I'm not real good at self-assessment on skill level. I'd guess level 7 or 8 but wouldn't be surprised if a trained instructor thought otherwise. This is my fourth season, around 15 days per season; started at age 40 but got up to speed quickly thanks to (a) lots of biking and rollerblading, and (b) shaped skis.
I know that it's a mistake to assess my skill by the (supposed) challenge of the slope -- but I'm comfortable on anything steep in Berkshires / Catskills areas and up at Whiteface, as well as the "black diamonds" at Okemo. Only problem is if the steeps also are bumpy (i.e., when Catapult gets bumped up). I can manage, but with great effort and honestly it's not as fun as ripping down smooth steep runs at Jiminy like Jericho.
I really want to work on moguls and also get an assessment on carving skills (my issues with carving: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=23573
). Oh yeah, also I want to get more comfortable landing jumps so I can keep up with my kids.
Wish I coud take a week for ESA or even a few days for one of the clinics up at Gore - but that won't happen. 1/2 day private may be doable.
JPSKI - Catamount would be fine. Though frankly I wanted to get up to Jiminy on their e-coupon day next Wednesady, that would help set off the cost of the instruction. I have a season pass to Butternut so I've been craving something a little bigger and steeper. If next Wed doesn't work though that's a great idea, Catamount's a real easy day trip.