I honestly do not believe being a skier from Midwest is any disadvantage at all for most part. If you live in a town and have access to a small ski area you can be as good as you want to be. I can leave my house and be at the ski area within 40 minutes. People from Denver do not have this ability. Sure they have better terrain but I sincerely doubt that a beginner is going to be skiing a double black out west anytime within there first couple seasons. I think a beginner following the steps below should have no issues reaching a high level of ability withing a few years.
I would say the following steps allow anyone that wants to become an expert to advance.
1. Show up... Half of the battle in life is just showing up and skiing is no different. If you live in midwest chances are you have night skiing even on weekdays. Show up at least 3 nights a week and if possible join an adult lesson or race program. Perfect north is open Sunday through Thusrday 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday until 1AM. I don't care what kind of job you have you can find 4 hours to ski per day with that timeline. Make it a habit to ski 3 week nights.
2. Find an adult program or clinic. Most ski areas will have either an all day clinic to work on skills or a weekly lesson/race program for adults. Find out how to get involved and sign up. I made a huge stride within the hour of an all mountain clinic with some top notch instructors. I would bet that anyone on this website would have been able to improve there skiing with these guys. I paid $100 for all day mens clinic that had 3 instructors and only 4 participants. What was also great about it was the instructors would take spots on top of hill, middle of the slope and at the bottom and all gave you feedback from where they saw you. I don't think you could really do that on a 1500 vertical foot run. The other main advantage is the length of runs. I really doubt your legs are getting tired on the short runs which allow you to focus on technique the entire run. If you are in midwest and go to a large resort and do longer runs your legs are feeling it and technique may suffer until it is ingrained into your skiing.
Here is an example of Perfect Norths adult lesson series they offer. @cdtotten
I bet they will have something for you to excel. Btw if you ski Saturdays as for Tom. He is a great instructor and has been there for a long time.
Adult Lesson Series
The Perfect North Slopes Ski and Snowboard School is offering a new program for Skiers and Snowboarders who are looking to improve and advance their skills on the snow! The Adult Lesson Series is $45 per lesson and each lasts for two hours. These group sessions are broken down into different categories which build off of one another through the months of January and February.
The choices for the Adult Lesson Series range from “Lose the Wedge” (skiing) and “Learn to Carve” (snowboarding) to “Steeper” (skiing) and “All Mountain Tactics” (snowboarding). There are 5 Adult Lesson Series offerings for skiing and 4 Adult Lesson Series disciplines for snowboarding. A Women’s only clinic will also be offered with similar progression. You may pick and choose which Lesson to attend if you feel you have met the prerequisite skill set for any particular lesson.
3. Have fun skiing. I get it we all want to improve however if you are starting inn your 30's like I did chances are very very slim that you will ever be an Olympian. So have fun enjoy your time. Focus on your technique but don't be so focused that you lose sight of the fact this is supposed to be fun. Try and do a few runs early that you keep perfect form and if you are fatigued later and not perfect don't sweat it. Just have fun.
I honestly believe if someone is from a small hill and skis 3 weeknights per week and all day one weekend or times it for a late night friday or saturday skiing they should have no troubles advancing. The tools are available. Some might say well there are no huge cliffs or gnar to jump however I say if you want to work on that hit the terrain parks bigger jumps to prep. But realistically most intermediates with families aren't thinking of hitting Corbett's or a heli trip in Alaska to some crazy run.
4. Get the entire family involved. Get the wife and kids into a ski program preferably a weekly program to ingrain regular skiing into there lifestyle. For example our ski area has the Children's doodle program for kids 4-12. Take advantage of it and allow your kids to grow comfortable. If your kid excels in that program and wants something more ask about any kids race programs.@cdtotten
Your kids might be interested in the Sunday program.
Children’s Doodles Program
Doodles is a five week program designed to hep your child embrace skiing and boarding for a lifetime of healthy fun. Our expert staff of instructors are highly trained in the art of helping your child excel at the sport. In a progressive lesson environment, your child will build the fundamental skill set that will help them master the slopes and take their skiing and boarding skill to the next level.
$125 - $150 per child
Doodles is open to all levels ages 4 through 12, and must be added to a season pass. Program is offered Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 - 8:00pm, or Sunday at 9:30 - 11:00am or 3:30 - 5:00pm. It starts the week of January 10th, 2016 and continues for 5 consecutive weeks on your selected day and time.
Ski or Snowboard Classes meet on your pre-selected "locked-in" day of the week.
$125: Ages 4-12, 6:30 pm, Sunday - Thursday.
$150: Ages 4-12, Sunday 9:30am or 3:30pm
Limited spots available Register early. Any missed lesson is forfeited.
Child must turn 4 prior to January 1st.
As you can see there are plenty of opportunities for success at even the smallest of ski areas. Take advantage of them. Get involved meet the people at the ski school and see how they can help you. There is enough opportunity to learn at the local hill so that your vacation can be that a vacation to have fun and rip up a mountain. Get your kids involved and watch as they grow.@marznc
I think with all of the information above the idea of the Midwest being a disadvantage is not reality. It is all on what the skier is willing to do. It does not matter where but how and how much effort you put forth in your ability. The tools are available for everyone to take advantage.