Both the wife and daughter took a group lesson at Vail this week with hopes of getting some instruction from the ski instructor to improve their skiing. After asking both of them about their lesson, their answers were strikingly similar. Most of the people in their groups (my daughter in a teen group and my wife in an adult intermediate group) had taken "lessons" with the same group for the two previous days and were going to do so for the next few. The actual "instructions" they received were few and far between. Basically they were paying to ski with this group of people who had apparently paid good money to do the same for a whole week.
While my daughter thoroughly enjoyed skiing with her group, my wife felt a little ripped off. We skied BC the next day ands I bet a good 50-75% of the people we saw (and it was as crowded as I have ever seen the Beav) were skiing with a group lesson.
My question is, is this normally what group lessons are like, or is this an anomaly of taking lessons at Vail or BC over Christmas?