Originally Posted by Sandgroper61
Thank you for the geography lesson; I've only lived in the UK for 19 years, and had missed that.
I was giving a specific example. Tell me, is it possible to just walk on to a hill in Austria and start giving lessons?
How about Italy? Where they have just introduced a new rule insisting that foreign instructors must do an additional test above and beyond their existing qualifications to earn the right to work for, wait for it, four whole weeks in a season for a ski school ... and never mind the rules of a "united" Europe?
How about Switzerland? No licensing requirements there?
First, allow me to express my dismay at having started a virtual tiff.
Yes, it is
possible, and actually common practice, for individuals to "walk on to a hill in Austria and start giving lessons".
Few Austrian instructors, resorts or schools will bat an eyelash.
I spend my winter break in Switzerland, teaching, and I visit with many associates who do just that, and they usually socialize with the official schools (often many at each resort) for apres-ski.
I make a point of skiing several Arlberg resorts each Winter break.
There is a growing group of North American expatriate instructors whom collect for a jamboree of sorts each season. Most are independaent instructors, and most are highly respected by the many schools at each resort.
When any of the officially-franchised schools need extra hands, they count on the "renegades" for assistance.
I note that your second paragraph which begins with "How about Italy?" closes with the phrase: "in a season for a ski school".
You have answered your own question in that the "new rule" applies to those instructors whom seek employ in a ski school. It precludes any discussion of freelancing
The situation in Switzerland is nearly identical to that of Austria.
Any individual may legally solicit instruction, teach on the pistes of a resort, and accept compensation.
Much like the absence of litigation surrounding on-hill injuries, the Swiss legal system is rarely invoked for freelancing
"Freelancing" has been a part of Alpine ski culture since skiing's dawn.
I urge you to spend a week at a Swiss or Austrian resort and witness this for yourself.
Please, let us not create a heated discussion from simple fact-sharing.
I do not doubt the resistance you've described at French resorts.
I also would be anything but surprised to read that the incidents involved French and British principals.
In the interest of avoiding the diaspora of further categorization, I will leave that statement to be "played as it lies" .