Interesting thread, as an ever learning skier I certainly value the importance of getting lessons from a pro. It was over 20 years ago my first ski trip and luckily the experienced guys I went down with empthasised the value of getting lessons straight up. For the next 10 or so years of skiing I had two hour group lesson every day I skied.
My kids started last year and despite thier intitial protests I timed it so they went straight from the carpark to a lesson day one. After our second trip this year and more lessons the kids are already becoming assertive in thier skiing style, and trust me they will be learning to carve. But yeah for two girls 9 and 12 they have already done lessons in half pipe and rails etc. They love it all which is pretty satisfying for me and thier instructors (young instructors, are really mixing it up between traditional and what I would call modern freestyle)
As stated in another post of mine, I went back to lessons this year after skiping quite a few years, it was a great group dynamic of similar level skiers and the instructor really pushed us into hard charging carves and some tougher terrain than what I naturally push myself into, I felt I really learnt from the way he fed back to us on an individual level aside from the overall group instruction, it may of only been two or three individual focused words of crituque a day but he was clearly in tune with my weakness's and targeted those with choosen words to me on lift and I watched as he made sure he got individual time with all the group and did the same for the others as well.
money well spent.
Appologies for my constant release of thoughts via posting, chronic ski illness at the moment. With all the reading I feel the need to comunicate back to others with same illness