No, Ski, that's not correct. Without competent instruction, you're very likely to get into bad habits. The instructors certainly are all unique individuals, but if they are certified by the PSIA - the Professional Ski Instructors of America - they have all learned the same basic stuff. After you've had some lessons, you will develop your own skiing style, never fear! But you need to have a certain skills, and you'd be cheating yourself if you didn't get that instruction.
EDIT: P.S. One of the guys who posts here a lot is Bob Barnes. He wrote the book called "The Encyclopedia of Skiing". He's also a great guy, very informative, and FUNNY! Look for his posts in the Instruction forum. Then, send him a Private Message and ask what he thinks of all this. Hey, can't hurt, right?
[ September 01, 2002, 07:37 PM: Message edited by: oboe ]