It is a great article, Todd--among your many others! And thanks for the timely resurrection of it, Artimus!
I still have to laugh at the story Weems told (where are you Weems, by-the-way?), regarding some over-inflated egotistical student he once skied with who announced to others the necessity of "impressing" the instructor. In perhaps a rare break from true professionalism (to which I believe we are ALL entitled once in a while!), Weems stated something to the effect of "There aren't enough ski seasons left in your life for you to become a good enough skier to impress me...." We've all thought it--I admire Weems for actually saying it!
Instructors are easily impressed by any skier who makes an honest effort to improve, regardless of their level. They are NEVER impressed by anyone, at any level, who thinks he has nothing to learn!