I took my lesson Saturday and I was really pleased with how it turned out.
One thing I did learn was to ask for a specific instructor when setting up the lesson. I had gotten some names after I had the lesson set up, but when I showed up at the Ski School desk to get my voucher, about an hour and a half before the lesson, it seemed that the guy at the desk had nothing to do with that, and it was already set up. When I showed up to the meeting area, my instructor had picked me out, and we just got going.
We hopped on the short lift and he asked me for a summary of where my skiing was at and what I wanted to accomplish. He said my description was probably the best one he's gotten as an instructor, and he'd been doing this for almost 30 years. We did some initial wedge drills on the learner slope to work on the outside edge (and probably for him to see that I actually did know how to ski before he took me up), and discussed things like flexion, extension, and rotation. He caught on that I knew the concepts and terminology, we did some turns to emphasize those, too. We then took a lift to the top and did a green trail. He took a video of me skiing a short length of turns, maybe the width of a cat track. I was skidding my turns by rotating my heels out, wasn't on edge, wasn't flexing/extending, knees weren't doing much of anything. We worked on some traverses to get the feeling of the outside ski being on edge and getting the knees to move into the turn. Once I had that, we worked on distributing my weight properly to keep the inside ski on track as well. Further down the hill we worked on some large radius, slow turns, also videoed. The video showed some improvement, but their was very little angulation and we worked on that, and getting my body more separated at the waist.
Next run we skied a blue, and we did a drill that I forget what he called it. I stood perpendicular to the fall line, on edge just to avoid side-slipping. I would hop up, and turn my skis 180 degrees and land on the opposite edge, flexing as I landed and then extending to rebound into the next hop. I did pretty well with those so we tried to see how many I could get in in a given distance. Then we did some large radius turns across the blue, keeping on edge until I stopped uphill, then going back the other way. The rest of the run was a nice easy blue with a good fall line, so we skied it fast with large radius carves and my goal was to keep up with him and follow his line.
Next run was a black diamond that's my favorite run on the hill. Decent width, true fall line, nothing too hairy. We did some medium radius drills on there, followed at the bottom with some free skiing down, which I used to try to do long-medium-short turns on edge.
I had a great time, I felt like the instructor did a great job analyzing what was keeping me from making better turns on edge, and was able to pick up on the amount of information that I needed to get it done. If I end up taking a lesson again, I'd ask for him, and would recommend him.
I skied for another few hours after that, and I could really feel the difference in my turns. As I skied more I could also feel myself tightening down the turn radius, and really maintaining the pressure on the skis to hold them there through the turns.
Thanks for all the help, guys.
P.S. Yes, I tipped him.