Originally Posted by hobbes429
On another note, what are the conditions/weather expectations for Stowe over the next 2 weeks? I would like to sneak one more trip into what has been a disappointing season for me.
quite honestly great coverage on the trails. Its sad that we lost nearly every side/Back county run in what seems like 3 days. but the trail manmade and natural have alot of snow on them.
Bring the slightly fat skis and surf the slush.
We also have a dozenish L3 waiting for lessons and most adult line -up. Some are quite good.
about the original post.
The problem with most advance levels lesson is this. The normal group lesson here at stowe 1.5 hours and we also do the 2.5 hour group lesson called a mountain clinic which is better for people who are skiing at levels 6-7-8. These amounts of time are VERY VERY small compared to how long you have or havent been doing a movement or movement pattern on your skis. Practice makes permanent and in alot of cases nearly impossible to 'cure" people in these times. As Grizzled is saying. there are no magic bullets or quick fixes. with that said if the instructor sticks to one or 2 things and you practice after the lessons there is a good chance you can take something away from the lesson. It ends up being up to you. I can lead you to water but you got to want to drink it.
some other tips from someone who does work the "line" from time to time.
Even we do not ask(I always ask) try to explain what you want from the lesson. If its unrealistic I'll let you know, or if I get something like " I need to learn to carve better to ski double blacks" Ill let you know why that is unrealistic as well. Some instructors are push over though and might try to go with it to little success.
As MDF was saying the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Talking to us on the chairlift lets us know even more about you. We can make up analogies that best fit you.
realize that most advance level skills are learned first on very easy blue and greens. Be ok with that and embrace it.
Balance is one thing you can improve year round. Its also the biggest limiting factor in what can be done on skis and there fore how far I can progress in a lesson. Yoga, roller Blading, ice skating , mountain biking , just biking in general all help your balance. Showing up to the lesson with solid balance skills will help make best use of what we as Pro coaches are trying to teach you.