I'm not sure if I have posted in this before.
I look at lessons like shopping for a good car.
Unfortunately, there is no try before you buy.
You want an instructor that makes you feel good about yourself, and when your learning to ski, thats really hard, cause all your doing is falling down.
Hence what ghost said in the first page. You want to practice before you embarrass yourself in front of other skiers. This is a big problem in America. We too worried about being judged.
Last time I took lessons for something, Golf, Everything I was doing was wrong, not a single thing. It was just frustrating to golf, and golf well at that, for a few years and have this guy i've never heard of telling me I'm a piece of crap. So I taught myself over again.
I did learn 1 thing from him, and it's a true point I was doing wrong, but the way he was teaching was just rancid and horrible. I watched video's, used my brain and practiced.
Skiing is not quite that easy unfortunately. I cannot watch myself ski. I know when I do some things wrong like throwing my hips, or not using my ankles right, yada yada.
Which things were Good, guy I skied with was Instructor at one point. So I'd ask him and he'd help, but left me alone. But he moved away, so now thats not available.
I kinda like instructors that want to help, not just go over some spiel for you, or over do it.
Hence, try before you buy.
I'd want to see his lesson first and watch him ski also. If he's just teaching everyone to wedge to get down the hill and get his money, I don't want to have lessons from him.
Like trying to take a Civic off-roading, we know its not going to happen, but if you didn't know jack about what you were buying, you might try it!
I like to learn by example and practice Trial/error sorta deal. Though ski errors are not very fun.
If I could hand an instructor 20 dollars, ask him a question and go up the lift a few times with him to finish the question in actual skiing where he can help me with the problem I'm having, I'd be all over instructors like a hobo tearing into a bologna sandwich.
I Just don't believe it works that way? so many an hour or half hour, and you don't feel you get your time used.
He's going to make 20 dollars from me in 10 mins. A talk up the lift, going over a few things, and down we go. Talk up the lift again and same thing.
But, thats me, and I'm weird. But it's my thoughts.
Mainly, people don't take lessons cause they are embarrassed and don't want to embarrass themselves further.
Only problem is, they don't realize that they look like a jackass and are already embarrassing themselves pizzawedging down the hill in everyones way.
Okay okay, So you say get a blah blah blah certified instructor.
instructing others is not like getting a job where you have somebody keeping an eye on you.
Your intentions have to be good to be a good instructor. I've taught people to do lots of strange things, and I realize this. I'm not getting paid, so all I have is passion to instill in them, cause there is no monetary transfer between us.
I got side tracked.
Point is, you can take a test and get certified, Then just teach however you want too. So even going for a "certified" instructor doesn't mean your going to get good instruction. He might have the certification to get the buisness just to teach you to wedge down the hill so he can get his 80 dollars and go home.
If you want to find an instructor.
Talk to him, and ask to watch his lessons.
Watch him ski.
Ask him questions.
If he is a d-bag, tell him to hike up a tree.
And if he's certified, Report him.
I do realize that instructors might be hesitant to let you "watch" a lesson.
Watching is not participating. If your watching, your not going up the lift and skiing down with everyone.
Explain to him your intentions.
My thought is, if your a good instructor, what do you have to loose?
It's the passion of teaching others, not the paycheck!
I had to wait so long for edit to load, I forgot what I wanted to amend.
Most people are not smart enough to realize if they have a good instructor or not. They are beginners and don't know any better.
The people looking for the paycheck pray on these people. These people also ski maybe 1 or 2 times a year.
I understand that makes it hard for an instructor and I don't know how to cope.
But there are also others out there who wont be embarrassed, but will notice when somebody's heart isn't in the instruction.
It's just a difficult thing in general.
I really hope I got my point across. =\