I must ask a question. that I do not know the answer.
When it comes to a resort and its instructing team, what part of the public does most of the income come from?
#1- Does it come from the on going training lessons of individuals? or teams of competitive skiing which again is an on going thing?
#2- Or does it come from the masses of beginners from the general public who want just a lesson or two? Many of which may never ski again or perhaps very rarely ski and never receive another lesson or maybe just another one or so at some point in the future?
It may sound silly to ask but while #2 may seem minimal I assume its an extremely huge pool of people so just by sheer numbers it may add up to be the bigger of the two types of generated incomes and since I do not know I thought it to be a legitimate question.
If the answer is #2 or even if its about a 50/50 split we must remember that very many of those people are not generally part of the avid ski community but are basically of the weekend masses who may ski but only a very minimal amount. The reason I bring this up is because what most of them see when it comes to skiing is the large expense of it. In fact that's probably a lot of the reason they don't do become avid skiers let alone ever become the addicted skiers as those who live in ski communities or like many here on Epic. Its a large expense especially for a family. The traveling, lift tickets, food, and most usually accommodations as well. And lessons are also yet another expense which in itself is not cheap. They also don't have the familiarity with how things work financially when it comes to those lessons. Its just not something done as part of regular life such as (among other things) being served by a waiter/waitress at a restaurant. They spend all the money associated (as mentioned above) to get the family skiing and then pay for lessons for a child or two and/or even themselves as well not to mention ski rentals too.
Now I'm not saying what is right or wrong. I happen to be a good tipper. I don't have much money at all but I tip well anyway. But thinking about all I just wrote above I can certainly see how one may not even think to tip the instructor. Not even for being cheap, but just honestly not realizing that it may be something to do. to recieve. Again, the lesson also is just not something they regularly do so its all unfamiliar. But also just like its the job of those who help people on the lifts all day long and maintain the snow pads at the lifts, help people who fall, and pick up skis and poles and gloves all day long. No one thinks of tipping them for all the assistance they give to everyone. Why? because they paid the mountain for that service just the same as they paid for the lesson. Not saying right or wrong but just the way it is. Sure, many people do know better and refuse to tip also but even putting those people aside I think the majority (from the masses part above) represents what I described.
As for the waiter/waitress thing the tips are actually part of their base salaries. Many are not paid minimum wage because of that very reason so I think that's a bit different for a comparison.