I honestly have not the faintest idea how you can read because, understandably, most of the Americans qualified to teach were actually doing another job which guaranteed payment as resentment - I wouldn't be there if those Americans had not made that choice. The point, as I reiterated in my second post, is CHOICE. By choosing not to work full-time, those instructors created a gap in the market which we filled. I in no way object to them having a second job (to support full-time instruction) or to making instructing their second job (to alleviate their "normal" life).
And this must be my day for being dense, because I also have no idea why you highlighted It doesn't answer the problem of finding work, which was a reference to supportive emails from my clients - which won't get me back to the US, but do make me feel better about having been in the US.
As for It will be interesting to see what the resorts do - will they actually try to offer working conditions which attract professional, certified instructors to work full-time, or will they fill up their rosters with uncertified teenagers who are happy to put up with poor wages in return for a lift pass, I stand by it. I have no doubt you, like the trainers at my resort, work very hard indeed to get those new hires up to scratch ... but the point remains that many of them will be uncertified, and comparitively cheap labour. If you and your colleagues do your job as well as I know you can then you may enthuse them to carry on in the industry and seek qualifications, and that's brilliant. But I wonder how many will be one-season wonders? And, for the record, I don't think the public see us all as equals. The public is reasonably well-educated, partly because of the pretty good work PSIA has done with its Go With A Pro (forgive me if I have that wrong) initiative.
As for You accepted that job with full knowledge that if you didn't book yourself, you we expected to show up at line up and if no work existed you wouldn't get any pay, er, not quite. I knew I was expected to turn up - that's what we do. Or what I do. But I wasn't told until I got to PC that I wouldn't even get non-teach pay for my time standing there, helping organise, dealing with clients ... all the customer-facing things which can be done well or badly. I pride myself on doing them well. It would be nice for that effort to be recognised, but there you go.
I have no axe to grind at all with American ski instructors; I can't think of one I haven't got along well with and befriended. I count five as being among the people who have taught me most about this fantastic job and made me better at it (at least, I hope I'm better at it). But I object to putting the cart before the horse and blaming foreigners for keeping Americans out of work. Do you really think the US resorts would have gone to the considerable expense of getting those H2B visas unless they couldn't get home-grown instructors - for free? You can argue that they should have paid more to attract US instructors, and I would agree with you ... but they should have done that before. They didn't lower the wages after using the visa programme.