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    Instructors= professional athletes?

    Just heard this item on the business report- the proposed immigration bill contains a section that would make it easier for Colo. resorts to hire foreign instructors.
    "Instead of using a visa program for temporary, low-skilled workers, ski instructors would be eligible to come to the U.S. under the same program that professional athletes use. Current law allows those athletes to stay in the U.S. for up to a decade."
    http://libertyunyielding.com/2013/04...ost-everybody/

    So I'm wondering- is an instructor more like a professional athlete, or more like the coach of an athlete?

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    coach/teacher. they might also be an athlete but that's not what their "job" is.

    i vote NO
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    Considering how I see most instructors skiing, I would definitely say that they ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES.
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    I would say no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkshot99 View Post
    Considering how I see most instructors skiing, I would definitely say that they ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES.
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    No.

    Professional Athlete = get paid to compete in their sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkshot99 View Post
    Considering how I see most instructors skiing, I would definitely say that they ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES.
    I think this results from ski resorts maximizing revenue from the ski school. This is a good thing as it introduces more people to the sport. The demand for instructors coupled with the low pay makes for a smaller applicant pool and a reduced entry level criteria for instructors. Hence you see some less skilled skiers with a ski school parka on. Keep in mind you don't need to be an olympian to teach a wedge turn. The advent of lawyers on the ski slope coupled with workmans comp claims means no free skiing in a company parka. So all the superb ski instructors out free sking are invisible, not like the old days where Stein & co. skied in bright parkas all day long. So if what you are saying is "All ski instructors are not great skiers" then I agree. Some are in training. Some are part time and only teach low level classes. But the full time instructor is most definitely a professional. He/she is getting paid to do what they do as their full time job. Otherwise, are doctors just out of med school not professional? Is a first year plumber not professional? How about a rookie in a farm team league? I think you are confusing "rock star" with "professional". In any profession, there are many drones and only a few stars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mister moose View Post
    But the full time instructor is most definitely a professional.
    True, but are they professional athletes?
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