I don't have a video camera. I don't have access to one either. If anyone of you all nearby me have a video camera, and would like to record a run or two for me, that would be great.
It doesn't hurt to try asking for a freebie. You never know, afterwards I might take more from the instructor(paying). As I said in the past. I have had nothing but poor luck with the instructors I have been grouped with at the places I have skied at. Some examples:
First time ever skiing. Had a hour and a half wait for the group to start. So, my friends took me on the noobie hill, and taught me the wedge, and and turning using the wedge. Before starting the wedge they did show me how to get around. I used to play ice hockey, so I basically just picked up skating right away. The duck walk was just to slow. And, side stepping the same. I forget what else they showed me, but basically 3/4 of what was being taught in my very first class. After 30 minutes in the class, I realized I wasn't picking anything up. The instructor from when we started any exercise was always saying I was doing good from the first try. I had told him my friends had gave me some lessons during my first hour and a half waiting for class. SO, of course his thought is "Your friends taught you, so it's not right!" After 15 more minutes, I left the class, and waited at the lift for my friends. Of course, right away I gave up the wedge, and tried to emulate what my friends were doing. Yes, I picked up bad habits.
A year later, and maybe I had been out 5 times to the mountain after my first time the season before. I took another lesson. I could feel things were not right. This instructor now, kept trying to get me to do his exercises. Well, he is telling me what to do, and showing me, but I just can not see what he is trying to show me to do. His explanations were horrible of what I was supposed to be doing. After a whole hour of a private lesson, learning nothing, he tells me to keep practicing. Practicing what?
At this point I skied for years beack to emulating my friends. Which seemed to help me the most, following. And when I wasn't doing it right, my friends would kind of break down what they were doing exactly. It wasn't the best instruction, but it helped.
After a hiatus from skiing, and back to skiing after seeing if I liked snowboarding, and almost killed myself, I got back on the ski horse. Why I left, and why I tried something different, I do not know.
Now, I have a new pair of skis, and they are shaped. So, I took a private lesson to learn how to use them. I did not feel any difference. So, the instructor helped me. First good experience, but his schedule is just to far off from my ski schedule.
I decided now that I am understanding how the shaped skis are being used, I tried out to a group class. Private is just so expensive. By the end of this lesson, I had gone from being able to comfortably go down any intermediate, and easier advanced trails, to feeling out of control, unstable, and a mass loss of confidence. I went back to my way, but what really took away my trust in the ski schools is the fact that I had actually LOST confidence. What's better, to be able to look down an advanced slope, and feel comfortable getting down my way, or looking down and feeling anxiety, and no way Im going down that, and actually not going down with my friends.
So, back to the beginning of this. I am sort of looking for a freebie. I want to find a good instructor/coach. Not liberty, nor whitetail(my local mountains, that I can go to after work, or if I have a few hours to kill) would give me my money back, or even a discount off of my next lesson, or a freebie. I must say while I agree friends shouldn't be the source of learning because they are not properly trained to give great instruction, I have learned so much more, and became so much more confident with them. Last season I started gaining back some of my confidence. But, I could not be more angry that ANY ski instructor could actually take away my confidence.
I would rather ski with less in my arsenal, slower, under what I perceive as control(even if not correct form), then to not ski down something at all. I am sure the correct form, and proper tuning of my skills will boost confidence, and enjoyment. But, why keep wasting so much money trying to find the one good instructor at a ski school?
Thanks for listening.