When it comes to snowboarding, a ski resort is far more than just a place to relax and have fun.
The same can’t be said for skiing at the beach.
As the seasons get warmer, the resorts get packed, and the days get longer.
So while it may feel like there are more options for snowboarding than ever before, a large chunk of the population simply can’t justify the cost of renting a house for their entire stay.
“I don’t think there’s really any good answer for this, other than you have to think about the environment,” said Chris O’Leary, vice president of the National Snowboarder Association.
O’Brien, a New York-based skier who lives in Northern California, took a different approach.
He found the best place to ski in Florida was not a resort, but a place with snow.
“It’s a little bit of a stretch to say that [skiing at a resort] is more fun,” he said.
“But it’s certainly much cheaper than renting a place.”
In the winter, O’Malley said he would typically rent a two-bedroom condo, where he could ski and surf the local area.
But after a winter storm, O’s plan would be to rent out a two bedroom condo, and then spend the rest of the winter exploring the local beaches.
He would ski the local trails, do some surfing, and take advantage of the resorts weather.
O’s experience, however, isn’t universal.
According to the American Ski & Snowboard Association, the average cost of a house in Florida for winter snowboarding was $2,000, compared to $1,500 for skiing.
This means that O’Lees rental costs are significantly more than what is currently required to ski at the resort.
And while O’Reilly’s condo was rented for only a couple months, it still cost $5,000 a month.
“A lot of people don’t really understand that,” he told The Verge.
“If you want to ski with someone, you’ve got to pay a little more.”
In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ski rental fees in Florida are higher than those for other forms of recreation, like snowboarding and hiking.
But O’Leods experience with skiing is the reason why some people can afford to rent ski homes for the winter.
“The problem is you don’t get that opportunity,” he added.
In a perfect world, Oleys home would be an Airbnb-esque rental, where renters would rent out their ski house for just a few months.
But the reality is that that hasn’t always been the case.
“That’s not the world we live in right now,” he pointed out.
Oley’s experience isn’t unique.
According the National Ski Areas Association, more than half of U.K. ski areas have an occupancy rate of over 80% for the entire year. In the U