Originally Posted by skiatansky
Another word for feedback is "coaching". Coaching comes in many forms and much of the time is received outside of a formal lesson. I'd guess that just like the OP you have been the recipient of other forms of coaching be it written, video, or on the hill.
I think you'd be surprised how little feedback I've received, especially in the last 10-15 years. That's the first video of my skiing in that time. Most of my ski buddies have scattered to different mountains, so we only ski together a few times per year. These days I ski alone a lot, or with folks to whom I provide tips, not vise versa.
No doubt when I was really learning to ski bumps at Mary Jane we always provided each other lots of informal feedback. Really simple stuff, though. Hands up and out, shoulders square with the hill, absorb, stay on top, skis on the snow, etc. I do think that simple feedback still serves me well. I now quickly notice on my own if I drop a hand, for example.
In spite of little feedback in the last 10-15 years, I really feel like my skiing has continued to improve, um, naturally. As an example, I realized I was getting old and if I wanted to keep skiing bumps into old age I'd need to back off and develop a lower impact technique. You can see the result of that in the video above. It's easy to feel when you are slamming bumps, so the changes I needed to make felt obvious and natural.
I think more than anything I'm just lucky to be raised in Colorado, and to end up with a bunch of friends who are better skiers than me to chase around in my developing years. As I mentioned previously, on the other hand, I will be putting my kiddos in a race program when they are old enough. I really wish I had that opportunity as a kid.