Actually that makes you one of the wiser new skiers out there by not being lead astray by the ease of modern skis.
At this point you getting to the next level is not always more skill but hill time (in part confidence). Guided hill time (instructor) just makes it that much easier as your limits get pushed just enough that you learn with ease and confidence builds.
Absolutely. I have gotten a good bit of time on the hill in between lessons, which has been crucial. Right now, I actually have quite a few things I will be working on before I can get much out of another lesson. Now if it would only snow!
I'm pretty sure it makes zero sense to evaluate a ski instructor's actual classes based on what they say in a shoot-the-shit
FWIW, I knew it was time to move up from 7s groups when I found myself bored with the pace and content more often than not. I was afraid 8s would be "too intense," but by the time I worked up the nerve to join them, I was happy I did.
I wasn't evaluating based on what they said. My main point was that I have made a huge amount of progress , and that instruction has been a huge part of that. I only included that to give some perspective without a 3 paragraph explanation on where I had gotten to. The way I evaluate the instruction is that every time I have taken a lesson with him, it has instantly had a positive impact on my skiing. In addition to that, I have had some drills or things to focus on to really drive those things home. Its more about the terrain I can ski with total confidence and gaining new skills.
Actually, early last year I had a Level 7 lesson that was a bit too advanced then, but looking back on it now, I think I would be bored.
Sorry for the long winded explanation, I just didn't want it to seem like those "Levels" were my main focus.