Originally Posted by Yuki
At least a waiter knows that 97% of the time they will get some form of tip. Here in the lower east an instructor may only get a few ten dollar tips a season from those random and rare privates since 97% (at least it seems this way) are 1st' timers who won't tip at all.
Last season my net was about $700 for the season and I spent about $400 in fuel getting to the hill, had to "rent" my jacket from the hill for $75 and buy the vest and appropriate patches.
The last area that I worked at paid minimum state allowable wage of $5.15 per hour.
My PSIA renewal is still sitting on the breakfast table and every day I debate if today is the day that I'll put it in the mail or just say the hell with it?
In addition, just to move forward as a PSIA member is not a cheap endeavor. Look at the prices that are charged for 'events and training sessions'. I understand that the training is PERSONALLY worth the money....but without a supplemental income ......it is financially difficult for many to advance their education/training level. Most mountains do not reimburse for the cost of the events(although it is benefitting their 'product').....add in the UNPAID time off that must be arranged .....and then the lodging at the event site.....this adds up to quite a bit of money, quickly.
Based on the incredibly low wages compared to a fairly large over head.....No wonder attracting a new breed of Instructors is a difficult task.
I have also noticed that many of the perks of the industry are rapidily disappearing. Even local area mountains that usually extended a reciprocal day pass are now begining to charge ~$25/day.
I see the attraction of saying the heck with it....and buying an 'early bird' season pass....and just skiing!!!!