I too, have experimented with station teaching. Rick and Todd's observations are astute, the teaching partnership and beneficial group dynamic is seldom achieved. Schools which gravitate toward station teaching do so in response to inadequate staffing and overwhelming droves of beginners who can only be accomodated as they arrive. This is exacerbated by no definitive start time due to the wait queing at the ticket offices and rental shop. To do a comprehensive station set up, you would have a well staffed, spacious rental facility to do like Yuki suggested.
If...and only if you have a set up like Bear Mtn. in SoCal or start as Yuki stated, indoors with fitting, indoctrination/orientation a la ASC learning centers does a modicom of success occur.
A hybrid, with "floaters" assuring nobody falls through the cracks helps. A ringmaster, controlling the pace and movement/instructor reassignment etc. helps too. You must find a way to motivate instructors as well, rotating them and spiffing them for effort, as they aren't getting per heads, upgrades or privates often. Assembly line teaching does not inspire that bonding and nurturing, nor satisfaction with the end product that we all get off on.
I believe with the right staff, physical plant including a functional, well staffed and effiecient ticketing and rental area, magic carpets and "smart terrain" it could be efficient, however, with all that in place...so would tradition command style. You basically need the same things to run either operation, so you gain little. Call Steve Fengler in Bear for his "hybrid station teaching" insights. I see you are at Breck, John Buhler should know Steve. good luck!<FONT size="1">
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