Our ski area is freaking out over declining customer visits and is trying to make up for lost revenue however they can. At our returning instructor meeting this weekend we were told that we were going to have to buy a "personal pass" if we wanted to ski while not in a lesson, and that we would no longer have the Family Pass benefit that some of us long-timers have earned through our years of service.
Now they're saying that we have to earn points through hours worked and we can apply those points towards benefits. I did the math and no part-time employee can earn enough points to get these benefits.
One thing our GM said multiple times is that this is how other ski areas do this and that no one gets these types of benefits anymore.
We get paid about minimum wage, so it isn't like any of us are doing this for the money. We barely make enough to cover PSIA dues and gas. In fact, last year I probably didn't even break even. But because of my years of service my kid has always been able to ski free, so that's why I do this.
Tell me what benefits you get being a part-time certified instructor, or what benefits you've lost in the last few years due to industry decline. Thanks!