I'm a 34 year-old beginner skier with five days experience (4 last year, 1 this year). I am about to head back to Winter Park at the very beginning of April to get a few days in, and I thought I'd seek a little advice.
I've had two group lessons (1st day ever, and then my one day this year - a half day lesson). Unfortunately due to weather I was unable to get back to WP to ski in the days immediately after my lesson (big snow in Denver, wasn't comfortable driving back to mountains with that uncertainty).
Anyway, I was placed in the "intro to parallel" group, which was a lot of information to try to take in. The instructor was wearing a PSIA pin, so no worries on my part regarding the content of the lesson. That said, I definitely struggled to "get it."
The words the instructor used were that I "loved my inside edges" and really need to focus on flattening the inside ski. The feeling he told me was that it'd feel like I was going bowlegged. And, because I loved my inside edge so much, think "right foot to go right, etc.".
After reflection on the lesson, I think what got me into a knot was I'd focus on the inside foot so much I'd stand on it, forgetting about the other foot. So in defensive mode, I'd revert to my wedge, as the instructor put it, "for safety and stability."
My question to the group is, as I think I just need mileage on the snow, when it comes to getting to this next stage, how do you balance trying new skills of getting the skis parallel versus "going back a step" to what I'm comfortable doing?
Also balancing practice with fun and recreation?
Thank you so much for any insights.