Originally Posted by Sandgroper61
But the fact is they don't pay well enough to attract locals - and I'm not just talking about instructors but catering staff and lift/mountain ops as well.
Americans choose not to work for poor wages amid a high cost of living; or choose not to do dirty, hard or dangerous work in agriculture or fishing, for example.
I need to becareful about what I say here. I have a big problem with H2B visas. Our industry may stand apart from others, but how would we know. Ski schools have become dependent on foreign professionals and only now have they begun to make the effort to recruit local workers. It won't be easy and it won't happen over night, but the playing field will be level. Eventually ski schools will adapt.
I am quite sure that Mad River Glen uses local instructors. Their labor staff is American and it's a returning staff. I do like to see and meet workers from other countries, but locals are fun to meet too. It seems clear to me that many ski resorts don't even bother going to the local pool. I think that is wrong.
People who justify the H2B visa say that locals won't work for the low pay. These jobs are often the ones that ski bums used to take (not referring to instructors). These jobs should be filled by locals and it will require creativity to sweeten the pot. These candidates are not being asked to clean fish or pick crops. Working at a ski area is not hard work (sometimes) and local characters, seniors, and ski bums might beable to get the work done. The effort has to be made.
Having said that, slamming the door on forien instructors is not fair to the resorts. I would favor a more gradual phase out.