In recent years, I've done some semi-private lessons that were mixed ability. Meaning a range from intermediate to advanced where the advanced skier(s) appreciates working on drills and learning more about the reasons behind improving a skill. Has been very helpful to see first-hand what a friend or a friend's kid is capable of doing. Or advanced skiers where 1-2 are less experienced and/or have more fear issues. Since I pick very experienced instructors (PSIA Level 3, 20+ years experience), they are able to make everyone feel like they are having a private lesson.Well it just so happens that we are working on an offering that is perfect for this situation because we see it often.
Originally we were going to offer packages that had lessons for the beginner in the morning. But now, prompted by comments in another thread, we are looking at adding guided afternoons that include the better skier so they know where the beginner is comfortable.
Happy to have thoughts from others about what we should include in the offering.
Once a beginner/intermediate has a chance to enjoy a trail with an instructor or a better skier (instructor or friend) who they know is patient, they are much more likely to be willing to go with friends or family. Or even solo. I learned to check out snow conditions earlier in the day for any trail that wasn't the easiest beforehand. Especially if the friend was a cautious intermediate who learned to ski as an adult. Not so important for kids who learned at a young age at ski school.
The big advantage of a Taos Ski Week is that the 6 consecutive lessons are in the mornings. Same instructor, same group based on ability level and personal chemistry. For regular Ski Weeks, sometimes people shift groups on Day 2 for chemistry reasons as opposed to ability. In the afternoons, people can ski with their friends and family, or even with a classmate they just met that week. I make time to ski a few runs with friends who are intermediates, especially if it's the first time they have done a Ski Week. It's very helpful to know where their instructor has taken them so far.
Having written all that down . . . perhaps the guiding in the afternoon could be for just an hour. Or whatever time it takes to do a few runs. The idea is to leave time for the beginner and their travel/ski companion to ski at least a run or two by themselves.