After months of anticipation and horrible weather, I finally got to go out for my first time ever skiing.
First of all I should mention that the conditions were absolutely terrible. I think it was about as bad as you can get and still have the resort open. The ski area had been getting a dusting of snow followed by a day of rain for a week or so, and they had been pumping out man made snow. So I was skiing on the bunny hill, but it was just complete ice. I don't know the names for the different types of snow, but it was so hard packed that when you went down your skis didn't actually make a new trail in the "snow", it just shifted around a little bit of loose (really wet and heavy) ice/snow stuff on top of really hard packed ice/snow.
So despite all that I had a pretty good outing. I payed for a group lesson but was the only one there for a lesson so I got a private lesson for $20. After 5 minutes of getting used to the skis at the bottom of the hill, the instructor said I was ready to go up to the top. So we did the bunny hill for the entire lesson, mostly working on linking turns, which was not difficult at all. My instructor said she wasn't trying to teach me too much about how to wedge because I seemed to be pretty good already (I'm pretty naturally athletic and coordinated). I was getting my skis parallel during the portion of my turn that was across the slope, and keeping a wedge during the actual turn. I feel like I am very comfortable with this style of skiing now, and I am definitely ready to move on to parallel skiing.
Here was my major problem: my uphill ski. I swear I felt like most of the time having an uphill ski was a hindrance rather than a help. I think a lot of it had to do with the type of "snow" I was skiing in, but I could not get my uphill ski to be parallel and skid like my downhill ski. Most of my pressure was on the downhill ski, while the uphill ski was kind of just resting on the ground along for the ride, pretty much uncontrolled. When I tried to move the front tip out of a wedge and into a parallel position, the edge just caught the snow and was like "lol nope". I felt like no matter how hard I twisted my foot I couldn't get my uphill ski under control and parallel. There were two ways I was trying to turn the ski to make it parallel; swinging the front tip out, or swinging the back tip in. If I did the former, the outside edge would catch. If I did the latter, my skis would start to separate and the back tips would start to cross, or they would get really close and I would be on my edges and be out of control.
The other problem I had was my stance. I could not for the life of me figure out how I was supposed to be standing. I know that I was supposed to be feeling pressure on my shins from my boots. I did this by leaning forward. But my instructor said I was sticking my butt out too far when I leaned forward like this. But if I stood up straight and leaned forward to feel pressure on my shins, all my weight was centered close to the ball of my foot, and it just felt unnatural. It was either keep my mass centered and be hunched over too much, or stand up straighter and have a weird center of gravity. Sitting here now typing this I'm wondering why I couldn't just center my weight correctly, but on the slope it was much easier said than done.
So that is it. I can't wait until I get some REAL snow to go out again. It actually starting raining (well, it was more like a fine mist in the air) towards the end of the night. I only stayed out there for 2 hours, one hour of that being a lesson, because I felt like I couldn't learn anything more on that snow.
I tried to thoroughly describe the way I perceived my problems above, because I feel like the more I describe it, the more you can guide me. Any advice is appreciated.