Originally Posted by Mom
Should Epic insist that people contact them to 'discuss' it before posting? I'm not so sure. I think Epic's tush is covered if they simply state that one should not solicit or offer services that are illegal and that it is incumbent upon them to know if it is or isn't. You can educate members by stating that it is illegal in many or most US resorts to offer or seek 'under the table' instruction. and you could even point out to prospective students that they take a risk by employing an individual -stranger at that - without liability coverage. Then let people figure it out for themselves.
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For me, this is the crux of the issue. My/our intent with the policy is to protect folks who don't know any better. Perhaps this is faulty. Perhaps caveat emptor
should rule here at Epic as anywhere else. The thinking, for whatever it's worth, went this way: EpicSki is sought by skiers looking for advice and recommendations on everything from skis to resorts to instructors. As a result, many of those posting are very likely to be unaware of the various issues surrounding ski instruction that is not offered by a resort ski school. So, as a precaution, we could help them by setting a clear policy for such alternatives.
Note that Gordy Peifer's Straightline Adventures Ski Camps was such an arrangement that was communicated to EpicSki members last year, for example.
It should also be noted that the posting of any request for "under the table" instruction here results in multiple complaints, some on the thread, others by PM or post report to EpicSki. Some have gotten heated as a result, with serious accusations thrown around.
The current policy's insistence on having those wishing to offer or find instruction contact us was to avoid and/or address these issues. If you are willing to take each of these into account, what would you suggest as better alternatives?