So my wife and me started skiing last year, we did group lessons for beginners and by the end of the season we both were able to ski easy black or double black in good conditions (grommed) and also some off piste terrain in my case.
She is much more afraid of falls and cautious than I am, so I tend to get my self on a lot of trouble much more than her.
We plan on continue doing lessons this season, but we are not sure what`s the best approach, since I was much more aggressive than she was in pursuing the sport I ended up having more progress than her specially on non grommed terrain which she would rather avoid and I would rather go there even though I wasn`t really prepared to handle it! :-)
So we basically have two options, maybe 3 but the third one would be much more expensive.
1 - group lessons again, pros and maybe the only one is that it`s cheaper. But you get what you pay for maybe someone will be much worse of a beginner/intermediate skier than you are and you might have to slow down on your learning because of the group, also we would probably end up on different groups due to my lack fear, if you will!
2 - private lessons (for both of us together), pros much more attention from the instructor, cons more expensive but I`m willing to pay or it, second she have different goals than I do. I wanna go hunt off piste terrain, she wanna be more confident on grommers.
3 - private lessons (for each of us individually), pros probably the best option for your progress no question. cons much more expensive than first option and almost twice the price of the second option.
The package my local mountain offers is as follow:
group leassons: $79 per person for 4x 1:45m classes.
private classes: $52 1 hour/1 person and you add $20 for each additional person and $40 for each additional hour. so as an example $112 2 hours / 2 person or $72 1 hour / 1 person.
Any comment based on your experience is very much appreciated!