The lesson club at Breck meets at Vista House (top of Colorado chair), and groups depart earlier than the normal lesson groups do. This has been an amazing improvement, not least in terms of being able to warm up my tootsies and visit the restroom after my first two runs and before the "serious" skiing begins. But I agree it would be a mess for people who aren't "pros" at the local setup.
At this stage I can handle just about anything that is groomed. At Killington nothing intermediate causes me issues, though Superstar and the groomed Black Diamonds off the K1 test my speed control.
Getting pretty far on edge comes fairly easy to me, and I tend not to smear too much. When trying to carve I can leave what looks like two parallel cuts.
My goal is simply to become a better skier.
I know you didn't actually ask anyone for their opinions on your skiing, so take this with the grain of salt it deserves. Also I'm not an instructor, just a skier who has taken roughly a billion lessons (feels like) and is sort of a ski technique geek.
In the quote above, I see a direct relationship between your comment about speed control and your comment about not smearing. When I read your comment, what I think you're saying is that you think smearing is a bad habit. Is that what you think, or are you simply describing your current skill set?