I haven't been posting much on Epic this year, but I thought I'd write in with a progress report. I'm still improving, still feel like I have a lot more room to improve, still as obsessed as ever with getting better, and still (worse than ever) eating, breathing, sleeping skiing.
Thanks to all who gave me tips last year. Here are some updates:
1. I did my L1 instructor course. It wasn't hard to pass, but it was extremely useful. Reviewing (and re-learning) the basics, and trying to do wedge turns and basic parallel turns at a "demonstration" level helped me become much more aware of a number of small issues related to balance, to pivoting vs. edging, etc. It's also helped me learn a lot about how to learn from watching other skiers.
2. I spent a lot of time working on "stupid slow" exercises on easy pitches. This has been great, for the same reason as #1; I am much more aware of subtle issues than I was a year ago. Pivot exercises, one-ski skiing, etc.
3. It took a while, but I think I have found a coach; I hope this will start to bring benefits soon.
4. Mileage: I've skied a lot this year, and what I really notice is that I'm getting better at self-correction. I can finish a run and not be satisfied, and now I'm much more able to say "aha, this was the problem".
On the other hand, I did not make much progress on
1. Terrain expansion. I had two trips planned to the West this year, and both got derailed by the busiest two-month period at work that I can remember. Work has been incredibly busy, which is really unfortunate (especially so because fall was very quiet at work!). On the other hand, one of the planned trips was Whistler in March, and I think I am going to be OK missing that one, given the conditions. I've gotten a good number of east-coast days in, and the conditions have been great, but there is no substitute for real mountain terrain.
2. Skating. That will be a project for this coming summer.
3. Razie, I did not have time to investigate CSCF; that will come next year.