There was some discussion on alternative ski instruction models a while ago that I think relates to this discussion. alternative ski instruction
I don't mean to reiterate but I would like to add that it seems to me that most ski instruction is really based quite narrowly on a financial model (as is true in many other sports). My "radical" ideal would be to see a resort focus on developing its image and marketing approach based on its ski school and creation of the image that it is THE place to learn and improve. In that case the value of the "ski school" would transcend the typically narrow minded cost/revenue approach I think most resorts employ. If a role for a ski school could be developed where its "value added" is much greater than the revenues it generates there would be much opportunity for innovative approaches and improvement of the learning environment. In such a case I don't think we would be talking about class size as much of a relative factor. Instead we would be discussing innovation and relatively radical change of ski instruction organization.
Certainly the quality of a resort's ski school is a part of its image. However, I know of no place that has taken the leap to base its image (at least to a greater extent) on the concept of "a mountain of learning and improvement." From my expereience, I would say that the resort coming closest to this would be Taos. Although in recent times they (or at least the ski magazines) seem to have reduced the marketing focus along these lines.
I don't mean to say that every resort can afford to do this, as only a percentage of skiers have a quality learning/teaching environement as a high priority. But I suspect that there are more than enough of us with this focus to make a few resorts successful based on this approach.
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