A digression here. Altogether I have felt that the decision to start learning to ski brought about so many amazing gifts to my life. Finding this forum too, was (is) a completely unexpected adventure. Seems like this Zen dictum that things happen in life when we are ready must be true. Thank you so much for all your wisdom and information!
You're most welcome! Online communities have great value when you find one that's a good fit. I really enjoy the diverse nature of TSD for age, geography, and ski ability.
So I guess my personal difficulties have now been taken in hand. But this was a stroke of rather extraordinary luck. I still wonder occasionally just how are people like me supposed to go about it in a regular way?
The company that operates the indoor ski slope near New York City (Big SNOW) was formed several years ago exactly to deal with the issue of how difficult it is for a beginner to get started. Snow Operating
looked at the entire experience, not just the beginner lesson. They came up with a beginner-centered approach that starts with providing better support and guidance for the rental process. Even simple changes like signs that are #1, #2, #3, etc. Initially there were instructors and advanced skiers who thought they were crazy. But didn't take long before they became a key partner of PSIA. The industry knows that they need to encourage a new generation of skiers. Snowboarders too, but the learning process for that is pretty different.
Worth keeping in mind that until the "shaped ski" was invented in the 1990s, learning to ski really did take a lot of work. Skis were much longer, well over someone's head. Leg strength was necessary, along with good general fitness. I skied quite a bit for two seasons while at boarding school (ages 12-14) in upstate New York. There was a ski hill on campus. Even though I was an athlete, had lessons, and a lot of interest, I was not even close to being able to make proper parallel turns on straight skis.
So even in the USA, the idea of trying to teach someone over 50 to ski for the first time is relatively new. While there are plenty of seniors who ski regularly in the mornings midweek at their home mountain, they are mostly people who learned to ski in their youth. I done a few "ski safaris" checking out places I've heard of that are not destination resorts. I always look for the local seniors in the lodge because they know the best place to store ski bags and boot up.