I was lucky enough to have a friend drag me and my lady along for a chilly first time out skiing last year on New Years Eve. The weather that night was -18F wearing a jacket that they let me use XXL (I wear a medium) you would think anyone would have had a awful time. Crazy as we are we fell 100% in love with skiing. Skied i think a total of 6 times last year and made the decision that this is now going to be our life.
So here we are in the 14/15 season bought all our gear and even though opening day here was last Friday the only day we have taken off has been Monday. What we have decided is we will ski 6 days a week with Mondays being off days. Sundays we will be in a group ski school and Wednesdays we will take private lessons (not together).
Now my question is with this much dedication and mileage planned what should my expectations be as for progression? Our first private of the year we took on Sunday coming in with the little we learned last year, I am now skiing parallel and the instructor had me doing edging drills and balance drills after first watching me ski. I just don't know where i should be setting the bar should I be expecting to hit expert by the end of the year or is that to aggressive? I just need some real expectations from your experiences.
Thanks in advance for the advice and knowledge!
After reading more, I learned you are taking lessons at Afton. Vail Resorts Ski Schools really push the 9 levels of rating skiers. I would think that you might progress to level 6 or 7, but it will have more to do with your skiing on your own, than what you get from the lessons. One of my best friends has told me they are working on a plan to have lessons at Afton to that then send you out for level 6-9 training in Colorado, Tahoe, or Park City (they will be doing this at Mt Brighton as well). The terrain will limit you more than anything else at Afton, there is a reason many skiers in the Greater Twin Cities area say if you ski one run at Afton, you have skied them all. I'm not trying to get you to switch area's, but you have 2 locations that actually have more variation in pitch, fall line, and vertical in a shorter drive than where you are going (Coffee Mill, and Welch Village). At the very least I would recommend you spending a few nights, or weekend days checking out other options and getting the experience on more varied terrain, as once you are comfortable making linked parallel turns on the blues at Afton, your progression in skills and ability will really slow down without the variety to push your abilities and skills.
Just my opinion.
Edited by msprace - 12/11/14 at 2:41pm