HolyCoast: Some Less Than Heavenly Inflation

Monday, October 10, 2011

Some Less Than Heavenly Inflation

Want to know how inflation affects your dollars?  Here's an example for you.

This weekend, barring a last-minute change of plans, I'm planning to pick up both my kids at their respective schools and take the bunch of us up to Lake Tahoe for the day on Saturday.  My kids have never been to Tahoe, and we haven't been there since 1994.  The lake is special to us because it was almost 25 years ago we had our honeymoon up there.

I pulled out the scrapbook that had pictures and souvenirs from that honeymoon trip because I wanted to find the name of the place where we stayed.  I want to run by there while we're in town.  While going through the book I found some photos of an activity we did on our next-to-last day there - the scenic tram (now called gondola) at the Heavenly Ski Resort.  The view from the top is pretty spectacular.  Here are a couple of pictures I took while we were up there.  The first is the tram with Lake Tahoe in the background:
The second is a shot of Stateline, NV, which is just over the California border and where all the casinos are.
I even found the ticket stub from our tram ride, and here's where the inflation part kicks in.
On that day in 1987 it cost $9 apiece to ride the tram.  I pulled up the Heavenly website to what it would cost today because I thought it might be a fun thing to do on Saturday.  Here's what I found:
I don't think we're going to go (unless somebody from Heavenly wants to offer me the 1987 pricing).

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