If you are really interested in learning to use the basics to ski well, you need to know up front that your instructor will keep you going slow on low pitch slopes to do this. There's a very good reason for this.
You'll be needing to pay attention to what your feet and legs and hips and arms and shoulders are doing, little things that usually escape our attention if we're going fast or dealing with thrilling terrain. This kind of fundamental instruction is "work" and it really pays off if you follow up with drilling those things into your muscle memory after the lesson, on low-pitch boring terrain. Boring terrain is important because the focus needs to be on the feet, and the knees, and thighs. And the hips and shoulders and hands, not on the wind blowing past your ears.
Think of this learning process as getting to know with precision what your body is doing as you move on skis, rather than getting to know how to experience speed and do cool stuff on fun terrain... that will be easier and safer later when you own this fundamental stuff. Once you can do one thing with your inside foot and another with your outside foot while doing something with your inside hip but not your outside hip and oh wait a minute you also need to be doing something with your eyes and there's the pole plant timing... you get the picture. It's a dance. It takes time to get the body parts all sorted out... while balancing on skis moving downhill with obstacles and consequences.
As a new convert working with instruction on fundamentals, you'll learn a lot in a short amount of time and get a big payoff. Welcome to the world of skiing.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 6/25/15 at 8:36am