Originally Posted by Gavin
Also, I am right by kirkwood if that hekps at all
I ski at Kirkwood too.
There are actually lots of skiers at Kirkwood who ski in these comps. Two of them have been really successful. i.e. Josh Daiek won the overall IFSA North America title last season in only his second full season on the tour, and Craig Garbiel has been winning and placing well in these comps in North America and Europe for the past 5 years or so. Also another long-time Kirkwood skier, Zaq Rosenbloom, scored a 4th overall at the Jackson Hole comp last season just to name a few.
There is also a poster here who goes by the name Samurai who is an ex-Kirkwood skier and used to compete in the IFSA tour and did really well in them too.
So what I'm getting at is that you are lucky in that the terrain at Kirkwood lends itself well to practicing and honing 'big-mountain' type skills. Since you mention above that you are 'expert' I'm going to assume that you can ski nearly all the terrain at Kirkwood in most conditions....which is a great start.
However, transferring that skiing ability into the ability to ski lines that score well in competition
can be a learning process. Understanding the scoring system and how line score affects the other judged categories (i.e. fluidity, technique, overall, etc.) is a major part of being able to compete in these things. And most people pick this up through experience.
The top guys in the world pick lines and make turns where typically no one thinks might even be possible. Example of this: Jesse Hall's first turn in this video:
The top guys in the world ski this terrain fluidly with no hesitation. They know their lines top to bottom and have the ability roll into blind jumps and drops with out stopping or slowing down. Example of this...Josh Daiek at Kirkwood:
And the guys who win these things are typically combining both of the above elements into one amazing run. Example of this...Craig Garbiels top scoring run at Kirkwood from a few years ago:
Kirkwood is supposedly hosting an IFSA tour stop again this year. If you really think you want to give this a try you can sign up for the qualifying event which is typically held on Lookout Vista (i.e. not too gnarly) before moving over to the Cirque. Regardless of how you do, it would be a great learning experience. Keep checking www.usfreeskiing.com
as the dates for this season's tour should be announced soon.