Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
Requested Privates at our mountain pay us ½ the lesson price, so the money is good. I love the idea of picking someone random from the picture board and requesting them if you don't know someone to request.
Or why not just seek out recommendations here from the Epic Ski members? Seems to be many instructors here to refer along.
I'm a relative newbie here but I've received a ton of great advice here that led me to my first trip out west (Copper) coming up in a few weeks. I even received a great recommendation here that connected me with one of the supervisors, who then paired me with what he feels is a good fit with a Level 3 for a private for my wife and I. Can't wait. And, although I didn't know it until I read this thread, but I'm very happy to know that the instructor will get paid a little more since they were specifically requested - glad to know that someone will benefit financially from the help I've received here.
And I plan to tip appropriately. But tipping is also very personal. I worked my way through college on service jobs that relied solely on tipping (waiter, bellman, valet, etc.) so I'm happy to tip appropriately. But I can definitely see how someone would tire of opening their wallet every time they turn around, from airfare, lodging, lift tickets, rentals, transportation, inflated dining at the resort, lessons, and on and on. To say that anyone who can afford all that can then afford to tip $100 or whatever on top of that is a bit presumptive, in my opinion. Some folks may have to save for years just to afford to take the family on a trip like that and genuinely can't afford to tip on top of that. Personally, I build that into my travel budget but can understand why others may not.