Originally Posted by bud heishman
O.K. Big R, I guess I am not current by your standards so I guess I could pay my back dues amnisty program and take a clinic or two from the latest hip guys who will tell me what I have probably read or heard before, then they will ask me to take a look at their canting, we'll do some bonding and I will be out some cash. Would that make you feel better or make a lick of difference in what I propose doing? Please....
Would your ski school hire me as a 1099 subcontractor to provide a service? (of course only if I passed your criteria). Would any ski school accept the liability of an instructor assessing perscribing and balancing/planing boot soles? If your answer is no...does that mean it is not a viable service? Does that mean it has to be separated like church and state? this is the jest of my question. If they won't let you join them, beat'em.
PMTS, NASTC, and others like them are the leading edge because they recognize the importance of this service and integrate into their programs. Resort risk management doesn't know how to broach the issue. Deep pockets are afraid of a process that helps skiers ski better, is safer for their knee joints, and would set their ski school apart. Yet it is universally accepted and proven to have profound positive affects on one's skiing performance. And yet these same resorts build huge jumps, rails, halppipes, and other obstacles that are causing countless injuries.....go figure?
So I ask you in your infinite wisdom what is the answer?
I am not looking to rock the boat or start a whole ground swell of freelance instructors.
I just want to do what I do well. Unfortunately, I do not fit your mold Rusty.
Still no dates....was it a year, five years, ten years?
Again, you asked my opinion and I gave you my answer.
If your asking do I believe in boot alignment? Yes of course.
In reality I have done at Eldora something akin to what you have described. I think Lenny, Bob Barnes and any Eldora instructor will attest to this.
Two years ago I approached management about selling ski lessons to customers in advance. In return I asked for a commission structure. Due to the resort having the future value of the money I asked for the product to be deeply discounted. I win, the customer wins, and the resort wins.
I begin marketing the product in the fall. I set up a Nordica booth at the busiest health club in Boulder. The booth is open while a former US Ski team member (Amy Bervey-wife of Warren Miller producer Max Bervey) holds a six week ski conditioning class. I market my lessons and Nordica equipment. Dennis Meeker who is a "Bear" manages the best shop in Boulder and he gives away free ski tunes and donated a pair of Nordica boots for a raffle.
I have not been to a line-up in a long time. I'm booked typically two weeks in advance on my scheduled days. I generate my own lesson business thru sales as opposed to waiting for walk-up business.
My pay rate is no secret. In the scenario you describe the lesson costs the customer $70.00 per hour which is about what folks in Boulder pay a trainer at a gym. I make $29.50 with the commission. If I work hard and schedule well I can have a gross, without tips, of $180.00 per day
I don't accept tips. I ask customers to buy their kids a gift, give it to charity, or reinvest in lessons. Crazy? You wouldn't believe how many folks then feel it only fair to "reinvest". It works well in Boulder.
I had a Bear who wanted a few days of Bumps. I called the SSD at another resort, said I'm bringing business, described my pay scheme at Eldora, and we worked out a similar deal.
So that is my mold. Could I make more money as an independent. I'm not sure once you consider insurance for the business and/or the exposure I might face vis a vis worker's comp.
Instructors planing boot soles? I think it would be a wonderful and novel idea. Do I think a resort would welcome the liability? No. Why should they when the woods are full of folks who provide this service. It creates a firewall to have it done off premise. I don't say I agree I merely suggest that is reality.
I cannot take a client into our terrain park. Why? PSIA-RM has established a multi-tiered accredidation. The smart guys in our ski school ran off and got the accred and no stay very busy with freestyle camps/ clients, etc.
Liability is a reality.