Originally Posted by freeski919
I'm glad you are thinking ahead about tipping. One comment that has me confused is the one about northern VT vs. Aspen. Is it your impression that those of us in northern VT are less tip worthy than instructors at Aspen? I assure you, we work just as hard and deliver just as good a product up here as they do out there. I'd suggest tipping based on the quality of the product you get, and not think about where you're located.
That comment was in response to the suggestion that I make adjustments up or down according to the regional cost of living and prices. Realistically, regardless of lesson quality, I dont think it is a realistic expectation for a ski instructor at a VT resort to expect to make as much as a heli guide in Alaska, the same way a NYC lawyer makes multiples of what a lawyer in Denver makes, for example.
I guess where I come out on this whole tipping issue is that it sucks that you guys dont get paid that well despite bringing in big revenue for the resort. But as a customer, I think all I'm obligated to do is to treat you with courtesy and respect, come ready to learn, and to appreciate the services you provide to me and my family. For me, "being appreciative" means thanking you genuinely, and paying you some amount of money that hopefully makes you feel like I'm not just free-riding the resort's pay structure.
But I'm not going to try and bring your total pay up to a "living wage" or anything like that