What do you feel is holding you back from being a better skier ?
For me, I think it's 90% mental. I believe that I have the skills and technique to ski at a much higher level than I'm skiing at now, but lack the confidence to use and trust those skills on more difficult terrain. I think it boils down to fear - fear of getting injured if I loose control and fall.
Many years ago, when I was only skiing about once a year, had very poor technique, and skiing on old skis with old bindings that were probably set at the wrong DIN, I found that several time when I fell, my bindings never released when they probably should have. When I fell my leg was pulled to the side where it almost felt as if I dislocated my leg at my hip. I didn't have any real, lasting injury, but it took a while to get back up and was sore for quite a while.
Now, any time I get out of my comfort zone, whether it be steeper terrain, bigger bumps, more speed, or whatever, my mind goes to remembering that pain if I fall. Therefore, I avoid falling by skiing way to conservatively and hesitantly and only really ski 'properly' when I'm well within my comfort zone. Being in my late 40's, I fear that injury, even minor, hurts more and lasts longer than when I was younger. Over the past 3 years, I've been skiing about 35 days per year, and I've only fell about 2 or 3 time max per year (way too conservative). When I've fallen, it's been no big deal, pain and injury free. But my mind still rushes to the threat of falling and pain anytime I'm out of my comfort zone. Do I need a ski instructor or hypnotist ?
What do you do to break through your plateau and ski at a higher level ?