Originally Posted by Gator
I am trying to plan out my winter spending- I tend to spend way too much during the winter. Anyway, would I get more from taking a 3 day private lesson, joining a racing team for fundamentals or a camp- Billy Kidd 3 days. I really want to improve my skiing and learned just last year that stiff boots were part of the problem. I no longer need or want a 130 flex boot and now that I am over the ego trip, I just want to make nice turns and have fun.
Here are a few questions. Your answers might help people offer more specific information that you can use.
1. How do you ski now? Got a favorite type of terrain? Got terrain or conditions you don't ski but wish you could?
2. Do you go alone, or with a group or family? Will skiing better change this arrangement?
3. How many days on snow do you get? Are you increasing this amount every year, getting into skiing more and more, or is this stable?
4. What do you want to be doing as a skier by the end of this upcoming season that you can't do now?
5. What will contribute to you having more fun than you have now?
6. If you join a race team, there will be social stuff because you'll reconnect with your teammates on a regular basis, and that's fun. You'll meet new people, especially if there is social time associated with your races, such as meals and announcements of winners and raffles and so on. But does the race team you want to join offer training? Do you know anything about that training? Or do you just click in and race, with random tips from your teammates? Are you OK with just racing and enjoying its social aspects (you'll get better as time goes by even without specific training, probably), or is your primary goal to get better at skiing and you only want to race because you've heard that racers ski best?
7. Race camps are there to help racers get faster. A race camp experience can be very helpful, or somewhat helpful. It all depends on unknowns, so you take your chances when you go. Others will chime in with specific info on race camp experiences. Know that it's group instruction, and much of it may be in the gates. So if you need work on fundamentals, you'll need to go to a race camp that works on those outside the gates. What particular camp are you considering? Perhaps some folks here have attended that camp and can give you specific information.
8. A three-day private will guarantee that you get personal feedback from someone who is fully committed to your progress, and yours alone. If the chemistry is good, you'll learn a lot. Do you have a specific mountain three-day-private in mind? If so, some folks here may be able to point you to specific instructors to ask for.
Best of luck in your quest!