Originally Posted by ssh
So, tell us how that works... You have to be part of an "accepted" or somehow "licensed" ski school to operate at a resort?
Pretty much. Depends on the country, no doubt, and there are always exceptions - if you have the French diplome
, you can pretty much do as you like in France; the nice bronze badge gives you, I believe, free lift usage in any resort.
However, even then you will find that the 'independent' instructor will more than likely be affiliated to either the ESF, which is still the big boy though the structure is rocking, or another established school in resort. Because no matter whether what you're doing is legal, it's terribly inconvenient when you can't teach because you've got mugged, again, and had your legs broken, again, by people you could never prove were fellow instructors upset at you working their patch.
I don't know how much you know about European skiing, but here's a UK based example: the classic British ski holiday is to a chalet, probably with a bunch of mates. Go back 30 years and you would get one shower per building, a very nice gel called Alice or Joanna serving you appalling spaghetti bolognese for supper every night, if she remembered - and the company would throw in a ski 'guide' (I do not use the term in any way connected with the highly-qualified mountain guides), probably Joanna's Hooray Henry boyfriend, who would lead groups of punters around the mountain, claiming to show them where the best snow was.
Nowadays, the chalet will be completely en suite, the food will be top notch ... and it's 50/50 whether you will get a guide, or ski leader. Most chalet companies got tired of being accused by the ski schools of running clandestine lessons; having their employees' lift passes taken away, and occasionally their employees jailed, however briefly.
You can assume that attitude applies to anyone else, too.
Of course, France is notoriously protectionist; the diplome
is the be-all and end-all, and never mind that it is all about how well the instructor skis, not how well he/she teaches skiing. I am not allowed to teach in France; even with BASI II, that will be true - unless I can pass the Euro speed test, because my ability to ski gates at Mach Stupid is obviously the key to me being able to teach, say, a snowplough. The fight goes on to allow anyone else to have a play.
I can teach (as part of a ski school) in Austria, Switzerland, Italy (for up to four weeks a season if I take the 'validation' test), Andorra, Bulgaria and other points east, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand ... which is fine for me, because I am relatively inexperienced and under-qualified (working on that, though!) and feel that setting myself up in competition with people who are at the top of their profession is an even shorter cut to bankruptcy!