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Beyond Pay Issues

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The "Pay Issue" is very simple - a ski area will pay its instructors whatever they will work for. As long as there are instructors who are willing to teach for under $10 an hour, or whatever, that's what the industry standard will be.

Is this a "professional" level of pay? Does this in any way acknowledge or reflect the degree of commitment and professionalism required to become a Level 2 or 3 certified instructor? Of course not. But what have instructors in general, and PSIA specifically, done to convince the rest of the ski industry, and the skiing public, of the value of professional instructors?

Why are there no statistical reports that support the assertion that quality instruction results in higher guest retention? Why are there no statistics to support the assertion that skiers who have taken lessons are less likely to have accidents? Why are there no statistics to show that certified instructors are less likely to get injured? Or that professional, certified instructors are more likely to show up when they're scheduled and do a good job with whatever level class they are assigned?

Why is it that, in the NCCI workers comp rating classifications, ski instructors are in the same category as carnival workers and alligator farm employees?

Is there some way to demonstrate that treating and compensating instructors in a more professional way would be a good business decision?

[ February 04, 2004, 08:08 PM: Message edited by: David7 ]
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I don't know too many people who make a full time job out of ski instruction- and if you do, its for love of the snow, not for love of money. Anyways, at my area, uncertified instructors make 6.75, which is pretty good for showing up to 6 hours of training and then getting free lift tickets, guest passes, adn food discounts. From there, Level 1 instructors make 8.50, and we get our pick of the lessons above the the uncertified instructors. The Level 2 and 3 instructors make $10 and $15, respectively. I see no problem making $8.50 an hour for teaching higher level lessons where i dont have to consantly be picking kids up off the snow and wiping the snot off of little kids' noses.
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ski instructors are in the same category as carnival workers and alligator farm employees?
LOL. That is funny. No wonder SCSA calls it the big show …. Sometimes the locker room smells like an alligator farm. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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