Originally Posted by Arby
But, $325 for a few hours to ski is plenty. How it is split is not my problem.
Neither you nor I have the ability to change that ratio. When we request a private, we do have the ability to make sure the person teaching us is fairly compensated when all is said and done. In general,the instructor teaching that $325 class is lucky if he or she gets $60 or $65 out of that $325. And that is if the class is "by request", and they are well up the food chain, etc., etc... The way the system is structured pisses me off. But I know I can't change it.
Scope out what you think is a "living wage" wherever you are taking lessons. What are reasonable basic benefits that a hard working professional might expect to receive (or afford)? Now consider where your instructor likely ends up in that scheme of things. What do you think?
Sure, tipping is by definition optional. And I'd certainly not tip for a poorly done job. However, the pay structure in place seems designed to assume tipping makes up the difference between base pay and a "reasonable" wage.
I, for one, am all for instructors and others letting people know that tipping is customary - and what the compensation structure is. Many of us start out ignorant and the only way we learn is if someone educates us. As mentioned by others above, maybe something as simple as "tip not included" on the price list would be good. Obviously "tasteful" and informative is better than crass, but truth is good no matter how it is delivered. It'll set you free
If I could not budget a 15-20% tip for a private lesson well taught, I would not sign up for one. For that matter, the same would go for a group lesson. I'd flat out consider myself to be stealing by booking the lesson & stiffing the instructor. And picking up the tab for breakfast and/or lunch as appropriate strikes me as pretty decent gesture if someone is taking good care of you or your kids. It sure doesn't hurt your "karma table"
Your views and mileage may vary...