Here's some other random thoughts:
Non PSIA members can attend some of the clinics at a slightly higher cost (like $25 more a day).
There's been a few comments about Instructors having to ski slower and I think there are a couple reasons for this. You don't really own a skill until you can do it slow and speed can hide many things.
Many of the best Racers have stated that a lot of what they are able to do in the race course is because they skied the whole mountain and not because the spent so much time in the gates or even race training. I bring this up in an effort to peel back the onion, not just for the OP but for anyone else, myself included, that's trying to figure out what they want out of skiing. Do you want to ski as good as the racers you see or do you want to race. Those are two different objectives. Last year was my third and probably worse year at racing, caused more than likely by a mental block as a result of my previous season's accident and a weakness in my foundation skills. That is why this year I'm distancing myself from racing (no beer league , not working NASTAR ). I might run nastar now and again just for fun, but it will probably be to mix things up for a change of pace. So I'm going to race less so I can become a better racer.
Becoming an instructor is the most cost effective way to becoming a better skier, as long as you're willing to work at it and understand it isn't all about you. It's a partnership between the student, SAM and you. All need to be getting something out of it. I've also found that the feedback I've gotten once I became an instructor is more sincere. The sugar coating is saved for the guests.
This year I'm going to be coaching 6-12 year old kids in a train to race program two days a week for 3 hours each day, go to lunch and will spend the rest of the day in instructor training clinics and/or self directed training. The clinics don't cost me anything and I get paid to coach the kids. While coaching, I'm skiing and doing the drills too. How can you beat that!
My cost will be for the PSIA clinics that I'm going to do through out the season and that will probably cost me for all them, somewhere around $500 - $700 depending on how many and which ones. I don't have to do that many but want to this year. The money I get from coaching will cover the PSIA clinic costs and travel/lodging.
I'm not trying to talk anyone out of attending a race camp or going that route. I'm just trying highlight some possibilities that might not have been understood or discussed.