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post #31 of 37
In the Seattle area, we have about 27 ski schools (so 26 independents) at Stevens Pass ski area. The PSIA-NW website only lists 19, but I think there are about 27. It's a simlar situation at other NW ski areas. Multiple independent ski schools. http://www.psia-nw.org/member_schools.htm
post #32 of 37
>>>How sweet it is-86 when I haven't played in three months (47/39, it took awhile to get going)<<<

Wow. Am I going to see you here in Akron playing in the World Series of Golf?

post #33 of 37
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ott Gangl:

Wow. Am I going to see you here in Akron playing in the World Series of Golf?


Maybe in my next life-as I tell my students, I want to play on the PGA Tour next time around-it pays better, much, much better!!!
post #34 of 37
Ski&Golf, you are such a precise skier it doesn't surprise me that you are the same in golf, and you are such a nice guy in person, which makes it hard on the PGA tour

I covered the first World Series of Golf (and most subsequent ones) and it was played by just three guys, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Player, a little guy, was just about the nicest guy in golf at the time. I forgot who won.


Edit: sorry AC about being off topic.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 09, 2002 01:44 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Ott Gangl ]</font>
post #35 of 37
Hi all--back from Snowmass, sitting out the blizzard here in Summit County today.

Club Med has an official arrangement with Copper Mountain that specifies exactly what they can and cannot do. I'm not sure of all the details, but I know that they can teach their in-house group lessons. They have no lift-line privileges. Club Med owns (I believe) and operates the builiding that serves as their hotel. As you observed, Ott, their guests typically spend very little money outside of Club Med, since the Club Med package is all-inclusive.

Having the exclusive rights to ski-teaching within their Forest Service permit area does not restrict the resort manaagement from allowing others to teach there if they choose to let them. Any income the resort gets from the arrangement would, of course, be subject to their permit fee. I'm sure the resort could sub-contract out the ski school to a private enterprise if they wanted to.

I do believe that part of the Forest Service permit requires the resort to provide for some sort of instruction.

Programs like the Mahre Training Center at Keystone are run in conjunction with and with the full cooperation of the ski school. I suspect that anybody could submit a proposal to any resort to operate a special program like the Mahre Training Center. If the resort management thought it would be in their interest, they would allow it. The Mahre Training Center itself is not a big program or money-maker, in the grand scheme of Vail Resorts. But it does give them some good promotion and positive exposure. And the participants do spend a lot of money for lodging, restaurants, equipment and tuning, and even the occasional luxury home or condo. It doesn't take many of those to pay for a program! Operating usually in the slower times of the season, these programs help fill the beds as well as keeping a few more employees working. Since the coaches are among the top-priority instructors at the ski school, their absence from the line-up frees up work for lower-priority instructors in the slow time.

So there are lots of benefits to resorts from allowing independent programs like the Mahre Training Center.

Ott--the video came out pretty well, but I just haven't had the time to put much together yet. I'll get on it....

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #36 of 37
OK everyone--here's a little animation of Ott showing just exactly how it's done--wedeln, that is!

...on modern skis, no less!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #37 of 37
Nice work Bob, check your PM's
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