|Mind you, this is coming from someone who almost never takes lessons - but if you're virtually always in a lesson, how do you have the time to try and incorporate what was taught last time?
That's a good question, and one that worries me sometimes. I may change my strategy a bit this year. But here are my problems:
1. Of all the people I know who ski, I am by far
the least experienced skier. So from day one, it's been a game of catch-up. Of course, to begin with, I needed to be taught, as I knew absolutely nothing. And I really needed someone to explain to me what the correct body placements were so I could lock them into muscle memory.
2. I get very little time skiing in a year. The closest major slope is a 3 hour drive from here, and because of the paucity of skiable stuff around it is a ZOO on weekends. So strangely, although my home slope is technically in Collingwood, I have actually only skied in Ontario 2 or 3 times! This sounds totally silly, but I spend a LOT of time skiing in my head, just visualizing what felt like great skiing. So because I don't get a lot of time, I somehow feel I have to pack as much learning into that time as I can.
3. Because we travel to ski, I have (so far) been unfamiliar with the terrain when we get there. So in many ways, I use classes not only to improve my technique, but also to get help familiarizing myself with the mountain. I know that there are areas I'd never have skied at Whistler (the Saddle!) if an instructor hadn't taken us there first.
4. I'm sure this is just a confidence thing, but so far, I haven't enjoyed skiing alone much. Actually, I did this for the first time about a month ago. Three of us went up to Blue Mountain, and we skied together in the morning, and then I told Mr. Delta and my other friend (a wonderful skier) to just head out to what steeps they could find, and I'd work on stuff in the afternoon. And it was great.
5. Like disski, I'm addicted to the improvement. It's like as soon as you figure out one thing (parallel skis! woo hoo!), you have enough smarts to figure out that a whole bunch of other stuff is wrong. But I have a feeling I'm probably too hung up about stuff sometimes, and as Lisamarie (I think) said in another thread, I should just SHUT UP AND SKI, already.
Note on Canadian resorts: It doesn't have to be Whistler. There are definitely other smaller resorts that might work.