You guys skiing for $5 per day is very impressive.
Looking at this thread, you guys in New England (MA, CT, Albany, etc.) who have the season pass thing dialed-in and do relatively short day-trips to ski and/or stay overnight in cheap ski club lodging may be doing our sport as cheap or cheaper than many other places in the country?? This is a little enlightening to me since I always thought of the typical New England season pass as being more costly than many places. But lift tickets/passes expenses are only a minority of the cost in the bigger picture of a snowrider's budget. I guess people out west living close to good skiing like SLC, Sacramento or miscellaneous small cities and rural areas in northern Rockies may be doing it quite cheaply as well?
I am probably closer to $120 per ski day, but that includes lifts, transportation (gas, airfare, car rental) and overnight lodging, but doesn't include meal costs. Every single one of my 29 ski days this winter involved staying overnight away from home from between one to 14 nights per "outing". I am fortunate that about half those nights were in Utah staying with a family member at no cost.