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What to tip Instructors?

post #1 of 18
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I have always wondered the correct tipping guidelines. You hate to ask the instructor and most other skiers don't really seem to know either. I usually tip 10-15% is this good? Is there different % for day lessons and/or private/group lessons? Let's hear from you instructors.
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post #3 of 18
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Sorry for not searching the topic first but thanks for the links. At least I know that i have been a little on the generous side. How could folks not tip the instructor? (as long as they were good). What do you tip for a ski school, 4 days of skiing all day, same instructor, 100-150?
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Ron
Sorry for not searching the topic first but thanks for the links. At least I know that i have been a little on the generous side. How could folks not tip the instructor? (as long as they were good). What do you tip for a ski school, 4 days of skiing all day, same instructor, 100-150?
That's good, I'll take it! Actually, being a fly fishing guide in the summer months, tips are very good and daily for most good guides. I get on the most part, $40-$50 a day and consider this a fair tip. Although, on some days it's much better. I put as much work into my ski classes as I do on the river with my guest and feel that tips for skiing should be the same for skiing as for teaching fly fishing. But then I woke up.------------Wigs
post #5 of 18
you mean some instructors get tips?!

tips? what are tips?

just because you work with someone for 4 hours doesn't mean you need to tip, after all, instructors get paid so well, it would hardly be a drop in the bucket for them... heh heh heh. oh wait, that's not funny at all. that's my life
post #6 of 18
TIPS = To Insure Proper Service
Don't forget the people that take care of your children either....
post #7 of 18
They all swear they are starving - so I find food is a good choice
post #8 of 18
Any tip is appreciated, wether its a decent amount of money, or just $5-10 to buy a beer or two at the end of the day. As mentioned above, ski instructors make very little money compared to what the customer pays, and its this misunderstanding that drives poor tipping by customers. I cannot even begin to explain or estimate how many times people say, "oh you're a ski instructor, you must make a lot of money", but nothing could be further from the truth.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Manus
Any tip is appreciated, wether its a decent amount of money, or just $5-10 to buy a beer or two at the end of the day. As mentioned above, ski instructors make very little money compared to what the customer pays, and its this misunderstanding that drives poor tipping by customers. I cannot even begin to explain or estimate how many times people say, "oh you're a ski instructor, you must make a lot of money", but nothing could be further from the truth.

Good point, right on the money (pun intended) I was speaking with an instructor up at Beaver Creek and he explained the whole pay level thing. I was suprised that so little actually went to the instructor. If the customer knew the % that got paid to the instructor, I think the tips would be higher.
post #10 of 18
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I cannot even begin to explain or estimate how many times people say, "oh you're a ski instructor, you must make a lot of money", but nothing could be further from the truth.
I agree completely. If people knew how little we make there would be a lot more tips.

Best tip I ever got was a 4-day, 4 person private at Vail and got $450. The guy sent it to me in a check when he got home. I had given him my business card and was pretty bummed when he didn't give me something right away but was pleasantly surprised a week later.

More typical for an all day class lesson is to get $5 or $10 each from about half the class (that would be roughly 5% - 10%). So, $25-$50/day is what I typically get. In a class lesson there does seem to be a snowball effect. When the first person pulls out their wallet the others seem embarrassed not to.

Best, overall tip was four beautiful women in a private who not only gave me $100 but took me out for drinks and dinner afterward!

bob
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by disski
They all swear they are starving - so I find food is a good choice
food is good, beer is good too! the amount of the tip is relative, sometimes a couple bucks can mean so much more than the big dollar tip from the wealthy vacationer. i recieved a hand-made card from a kid after a 5-weekend lesson, i still have it to this day
post #12 of 18
Yeah, my favourite "tip" was from a kid I had for the week in group lessons at Mt Snow. At the end of the week, she gave me a headband she'd spent the week knitting me, it was designed to fit my goggle strap in perfectly.
At Stowe, the UK people we had were funny. In Oz and the UK, instructors are regarded as professionals and you'd never tip such people, but the word was filtering through, and they'd shyly give you $5...I would gravely accept and say thank you.... it was pretty funny.
post #13 of 18
If the lesson was good, I usually give a handshake. If not, a punch in the jaw. Slap to the face if it's a female.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Ron
How could folks not tip the instructor?
Ahhh...pretty simple...not all cultures and countries accept it as the norm.....In Japan it would almost be considered insulting.....In Oz while it is appreciated it is purely a merit thing and generally only done after a week or so together (ie not a single 2 hr group lesson), or at the end of the season - and it's usually a gift and not a tip.....

So just be aware of what culture you are in and the norms therein....

Of course in the US I accept I have no choice...weird place....and yeah around 15% to the nearest major denomination is what I would do....

jdm
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by xdog1
If the lesson was good, I usually give a handshake. If not, a punch in the jaw. Slap to the face if it's a female.

Is it polite to take your glove off first?
post #16 of 18
Note to self

keep guard up if you get xdog1 in your group at ESA

Yd
post #17 of 18
The best tip I ever got? A couple told me that the lesson we'd just completed was the best they'd ever had. I'm not sure, it my have been their first ever.

Really, the best thing you can do is tell management that your instructor is worth far more then the pitiful amount we're paid. Ah, that probably won't help either.

Tip what you feel, tip what you can afford. Anything will be appreciated even food and drink.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by xdog1
If the lesson was good, I usually give a handshake. If not, a punch in the jaw. Slap to the face if it's a female.
I HATE it when they do that....
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