I think you should look at skiing and golfing a little more closely.
How much land does a golf course take up? What sense does it make to use that much land for a GAME? How much water is used to keep golf courses green in Arizona? Arizona is a desert. There aren't better things to do with water in a desert.
How much does it cost to fly to Colorado to ski?
High class almost invariably means expensive. So the status seekers need the well to do to tell them how to waste money to project the proper image.
Watch that Status Anxiety video that tmonster put in the "Food for Thought" thread.