With only a dozen or so days on the snow this year, I measure improvement in very small increments.
Actually, I'm not that concerned with measuring my improvement. I go skiing; I have fun. That works for me. I'm always trying to learn more and get "better", but I don't compete with anyone, not even myself. I guess I spend some time "working on points for style" when I try to apply all that I've learned over the years and what I'm still learning. I suppose I accidentally learned a lot demoeing all sorts of different skis this year, even though I was concentrating on what the skis did for me instead of what I was doing with the skis. In retrospect I suppose a measure of improvement could be how well I relate what I do on the snow to my physical model of what's going on. Theoretically
, I've improved a lot!
Some measurements I have used in the past:
As a novice: how comfortable I felt; how seldom I lost it and had to bail out.
Getting better: how seldom I felt out of control and almost lost it; how precise I could be on any terrain.
Once I knew how to ski: The clock, as in how fast I can go period.
Later: How fast I could go without making too many mistakes (ie notice that I'm lightly out of balance and need to recover), especially on knarly terain - how fast can I go through these moguls without getting to the point that I have to make a recovery move or force myself out of the back seat.
Also: How smooth can I make these turns? How well can I play these skis i.e. how much of a dance can I get going back and forth (as in using energy from one turn to launch the next, etc.) doing tight turns in a long series.
Mostly I just want to have fun...testing and measuring be damned!