Kneale, where in training on either accident?
That's a total bummer, Kneale.
As I started at Breck at the start of Spring Break 2013, I don't think I ever really got the full statement of expectations from VR. So I was somewhat surprised at checkout this spring that your evaluation was affected by the amount of (non-paid) training you did. I exceeded expectations, but it is surprising to me that you can base an employee's evaluation on non-compensated activities. And especially on ones that expose the employee to risk without the cover of Workman's Compensation.
An attorney working on workman's comp issues with knowledge of the specifics of Vail's ski school thinks they are legally liable for workman's comp on injuries sustained during non-mandatory training (at least in Colorado). And that attorney works the defense side of the business.
Vail has a minor amount of mandatory training that all instructors are required to take. It includes safety training and some stuff on commonality in filling out their report cards. Other than that, training is on your own time.
Vail provides a minor ($.25-.$50/hr) bump in pay for obtaining PSIA certifications (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3). They will reimburse the cost of the certification in the season after it is earned presuming that you return to work at a Vail resort the season after earning your cert.