Originally Posted by ohioskier
My issue is on the steeps my downhill ski will carry the weight up hill ski doesnt seem to stay parallel it kinda stays in a v or slight wedge i pick heal up to make it parallel. Some reason up hill especially when its right ski doesnt move as much. Instructor at keystone pointed that one out. Now is that end of world technique wise?
Well, no... If you read in the instruction/coaching threads here you'll find that skiing technique can be quite complicated. You say you've skied 23 days total in your life. There's a ton to be learned.
Best bet is to get a good instructor, and take a lesson every now and then from that person. What an instructor can do is decide what to work on first given how you are skiing right now.
A book can't see you ski, so it can't customize its advice to you.
What's good about a book is it offers everything its author has to offer, and that whole package of information will be presented in consistent language and have a consistent approach. If you switch from instructor to instructor, you'll get inconsistency. That can be frustrating.
Back to reasons to use lessons: your instructor should watch you do what is being taught, and correct you if need be or tell you if you are getting it right. The book can't do that, either. However, if you get an instructor who doesn't give personal feedback, what's the use of that?
My favorite books are Mark Elling's The All Mountain Skier, and Lito's Breakthrough on the New Skis. If you are an engineer, you might actually read Ron LeMaster's Ultimate Skiing all the way through, but I don't know how well it will teach you to ski better at only 23 days. Rick Schnellman's set of six instructional DVDs are excellent, as well.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 1/26/14 at 5:01am