i agree on the lessons big time.
just this wkend at my local mtn cypress, there was this dude (a late 20s or early 30s persian dude with an outdated, traditional macho controlling attitude) impatiently waiting for his persian girlfriend to try to come down a blue/black run...he even yelled at her 'C'mon!' , and yet you could see she was scared and yelling back....he skied down...
going up the same lift over a hlf hr or so I saw they'd made little progression down the hill, so I skied over to her and asked if she was alright ...told me she'd only been up skiing TWICE before (with 1 or 2 lessons)...she couldn't even do a wedge...or if she could her confidence was now lost due to macho boyfriend: "my legs feel frozen and I've lost my confidence" ....she said with admiration--get this--that her boyfriend was ''a good skier'' and self taught...''he has never had taken a lesson in his life'', she gushingly noted.....I then grew as equally choked at her own stupidity (and naivete) as at his: I advised her to get a new boyfriend and go to the green/bunny hill where she could relax, have FUN, take her time and also some lessons.
What dufus boyfriend had done instead was to have her freeze up and discourage her from going skiing again...all the while he would sulk below (when she did come down to the base) that his gal wasn't as atheletic or as ''competently self taught'' as he was.... LOSER.
While having a burger on the patio down below, I looked up and contined to see him (and now another skiier) try to help her down, showing her a wedge....I think she eventually walked down.
So much for being protective of his gal and truly looking out for her.
lastly, dufus macho boy wasn't even wearing a helmet, esp given his lacking skill level, which, when coupled on the runs he was on, heightens the probability of injury (but I guess just as he felt he was ''above'' the need for spending $ on lessons, so too was his superior ability not to need any safety equipment and thus save the ''costs'').
PS I am a BIG believer in taking ongoing lessons in skiing.....there are always things to improve upon. I find I don't make as much progression in my skiing if I go for a long time without some feedback to help me break out of a plateau, or to shake things up...or make me approach things in a different manner.
Edited by canali - 4/24/11 at 2:19pm