Rather than base my judgement on what I’ve read skiingaround, I’ll chime in based on my on-mountain experience. I know that it may not be of much help to you over in Europe, (where I hear tell that there are a few ski instructors, but you can always fly a few thousand miles west for a lesson or two) I’ve taken lessons from the following Bears:
Wigs- During my first year as a skier, before I knew about Epic. Figure that this was about a level 5‘ish class. He was tremendously enthusiastic, insightful, and unbeknownst to me at the time but evident in retrospect, a scrupulous observer, whose lesson helped tremendously in getting my fledgling skills off to an energetic start, and who provided me with one of the most fun filled days of my skiing life.
Bud Heishman & Bob Barnes- During last January’s ESA I was in Bob’s group most of the time, but spent two afternoons with Bud. Both are serious big fish in the ski instructor world, and are consummate professionals. Got to do a bit of free skiing with this pair. Mostly saw them from way behind.
VailSnowPro- I’ve taken several lessons with VSP, and as we’ve actually become pretty good friends, I have been fortunate enough to have done a bunch of free skiing with him too. Should I desire to become an instructor, and were extremely serious about it, I’d probably ask him to mentor me.
All four of these gents are thoroughly committed to the sport, are truly expert skiers, (any terrain, any conditions, and do it smoothly,) vastly experienced, and dedicated instructors. It is almost inconceivable to me that any moderately serious student could fail to benefit mightily from lessons with any of them.
I’ve also had the chance to ski with several other Bears who are either active or semi-retired instructors, but have not taken any lessons with them. Just off the top of my head I’ve had the pleasure of skiing with, and been mightily impressed with Uncle Louie, Bob Peters, Teton Powder Junkie, Tog, Annie Black, Rick, and the list goes on and on.