Hi all! I'm looking for advice on the next steps to improve my skiing. Some background on where I'm starting from:
- I'm 28, and this was my third season. Got in 13 days. Hoping to bump that number up to at least 20 next year.
- I've got the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus. I'm most comfortable in Steamboat, but we've been to Copper and Winter Park often enough that I feel good on those. I have no familiarity with Eldora.
- I've taken at least one lesson every year, though this year was just a one-hour early in the season to get good habits back in mind. Didn't push my boundaries, but it was very helpful and I really liked the instructor.
- I'd define myself as a high 6. Comfortable on groomed blacks, uncomfortable on ungroomed terrain higher than medium blue.
- I say "uncomfortable" instead of "can't do," because I've learned to ski following someone who's been skiing since she was 4. I've tossed myself down a lot of things I really don't have the technique to handle trying to follow her.
I want to really improve my skiing in less-than-perfect snow, bumps, and trees. Especially trees. For those of you that ski Steamboat, Shadows and I have an ongoing war, and I'm not winning it.
Here's the vague plan of attack I've got, which I'm looking for more input on:
- Off-season conditioning. I start every season barely able to make it through a decent day of skiing. That's gotta change, and there are some great threads on here that I've been trying things from.
- I need to get some time on the mountain where it's just me and I don't have to keep up with anyone so I can focus on getting better instead of getting down.
- Early season lesson, probably just half-day. Something I can build on for the season. My questions here are when to do it (what's the earliest point where there should be enough terrain open that I can go to spots that push me), and where's the best place? I'm leaning towards Winter Park, because from what little I know about the skiing world it seems like the natural place to learn bumps.
- What are good runs to aim for at Copper and WP? Someplace where I can experiment without being stuck on something hopelessly out of my league.
- I'd like to do Bob's Mogul Camp at Winter Park - is anybody familiar with it? Would it make sense for someone at my skill level, or is it aimed for more advanced skiers?
Thanks for all the help you guys have already given in other threads, and I'd appreciate any input you've got on how I can improve!
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