Originally Posted by oldschoolskier
It's not that I don't need improvement, its just with a lesson here or there for an hour
with consistently different instructors, there is little learned as most of the time is spent evaluating.
Well, no wonder! I'd never sign up for a one hour private lesson; it takes at least two, usually three hours to accomplish anything. In my view, it doesn't matter what kind of instructor you get if you don't leave time to actually learn anything. It may hurt your pocketbook, but IME one three hour lessons will give you more value than three one hour lessons. This isn't book learning, where you take in information and then go your merry way; you may be an expert skier
, but you're not necessarily an expert learner
During the lesson you're skiing, watching him, he's watching you, correcting you as you soak in the new information and feel the difference it makes. The feedback process takes time, and it allows you to feel the difference in your skiing and start to get the movement into your body before you take off. I think this is especially true in your case, because anything you learn is going to be modifying or replacing something you've been doing for decades.
Also, I'm hardly an expert, but I don't just ask for a level three instructor, but for their top guy, the guy who administers and oversees exams, because they've had more than just instruction; they've been doing it for a long time at a level where they have to be very good at getting people better. I even tell them I have information processing problems (which I do), which gets their attention. The people who set up your lesson always ask you about your skiing and what you want to accomplish, and I talk a little about that, but I focus on my need for someone who's a great communicator and say I've had success with that level of instruction. You might well run into an instructor who's fantastic at MA and figuring out what will give you the biggest bang for your buck but hasn't bothered to get high level certifications, and if you do, hold onto them. But if you feel that other instructors aren't doing it for you, you might try that approach. OK, don't tell them you're cognitively challenged, just that you want that level of instructor.
As for sticking with one instructor, I'm sure having a close relationship is fantastic, but if you can't do that, just get with whatever top instructor you can, and I can almost guarantee you a good experience. I suspect it's a personal preference, but I did great having an excellent lesson with one guy, and another excellent lesson a long time later with another guy because the first one is too damned far away.
Schedule a three hour lessons, show up, and let go of your preconceptions. You'll be pleased with the results.