In the five or so months I have participated in this forum I have definitely learned a few things.
1. There are many different ideas about what we are looking for in our own skiing, how to get there and whom we choose to listen in order to reach our goals. Some of those ideas are quite different from mine and to keep in mind when I teach to be as sensitive as possible to what the student really wants to accomplish. It has taught me to honor differing opinions and realize that many skiers may not want to ski to my ideal.
2.That the ski instruction business is closely tethered to ski area management and until management is willing invest more resources in training and higher wages for instructors, ski instruction will remain more of a hobby than a true profession for most instructors. That good training for instructors needs to begin with ski area management.
3.That verbal descriptions of skiing movements tend to lack specificity and accuracy in actually describing movements, stance, etc. (e.g. hips over the feet ) I have know idea what that means. Are we talking in the frontal plane, the sagittal plane or what? Are we talking about each foot being in the same relative position to it's corresponding hip or are the relative positions different from side to side? The old adage of "a picture is worth a thousand words" applies. I often have a hard time following someone's description of a movement. I read, "straighten the hip". The hip joint can flex, extend, medially and laterally rotate as well as abduct and adduct. The hips can also make some of those movements in concert such as medially rotate and adduct at the time. The hip joint can do that with the leg flexed and or extended which produces a very different outcome. Thus making human movements very complex.
4. Most of all it would definitely be fun to ski with most of the regular contributors to the forum and watch how everyone turns' em. YM