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Where am I and where do I go from here?

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I'm reposting this. I thought it might get more responses in here. I've edited it a little. I'm 24 y/o.

I have been a VERY casual skier for about 8 years now. I live in Kentucky and haven't really had many friends who skied until recently. I go skiing around 6-10 days a year, sometimes a few more if I'm really lucky. At the two closest hills (Paoli and Perfect North in Indiana) I have no trouble with the blues and blacks (though I realize they aren't the same in Indiana as they would be anywhere else). I can go down them as fast as the hill will let me and can stop with no problems. I have experienced moguls (with little success) but I don't really know how or what I'm after when I go down them. The closest hill, Paoli really doesnt have any. I can go through the tree lined slope at Perfect North with no problems really. And since last season I have been spending more time in the terrain parks. I can land any jump, but don't really try anything fancy. The boxes, picnic tables, and really wide rails don't give me any problems. The "normal" sized rails cause quite a few bruises. Last year I finally bought a pair of ski's and that has made me go more often. My question is on the standard 9 level scale, where would I be? Also, the technical jargon on most sites leaves me clueless, but I'm eager to learn. I'm better and can do more than any of my friends I've skied with, but I don't have any clue how this relates overall.

Also, where would you go from here? I'm very anxious to go to a real resort either this season or next (Snowshoe is the only place I have been besides Paoli or Perfect North). I'm starting to think a lesson would help me, because right now I'm completely self taught. The problem is, I don't know what kind of lesson or level I would be, I also have no clue how to go about it. I know that I love the terrain parks and would love to do more of that kind of thing. I have no idea if they have those kind of courses or what kind of questions to ask. I also would love to learn the moguls. Thanks in advance for your help and any advice is greatly appreciated. If there is any literature, links, etc. where I can read and learn some jargon, those would be greatly appreciated as well.
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Hi Jim, and welcome to Epic!

On the 1 through 9 level scale, where 1 is a "never ever" skier and a 9 is skiing any terrain, any time with any snow (expert), If you can ski the most difficult terrain at the areas you ski at frequently, with control and skis parallel, you could be a solid 7. If your skis are in a slight wedge as you start your turns on the harder terrain, you would be closer to a 6.

I suggest you tell the ski school that you are an intermediate, to advanced intermediate skier. That way you will get the fundamentals of parallel skiing and sence you have never had a lesson, it would be of great benefit to you. Also, it would be of benefit to take a series of lessons over the cource of the winter (and each winter) and then you can start to focus of bump lessons, park and pipe, and steeps.

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