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Another comment on ski school pay

Dear Editor:

It just amazes me that there are so many in this valley who are so uninformed on this matter and believe everything they read. There are others that make comments that are so ludicrous I can’t believe their comments make it to these pages. But it’s a free country and there is the First Amendment.

That said, I have been a member of the Ski Schools of Aspen for 33 years. I have done everything I could and accomplished those things to put myself in a position to make a very good living in the winter as a ski pro. As a fully certified pro, I make a lot more than the $100 for a $625 private that one of those uninformed people commented on. In fact, on the average I make almost half of it. For the most part, first-year and non-certified instructors do not teach all-day privates, and the school does its best to put fully certified pros on those.

Everything that Mr. Unhappy has been saying on these pages is so far from the truth and bordering on the ridiculous, I almost have to laugh. But this is far from a laughing matter. What this person is trying to do is destroy a system that rewards those that put out the effort to become better at their trade. If a person is willing to go through the training and pass the exams, they will become in time the best compensated ski pro in the best compensated ski school in the world.

Steve Wiggins (Wigs)

Snowmass Village


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