I took a lesson last week at Windham and when asked what level I was at, I said "intermediate." Mostlty because I was recently humbled by skiing at Killington during and after a big snowstorm. The instructor (who was a great guy btw) asked me what I had in mind and I told him that I was recently at Windham and Killington after big storms and had some trouble skiing in powdery uneven terrain. I also have been trying to become a confident mogul skier. I can ski blue mogul runs pretty well when the moguls aren't too big but still really struggle on big, tightly spaced moguls. I also tried some tree skiing and struggled a lot with that too. I mentioned to him that I wanted to get better at moguls, tree skiing, learning how to scrub speed in tight areas and generally be more nimble in tight spaces. I think I carve pretty well on groomed runs and can ski pretty well on ungroomed as long as it's not too bad.
He said that we can work on that stuff and that there wasn't many bumps that day but we could see what we could find. We wound up working on the exercice where you lift your inside leg as you go throgh the turn which I'm sure is beneficial and will help. We did it on a blue run a few times and then we went to a double black (it's not that difficult for a double black) and made some turns on there. He told me I made some great wide radius and short radius turns and told me that I could scrub speed by turning into the hill at the end of each turn (I already knew this and have used the tactic a lot).
The instructor was great and I'm sure this drill will polish my turns on both even and uneven terrain but I can't help but think that I didn't come away with some of the techniques I was hoping to learn. After the lesson, I even skied a few runs with him, his wife (who also instructs), and the bootfitter and went on a trail (Upper Wheelchair) that had moguls on one side of the trail. I would have really liked to play in there with the instructor. I just read the following thread and post #2 really caught my attention:
I would like to take another lesson before the season is over. Unfortunately, it will be at Mountains that don't have tree skiing (Hunter and/or Windham) but I would like to learn techniques that would help me make tight turns with the lower body while keeping the upper body still. I can do these on grromed runs, even on some blacks that aren't overly difficult. I just can't seem to do it when I'm actually IN a tight space. Also want to learn how to scrub speed in narrow places.
I'm not sure I'm an intermediate as I may be a bit more advanced but I also don't want to overrate myself. Also, what are some of the technical terms for the techniques that I described I want to learn? I can so side slips but can"t hold a narrow corridor for too long. Essentially what I'm asking is what should I tell the instructor when I step up to the lesson desk?
I skied Whiteface this weekend and it was spring-like conditions and actuallly skied the uneven slushy snow pretty well, though I still struggled in more difficult moguls.