Thanks to all who advised me to go racing in the thread I started earlier this season asking for racing vs psia as a way to improve my free skiing. I'm sure PSIA training will be helpful as well, but I chose to join the Mammoth Masters program this season.
We had a five day pre-season camp in late November, and now training every Th-Sun as often as we have time to show up.
Though I haven't entered a race yet, the camp and the weekend training has definitely helped my skiing. You guys were right.
The discipline of the gates, and the feedback from the coaches, the video analysis (woah that was painful to watch lol), and the free skiing with the coaches has been awesome.
Last week I had the best ski day of my entire life. After a morning gate session, and video analysis we went free skiing with the coaches.
And for the first day ever in my life I skiied a double black diamond run at Mammoth with what I felt was grace, control, and that indescrible feeling of "flow."
The things we had worked on - "ski the tunnel aka stay low through the transitions", driving the inside knee, staying committed down the fall line, still upper body - all directly applied to the free skiing.
I was able to arc lines down steep, ungroomed snow that I really never thought I would be capable of doing.
I'll probably never be on a podium - and that wasn't my goal - but I'm so glad to have found this program.
So - thank y'all