Kiersten, I have a story from about 1980 which addresses your and Yuki's posts about pecking order and senior instructors.
Who teaches whom changes with every new ski school director, but you are right, the ski desk wants to save the best and very high level instructors for last, just in case a hotshot shows up demanding mogul lessons on the icy steep. So Pierre can get 'saved' for so long that he may not get a lesson.
In about 1980, having been full certified for 18 years and having helped numerous problem students I was given a private lady who had skied once and hated it but came back to give it another shot. She didn't like th cold, was afraid of losing balance, unwilling to learn BUT very pleasant about it albeit very vocal.
Ten minutes into the so called lesson and not a hundred yards from the lodge I asked her to take off her skis as I took mine off and I carried both her's and mine back to the lodge, we went up to the bar and had drinks for the rest of the lesson time.Since by then lesson time was over for the area we lingered at the bar. We had to walk right past the ski school desk and got a surprised look from the director who just ten minutes before gave me the lesson.
When we got down, the SSD was gone for the night and I sincerely was prepared to defend my position, which was that this woman was never going to be happy on the snow, she was an indoor type who painted and did flower arrangements and bundled up to get the mail from the mailbox. Besides, though she admired the slinky skiers, she knew her limits, both physically and emotionally.
When I showed up the next day at 4 p.m. the director motioned me into his office and after telling me nicely that I set a bad prescident and it was all the buzz among instructors, he said the lady came by earlier and he handed me an evelope with a crisp $100 bill and a note from her thanking me for the best lesson and for not having put her through the torture of skiing.
That story refuses to die and old timers still introduce me to new instructors as the guy "who taught a private lesson to a lady in the bar". [img]smile.gif[/img]
To this day I still think I was before my time in teaching student oriented lessons.
Had I not been at the top or near it in pecking order I probably would have been fired, and many of you might say I should have been.