Hi! I know this post is similar to some other recent posts about lessons but didn't want to hi-jack anyone else's post :-)
Husband and I are heading to Breck on Saturday (2/21), will be there a week and then go to Steamboat for a week. I just picked up skiing in the last 6 or 7 years (I'm about to hit 50) and only ski when we go to Colorado for a week or two (annually). I usually take a group lesson at whichever area we're skiing (will be our 3rd time to Breck, have been to Keystone, Winter Park and Copper). I'm mostly a greens skier, have done some of the easy blues at Breck (Peak 8 and 9) and some easy blues at Winter Park (both last year). Took the Beginner Level 4 lesson at Breck last year and was underwhelmed. When I asked the instructor to critique my skiing and how I could improve my turns he said that he doesn't focus on the negative and never tells anyone what they're doing wrong. Unfortunately, he also didn't provide any instruction on what I needed to do to correct my issue (one of my weaknesses is that my turns tend to be sharp "z" turns rather than nice "s" curves). Anyway, the day was more a day of being led around the mountain than ski instruction.
That being said, I would like to take a lesson again this year, but am looking for instructor recommendations and/or assistance in how to articulate that I want an instructor that WILL critique my skiing, let me know what I'm doing incorrectly and then explain and show me how to do it correctly. Someone to teach me some drills, someone dedicated to their craft. Is this too much to expect in a group (Ultimate 4) lesson? I really don't need catered to, I just want feedback and correction/explanation for what I'm doing (not the generic outside edge, big toe, little toe, etc unless THAT is what I'm not doing). My husband and I are considering a private lesson - with me being instructed in the morning and then he would get the instructor on blacks in the afternoon (he's been skiing most of his life but has only taken one lesson so he thinks he would like a lesson as well). But, as we all know, it's a lot of money. Not saying it isn't worth it, but it's a lot of money!
Any advice, suggestions or recommendations would be much appreciated!
Please and thanks!