Originally Posted by John Cole
No one seems to have an answer on how to get this done. In the US we approach skiing much differently than it is approached in other countries because it is a small part of our GNP.
client: "Wow, what a great day, I cant believe I did that! I wish I could take you back to my home hill."
SkiDude72: "Well, you might not be able to get me...but you can get another level X."
Client: "Level x, what does that mean?"
SkiDude72: "Well it means...blah blah blah"
I think you get the point....
This is not hard....it just needs to be done.
The impediments in the past has been the CSIA and PSIA members. The thought was it wouldnt be kosher to imply that some instructors were better then others, and that level 1's would quit paying dues, if they felt their money was being used to promote full-certs and not them. There may be some truth to that, but I feel it would be worth the price. (For those who dont know, the bulk of the CSIA and I would assume the bulk of the PSIA fees comes from Level 1's hence losing them is a major concern to the executive-however keep in the mind the CSIA executive were hired based on their skiing/teaching prowess, not their business savy). I beleive it wouldnt take long for the newer and less qualifed pros to realise it benefited them too, and the numbers of new pros would increase.
Another reason this has not happened yet, is becuase many of the CSIA exectuive, and again likely PSIA as well, are SSD or worse SAMs. Further the CSIA is heavily influenced by the SIA. As a result, the leaders look after their interests, not that of the membership. Some may feel they are doing the right thing...but I will say it again....I think their actions are very short sighted.