I teach skiing for all of the above. When I started instructing I was 22, had two children and needed a way to afford to do what I loved in the winter. What I discovered that first year was, it was really a lot of work (I quit my job and taught full time), but I loved seeing people learn in a lesson to love what I loved. Smiles, tears, overcoming fears, challenges over come and so much more.
That was teaching beginners, which is all I think I taught that first year. I loved getting input and getting better. When I started to work for a bank after a couple years and still taught several days a week I actually got more in my career out of it. I was respected by upper management, recognized as a doer and goer and often requested to teach them or their families. Teaching skiing became part of my identity and giving it up was like losing part of me. When I finally went full time at the bank and eventually became management, I couldn't give up the teaching. I tried for a couple seasons but it was expensive to buy family passes and gear and I missed belonging, learning, and the gratification of watching others get the joy out of getting better that I felt.
I then went looking and found a resort where I could teach nights and I taught 5 nights a week. My children were dragged to the ski hill every night as they grew up and we took one day a week to just go ski somewhere I didn't work (time to practice what I learned and just have fun doing what I love). I didn't cover my costs of driving to the hill and paying for my uniform, but they made it easier to ski as a family, gave me a family pass, and I had pro deals that made it so affordable to have the gear I wanted that the compensation wasn't so important. When offered a tip I rarely accepted it, felt awkward after working at a bank all day to have someone offer me a tip. Now that I do it for a living in the winter.. I have no trouble taking that tip. Maybe there's too many part timers in our industry lol.
When I first moved south with my husband after the kids were grown he assured me I'd be able to ski, that was my biggest worry and there was a couple of ski resorts in North Carolina. After a couple seasons of only skiing a little, maybe 20 to 30 days a year and no teaching I was pretty miserable. I had been going north to do office, finance related work contracts for people I knew and then it donned on me that I could go teach skiing for the winter and that's what happened. So again I was teaching full time and yes, I love it still, love that I'm still learning. I remember thinking way back in my 20's that if I didn't do it now and get better then I'd be too old to. Proved myself wrong on that one so many times. So for my dream and the dreams of the people I teach, I keep teaching. Watching a 48 year old recently divorced woman spend an entire season of private lessons learning to ski and over comes fears and her lack of athletic skills, till she felt she was again worthy and had self confidence to move on with her life come back for a second and third year, watching children you taught become national junior racers or become the elite of instructors at the top of their game, working as directors and helping shape the industry and where it's going, I've seen so much and enjoyed so much and learned so much from so many people that putting a value on what I get out of teaching is nearly impossible.
This year when I was on my own end of the year course/vacation in another province and a young boy from one of my 8 week programs that year, about 11, comes running to give me a hug and his dad says, Wow I can ski everywhere with him now, thank you so much for what you did for him this year ( I point out he did it, i just made suggestions), I teach for that. That all said, i see nothing wrong with being paid to do what you love and appreciate being able to at least pay my rent, bills and cover my costs each winter, and the costs for on going courses when I head off to teach for the winter. I've gotten a lot out of teaching skiing, and I will continue to give a lot to be able to get that.