I ski on the East Coast. I do 90%+ of my skiing at Gore Mtn., MRG, Sugarbush and Whiteface--in that order. So, if things vary significantly from mountain to mountain, let me know.
1. If I go and sign up for a private lesson at my home mountain, they assign me an instructor and off we go. My understanding is that a portion of the price I pay for the lesson goes to the mountain and (hopefully the larger share) goes to the instructor. Am I right about how this works, or are most instructors you get from the mountain salaried employees? I've always thought that the mountain was acting as more of a "middle man," linking people that want lessons up with an instructor and taking a cut.
2. Is my instructor expected to share any portion of the tip I give with the head instructor, or with the person who schedules the lessons (or with some other person I haven't even though of)?
3. Are PSIA instructors permitted to get their own clients (say, through an ad on Craig's List), meet them at a designated mountain, give a lesson and get paid, and go on their merry way? Or, are there rules that prohibit PSIA instructors from giving a lesson at a mountain they do not work at, or that require them to inform the mountain that they are giving a private lesson and to share a portion of the lesson fee with the mountain?
4. If you find an instructor you like (who works at/for the mountain), and want to sign up to take a series of weekly or bi-weekly private lessons with that instructor, is it usually possible to negotiate a lesson rate that incorporates a "bulk discount" (even if it doesn't say so on the mountain's web site)? Does this vary from mountain to mountain?
Thanks in advance for your responses.