Spent last week in Utah skiing for 6 days, 5 different mountains, great time.
My wife wanted to take a lesson, and chose Alta for no particular reason. Signed up for a 2 hour "Blue to Black" lesson.
I would describe her as a solid intermediate skier with a fear / confidence issue, so this class seemed right at her level.
Instructor was an older guy named Brian. The class started with a quick run down a short groomer to assess skill level - not sure how 5 turns tells them much, but that was it.
Others in class were arguably less skilled than my wife, and two of them (all female class by coincidence) were working at Alta.
By my wife's account the lesson was utterly useless. They were learning basic turn mechanics when the class had been described as providing tactics for dealing with harder terrain.
My wife has decent mechanics (haha) - but she freezes when confronted with 1) steep uninterrupted groomers, 2) steep bumps especially on open slopes (i.e. - she does better in the trees), 3) ice. They all her skills sort of disappear and she reverts to the back seat and wedging, etc. Even when she gets the concept -- for example, to not ski in the troughs of hte bumps because it becomes like a bobsled track -- she has trouble with the execution when her fear takes over.
So anyway...the class just didn't do it for her. At the end of the class they were SLOWLY creeping down some black runs with wide turns, which frankly she can already do. Later in the day we skied some decent terrain together -- Catherine's, the stuff off the High Traverse, and some nice soft snow in the trees, and she did pretty well at all of those. So, either the lesson was oversold, or her/our expectations were not squared away with it. It didn't help that right on the 2 hour mark the instructor just said "Lesson's over" and basically skied off and left the group alone -- while the woman doign the "Intermediate" lesson had told her charges that she'd ski with them for an extra hour if they wanted (for no extra fee, so hopefully they tipped her well).
So that wa the first lesson either of us ever experienced. Not a good start, and now we're back in upstate NY at our little home "mountain" Might go up to VT for a couple days before the end of the season...and she'd like to try another lesson.
Any advice on how to pick the right lesson for her needs?