Whenever someone posts asking about getting lessons one of the first things mentioned is the advantage of asking for a level III cert to increase the probability that they will receive a quality lesson. I'm not in anyway disagreeing with this advice but I was wondering if there might be another criteria that would be just as effective as far as increasing the chances of getting a good lesson. My idea would be to ask not for a cert level but to ask for the the most experienced instructor available, in other words "Gimmie the instructor that has worked here the longest!".
Seems to me that since ski instruction is a job that people do because they want to not because they need to that someone who has done it for many years will have a lot to offer regardless of their cert level.