Watching Marmot_mb's videos and reading his descriptions of his technical problems was creepy. Creepy because I felt like I was looking into a mirror. I am also self taught, same desire to launch myself into places I am not qualified to ski, and had developed many of the same problems. Arm waving, backseat skiing and no balance. Also thought total exhaustion was part just oart of the game. I finally had had enough and signed up for a PMTS "All Mountain Camp" last season. I considered Epic's but I live within easy driving distance of A-Basin.
Short story, my skiing was transformed in 4 days. I came out the camp able to ski literally, twice as long before tiring. My skiing before was so out of whack that I was burning my legs out in a couple of runs, fighting myself to get down the mountain is the best way I can describe it. I alos discovered what a real carved turn felt like, and the control that sprang from that improved my confidence and made skiing a whole lot more fun. I am going back again this year and will probably do the whole alignment, boot tune deal.
At any rate I went from a guy that thought lessons were for weenies to a camp junkie. What an idiot I was...... so many unnecessary bruises and contusions.