I signed my kids (ages 5 and 7) up for separate group lessons at Bogus Basin (Idaho) one day this past week. Bogus offers a substantial discount on lift tickets and a shockingly generous discount on lessons for members of the military and their families.

I have no idea if these ski instructors get less of a cut from the ski school if the customer pays a discounted price for the lesson, or if they get the same "salary" per customer regardless. But I try to make up the difference in the tip if my kids had a good time and the instructor seemed to enjoy it. It's money most folks would have spent anyway.

These two instructors at Bogus (one older gentleman and a younger girl) gave me a great debriefing on what the kids learned at the end of the lesson, and the kids came back excited. Plus, I got to ski by myself for 75 minutes. That's worth whatever tip I can afford right there! I didn't notice anyone else offering tips, but the instructors seemed tickled to get it.

Cheers,

I have no idea if these ski instructors get less of a cut from the ski school if the customer pays a discounted price for the lesson, or if they get the same "salary" per customer regardless. But I try to make up the difference in the tip if my kids had a good time and the instructor seemed to enjoy it. It's money most folks would have spent anyway.

These two instructors at Bogus (one older gentleman and a younger girl) gave me a great debriefing on what the kids learned at the end of the lesson, and the kids came back excited. Plus, I got to ski by myself for 75 minutes. That's worth whatever tip I can afford right there! I didn't notice anyone else offering tips, but the instructors seemed tickled to get it.

Cheers,