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Can you request a specific Instructor?

post #1 of 8
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I often see people, especially PSIA types, posting here that you cannot request a specific pro in group lessons only privates.  Why not?     

 

In my experience you can request a specifc pro in a group or private, it dont matter. Sure, you may not get who you request because they are unavailable, but the odds of that are no worse, or better in privates.  Good private pros are often booked out weeks if not months in advance.

 

Anyway...just curious.

post #2 of 8

I have been booked by specific groups for teaching.  It is not your typical group lesson.  These are groups of people that know each other and get together to specifically ask for an instructor.

 

Now, if its a typical group lesson where the people are just gathered together as they sign up for the lesson, then that's another thing.  You get who you get.

 

It would be interesting to see group lessons sold for specific instructors.  Walk up to the ski school desk, look at the menu of instructors and what type of group they are teaching, then pick your group and instructor.  It might be something for a resort to try out.

post #3 of 8

It can happen, that if a few friends get together and tell a supervisor that if they can have such and such instr, they will take a lesson. Otherwise, they will not. Trust me- most sup's will try to sell that lesson by making the particular instr available! It's all about numbers! But, sometimes it just can't work, so there are no guarantees.

 

Never hurts to ask... especially during slower business periods. What's the worst they can say? NO?

 

T2's idea may have some merit... might be worth looking into!

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Originally Posted by T-Square View Post

It would be interesting to see group lessons sold for specific instructors.  Walk up to the ski school desk, look at the menu of instructors and what type of group they are teaching, then pick your group and instructor.  It might be something for a resort to try out.



Never seen that.  My experience is the person pays for a group lesson then shows up at the designated meeting place.  Then once there they make it known they want to ski with "Mr. Skidude" that day.  So then that person if at all possible is put in that group....it usually is possible to then compile a group of people of similiar ability who want the same.....not hard.

post #5 of 8

Our assignments (instructors to group level) are done at the beginning of the day, prior to lineup. If an instructor happens to be assigned to the level you want to learn, you'd get that person. If not, they likely already have the beginnings of their group. If you want to request a specific instructor, you have to request at least the day before. You can always ask, but to accommodate you, the sup would have to change the assignments, and that can mean a number of permutations that s/he may choose to avoid.

 

Request privates are rewarded, though, and encouraged.

post #6 of 8

Guilty as charged and point taken. I have said this before, I don't say it often. As a part time stupidvisor (meaning it's much more fun to teach), if a guest asks me for a specific instructor at group lineup I will do my best to accommodate that request (I usually check with the pro first to make sure they actually want the student too). Most of the time it is not a problem. I've also told guests who wanted me for a private but could not afford one that they if they showed up at a specific time for an upper level lesson, they were likely to get me (because I knew I would be the only on the schedule who could cover it) and had that work out ok. Most of the time however, if a guest shows up at the group lesson meeting area and asks for me, I will not be available for them because the supervisor needs to use me somewhere else.

post #7 of 8

Can you request a specific Instructor?

 

Yes, you can.  Whether the ski school will honor that request is another matter.

 

- this has been another in a series of simple answers to simple questions.

post #8 of 8

Most ski schools will attempt to honor a daily request but in a lot of cases it is not possible. If two different people request different instructors at the same level someone is going to be denied, just a example of when you can not get your requested instructor. 

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