Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Jackson Hole has five different "Status" levels. I'm sure I don't have all the details correct but this is close:
"A" is full time, minimum of 5 days a week, essentially 7 days a week during holidays. You get a full uniform, locker, season passes for the family, etc. A higher base pay rate and you qualify for a bonus at the end of the season based on hours worked. "A" is partly based on seniority. Some level of health insurance.
"B" is full time. Most of the same requirements and benefits as above, probably with a slightly lower base pay and a little less seniority.
"C" is pretty much full time. Still (I believe) a family season pass. A bit lower in base pay. Less in seniority.
"D" is part-time. Must be available Christmas through New Year's, President's week, and a week during spring break. I think D's only get a season pass for themselves and maybe a discount on family passes. Full uniform. No locker. No insurance.
"E" is REALLY part time (that's me). Only have to be available from Christmas Day through New Year's Day. You end up with about the equivalent of ten days of "pass" tickets that you use on days when you're not working. Lower base pay and, for the most part less seniority (although a few of us have 10 or 20 years of seniority). Full uniform. No locker. No insurance.
The mountain sports school actually loves having D and E status instructors because of the enormous waves of lesson-buyers during Christmas, President's, and Spring Break.
Bob is almost right... I think I might have it from memory, but could be wrong without checking.
A status has a commitment level of 525 hrs/season. You get an 8% bonus at the end of the season if you make your hours. You get priority booking over B, C, D, and E status instructors. You get season passes for you and your entire family. You get a locker, boot dryer, and a ski slot that holds 3 pairs of skis. You must be PSIA L3 or higher.
B status has a commitment level of 400 hrs/season. You get a 6% bonus at the end of the season if you make your hours. You get priority booking over C, D, and E status instructors. You get season passes for you and your entire family. You get a locker, boot dryer, and a ski slot that holds 3 pairs of skis. You must be PSIA L2 or higher.
C status has a commitment level of 300 hrs/season. You get a 4% bonus at the end of the season if you make your hours. You get priority booking over D & E status instructors. You get a season pass for yourself and one other family member. You get a locker, boot dryer, and a ski slot that holds three pairs of skis. You probably have to share the locker, ski slot, and boot dryer with another C level instructor.
D status gets you a season pass for yourself.
E status gets you a 10 day pass.
I can't remember what the commitment level is for D & E status. It is pretty low. All status levels require you to work everyday during the rush periods. None of the levels have a "set" number of days that you work a week. Most A status guys have to work 5 or more to make their hours. The good news is that if you are A status you work every day you show up.
I am B status. I was scheduled an average 5 days/week and worked almost every day I showed up. There were three periods during the season that I worked 21 days in a row or better. I fell just short of 600 hours last season with about half of them being request private. I keep 2 pairs of alpine skis and a pair of teles in my ski slot. Because I work in all three disciplines, I also share a snowboard slot with another snowboard instructor. I keep all three pairs of boots and a prepped BC pack in my locker at all times.
The way the bonus works is that you get a percentage of your earnings as a bonus if you make your hours, you get no bonus at all if you don't. JHMR gave every employee a few percentage points (4?) as an unexpected bonus this season in addition to our existing bonuses this year! Thank You very much!
Every employee gets a 40% discount on food and a 20%? discount on gear. Every employee gets a uniform. Everyone has access to reciprocal passes at Grand Targhee with a supervisors letter. Both resorts must be open to take advantage of this. All employees get a Promotive.com access code. We get free admission to Classical music performances at the Grand Teton Music Festival. There are a bunch of other benefits that I can't remember right now. I don't remember the gear discount, because I have a better deal than most as part of my ambassador position with JH Sports.
A status and supervisors get an extra soft-shell piece that the rest of us don't. Health insurance is provided for full time year round or dual season employees, not for any winter employees. A & B status instructors can get a health insurance reimbursement with proof of insurance after 3 years of employment at B status or above. I think mine was $160/month.
Base pay has nothing at all to do with status level. Your base pay is determined by certification level, years of experience teaching at JHMR and other resorts. Your previous years performance in hours taught, training, group lesson students taught, and private request hours. You also get credit for certifications from organizations other than PSIA, for example Avy certification, AMGA, and others. I would make the same base rate if I was to move up to A status or down to C, D, or E status