Originally Posted by Coach13
How could you feel that the home resort doesn't get hosed in JohnH's example?
In his example, the instructor convinces the returning student to pay him directly, instead of the ski school,and then takes them to another area to teach them. The home resort loses both the returning lesson and the lift fees in this example.
If the instructor had met this guy off the mountain and convinced him to take a lesson, I can see how the instructor at least brought a lift fee to the mountain. That wasn't the case here.
Happens every day in businesses of every kind... sales people leave one company and take "their" customers to another... companies fire distributors and take business direct to customers the distributor recruited. Most of the time such behavior is rewarded- unfortunately. Possibly happening already at a ski area near you.
If the profession "opened up a bit" toward a more competitive model, then such an example should be policed by the PSIA (or other) and the offender's certification should be pulled or sanctioned. I'm sure the home area would release the instructor from employment if they found out. Not being in good standing with PSIA would make it difficult to recruit customers or find employment with another SS.