Hi, I am looking to get back into skiing more this year and have 3 trips booked already. Plan to ski Northstar for 4 days in early January; then Heavenly, Squaw and Kirkwood for 7 days in early February; and finally 4 days at Beaver Creek in late February. This will be by far the most I've ever skied in a single year. Below are my questions:
1. I am already set to get custom fitted for boots with Bud Heishman in Reno before the Northstar trip as everything I've read this is the most important ski equipment to own. I'm considering also purchasing skis as well. Curious as to the best way to figure out the right skis to purchase? Is it best to demo a couple different sets on the first ski trip or is it possible to just pick out a great all mountain ski and go ahead and purchase without trying?
2. I've never taken a ski lesson before and currently I can easily ski groomed blues and am ok on groomed blacks. I'm not very good at anything ungroomed, moguls, powder, etc. I'm thinking about taking a private lesson at Northstar. Is half a day private sufficient to start with? Also, does anybody have any recommendations for instructors at Northstar.
Thanks in advance for the help.