after that post from Macca1 I can see froth forming from ISE’s mouth all the way across the boarder here in Cham!
I have some sympathy with the TO’s in this case as many people enjoy the service provided and there has been no hard evidence put forward by anyone ,other than anecdotal, as to the safety of the service provided.
And this may be true, but its also pure luck. Look at the ESF guy from val Thorens and the trouble he got in, was it manslaughter in the end(?), for taking people off piste ill-equipped. Its when things go wrong that there is no coming back. I could take a group into glaciated terrain tomorrow and chances are we’d come back alive, but if someone fell down a hole and died I’d be screwd as I’m not a IFMGA guide.
I cannot understand what appears to be an undisguised antipathy towards the main TO’s who do introduce many clients to the mountains.
And I started doing season’s with a TO. But soon learnt to move on. It helped me gain a love for the Alps and want to train to become an IML. But I’d never go back and work for them. Too much shit too deal with for not enough reward. Poorly maintained properties, poor transfer organisation, low staff wages, etc, etc. And of course a general lack of care for customers and leaving the little people in resort to pick up the pieces of crap-ness.
Many small operators will do anything to avoid french employment contracts, tax and social charges as well. Those who pay them post a reply as should those who pay above the regulated minimum.
Small Operators? English run? Why are they then avoiding French contracts? if they are true to the mountains then doing things properly shouldn’t be a problem. IF they are just out to make money then of course they will do what they can to save money everywhere, just like a big TO.
The problem remains regardless of countless posts this is protectionism regrdless of the legal authority and there is nothing to fill the gap other than going elsewhere.
I do love this, they are stopping TO’s operating illegally and unqualified. I’m English and hope to work in France, Italy, Switzerland when I qualify as an IML. They can’t stop me just because I’m English, hell I even intend on registering with the French authority (SNAEM) and I know there are British people on here who are qualified Internationally and are Suisse of French registered. They don’t get stopped for protectionism because they are legally qualified!
In Chamonix there are problably almost as many Swedish guides as there is French, they don’t get taken to court for working in France as they are qualified and legal. Seems fair enough really hey?