I took a 1.5 hr private lesson this morning from a certified instructor. The lesson cost me $80 (after 20% season pass discount). I felt like the instructor did an awesome job. I tipped $15. I'm sure some would tip more and some would tip less, but that's what I could afford to do. He seemed extremely appreciative, and I feel like I got my money's worth. He had mentioned that he and his wife were going to a movie, so I figured that $15 paid for a small soda.
Hahaha....all tips, no matter how modest, are greatly appreciated. If I teach 8 students and they all give me $5, that is $40 on top of the $50-$60 the resort pays me. $100 to go skiing for the day is a pretty sweet deal!
I've always found, however, that as inconsistent as tipping might be from day to day, I probably average about the same net income each season. I may go a week or two without a tip and then one day someone throws me $100. The handful of really generous people out there usually save the day. My best tip ever was almost $1000 (in addition to free lunch for 6 days) for teaching a group of kids from Arkansas for a week. That is basically a months pay in this industry.
But I still think resorts should pay more. When I become GM of a major resort this will undoubtedly be my first order of business. The board probably won't appreciate it but someone needs to do it. I'll even take it out of my pay if necessary (although I could probably identify 100 other places the money could easily come from). Here is an idea.....why don't we turn down the heat in the damn locker room??? Why does it need to be 100* in a room where people are putting on heavy winter clothing and preparing to stand outside all day? Duh. I've got 99 other ideas as well.