Joe Vallone is a well respected mountain guide who grew up in the US and nowadays lives in La Grave. On his facebook page he posted a Survey Question. I am wondering what your opinion is..... His post:
I can't help but to notice and assume that not all, but what appears to be most of the winter sports consumer market now a days are more willing to spend their money on gear and gadgets then investing in education, experience, professional development and or hiring a guide. This is something I have known and noticed for well over a decade, but I think is really only recently coming to light in the mainstream but not really being driven home the way it should be, and unfortunately it is advertising dollars, mainstream media marketing and sales that will influence much of this.
I have observed this behavior since my late 90's and early 2000's when I lived in Ski Country USA amongst friends, partners, local pros, and even the media kings, reps, managers and promoters that controlled our sport at the time.
I don't think much has changed. This leads me to the subject of the air bag owner. I would guess that most current airbag owners spent more money on their bags then their education. (I know some incredibly talented and educated folks that use bags but you are in a giant minority)
MY SURVEY QUESTION
If you have $1000.00 to spend, what would you choose to spend it on? You can either spend it on an airbag, or avi education/guided instruction. What do you think is the better value and or return on investment? What do you think?
Disclaimer: I am not anti airbag and this is only my facebook page where I can entertain myself.