About 6 years ago a friend of mine convinced me to go skiing. Since I previously had a bad experience with someone "teaching" me to snowboard by taking me up the chair lift and pointing down the hill, I signed up for group lessons (EZ Ski package, three group lessons). I got a good start and ended up having such a great time that season that I bought skis at the end of winter.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get out much in the last few winters. I'm back at it now though, and after going up a couple times decided it was time to go sign up for a private lesson as I seemed to be stuck at my current skill level. I was having trouble initiating turns, especially to the left and especially on steeper terrain, so I wasn't confident in attacking steeper slopes.
It was only an hour, but I really feel like I've gotten past a hump!! I would highly recommend taking one on one lessons for any beginner. Until you know how to do everything correctly, you are just practicing the wrong things.
Here is what we worked on:
- Flatten out the skis as you're traveling across the fall line to release the edges. We started by standing still, and flattening out the skis to start moving down the hill.
- Rotate hips and push arms out toward the inside of the turn
- Bend the inside knee and tilt the ski inward while transferring weight to the outside ski to get the edges of both skis involved in making the turn.
All of this put together smoothed out my turns immensely. Can't wait to go back!