With foreigners, just remember
- airfares can be $2500 in coach/ekonomy class. Add kids and +1 and 'ouch'.
- we can get low on USD towards the end of a holiday,
- our $ might be so low so n everything in the US is twice as much. That note migh be $10 for you, and be effectively $20 out of the holiday maker's pay packet;
- taxes. We're paying $12 a gallon for gas, $15 for 20 cigarettes, and heaps more for everything. I can get a condo at Heavenly for the same price as a decrepit bunk bed in a dorm ski club lodge.
- oh, and we learrn American customs from watching re-runs of the Brady Bunch. I won;t tell you how Alice tipped Sam the Butcher :)
I paid for a Squaw Adventure Session to see more of the mountain ..and was stuck with a class. No tip, though it really wasn't the instructors fault we were pooled with a class.
Went with the Masters, and it was terrific. Tip for 3 coaches, and made sure all 3 got the one note
Bought a family I know a day class/tour at Heavenly to try powder (which we aren't used to). We were shown trees, cornices and stuff we'd never try on our own in pow. $100 tip was cheap for the experience.
Bought a ski guide/realtor at Squaw some beers and dinner. Next day we were taken to Smoothies Run which rarely opens.
Shouted guides at Alpine Meadows a family bbq with t-bones, wine etc. Three families joined us. Next day a swag of 2-for-1 Alpine vouchers turned up, and Squaw passhholders headed over there for the ffirst time. Was taken through areas I'd get lost in. Amazing day.
I figure tipping depends on the experience, but lots of people are tight as a fish's.
I also figure people don't know instructors are paid per lesson, not for an 8 hour day. Maybe they'd pay more if they knew that.