
    @dchristman Yes sort of. This year I will be able to be at the lake nonstop if I want but will not have a good boat drive most of the time. If it is not one thing it is another.

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  • skihardskihard Posts: 527 Crazy Baller
    $1000.00 to $4,999.00 per year
    I pretty much just stated my HOA dues and water bill for the community. Not even going into the cost of house and taxes.
    The irony in it all is that when we used to ski public lakes back in Canada before we moved I bet I spent way more money to ski per year in costs than I do here and I ski year round here! :)
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  • chris55chris55 Posts: 236 Baller
    Where I ski is apublic lake but the access to the slalom is privat so we have to join a club 175.- per year and 160.-- per hour, so 6 passes is 9 minutes...and we have a boat SN 200 with a pilot and coach. It is ok except when we have fishermen and trafic....but we can ski dowtown Geneva and I can ski at my lunch break or early morning before going to work.
  • MSMS Posts: 4,486 Mega Baller
    $1000.00 to $4,999.00 per year
    lot cost=too much
    house=too much
    dues= 500 per year and 1 per pass.
    Shut up and ski
  • dbresseldbressel Posts: 31 Baller
    $1000.00 to $4,999.00 per year
    $2800 for boat and lake access - cant complain about the lake or boat works great for me. But yes, we need to get out of California. In Fresno, the average County/City employee's salary is double that of the general residents. We pay allot in California. It is nice to have access to many different things; but it is starting to get a little ridiculous.
    sgregg
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