Originally Posted by Lars
Is this the way it is at your Resort?
At my resort, the least experienced instructors teach the least experienced skiers.
But you should also consider this. At my resort everyone (including the SSD) teaches the least experienced skiers. My stats from a typical year showed that 2 out of 3 of my students were first time skiers. Because advanced lessons have fewer students than beginner lessons, the breakdown by number of lessons is far less. Does this factor into the point you're trying to make?
|Shouldn't it be that those who are in need of the best instruction, the beginners, should have the most experienced instructors teach them?
Ideally, we'd have the best instructor teach every lesson. Anything less than that is just a compromise, but it is obvious that that is not possible. We could have the least experienced pros teaching the most experienced skiers. That's probably not possible over the long term either. Ideally we'd like to have new instructors train and shadow experienced instructors (say for like 10 years) before they ever teach on their own, but there is a practical upper limit for that (even a full season is pretty rough to pull off).
So if you're an SSD, your range of options for teaching assignments for new instructors is fairly limited. Day resorts are going to have a different customer mix than destination resorts. Different resorts are going to have a different instructor pool to draw from. Resorts can somewhat manage both their customer mix and their instructor pool over the long term. But over the short term, it's mostly getting "x" groups of students assigned to "y" pros and making sure that x is not greater than y. Resorts like Stowe and Aspen are going to have a wider range of options than resorts like Whitetail or Boston Mills.
If you'd like a definitive answer to your questions, get a job in ski area management and you can find out for yourself. Personally, after performing a few sessions as a line up supervisor, I am convinced it's impossible to make a "right" decision when assigning pros to students.