Originally Posted by jake75
ssh, I got to ask you, what is "guiding?"
Copper has a wonderful program called the Over the Hill Gang
. Named after a notorious outlaw gang that hung out in the valleys around what is now the Copper Mountain resort, the Gang is an active social club for adults 45 and older (and their spouses/SOs). Focused around skiing in the winter 4 days a week (T/W/S/S), the club also sponsors social and outdoors events year around and communicates all of this via the club web site
When the club skis, each member self-selects into one of the 5 different skill level groups (each group is often sub-divided by terrain, pace, and other factors, as well). The groups then ski with a uniformed guide for the day. The guides are members of the Copper Ski & Ride School, but the position is a voluntary one (pass and a few other perks provided). One of the benefits of skiing with the Gang is lift-line privs on crowded days. Others include the inside knowledge of the guides, the tips and skiing insights that they can offer, and, my groups will tell you, the recommendations for all of the things that you could buy that would be great for your skiing experience (it's getting around: ski with Steve and you'll end up buying stuff).
Anyway, that's a long answer, but the entire answer. I am an OHG guide. I love it. In my view, it's the best job on the mountain. Sometimes I still get to teach lessons, but that's rare. Mostly when I'm in-uniform, I'm guiding and skiing and laughing and swapping stories.
...if the Gang goes home smiling, I've done my job...