Originally Posted by aareses
I have some questions for you (and others) too:
1) How am I doing for 60 days on the snow?
2) Can you see big changes in my skiing from days 40, 50, 60?
3) What things am I doing well?
4) What major mistakes am I making?
5) What are the top 3 things I could do to most dramatically improve my skiing and take things to the next level?
1) With your athleticism: fair
2) Nothing very significant
3) You are decently centered over the skis.
4) You are static laterally.
5a) Ski with more movment
5b) Learn more movements
5c) Challenge your balance
The issues as I see them are that you are an intently motivated guy, and you are inexperienced. I get the sense that you'd prefer to spend a lot of time on the slopes with an instructor.
There is nothing wrong with doing this, if you can afford it. But eventually, you'll have to cut the chord, and figure this game out on your own -- independently. No one can ski for you.
So, what you need MOST of all is mileage. The right sort of mileage, and a coherent model of skiing in your head. Not just a pile of disconnected directives.
I was concerned when you posted all the things that you were attempting to acheive in your skiing at the end of the 60 day video. Honestly, I cannot imagine thinking that much -- I'd be completely paralysed.
I can manage to focus on only one thing per run. I cannot do any more than that.
So, to give you a way to afford direction and have it available at any hour, I will suggest that you look at a text written by Harald Harb, called "The Essentials of Skiing". It's inexpensive and outlines a very small number of essential movements as well as drill progressions to establish those movments in your skiing. Without question, following this text will improve your skiing, as it replaces the many directives you were juggling with a manageable set.
[Can you believe I am recommending this?
Given your apparently insatiable desire to learn, and what you do for a living, this text based approach sounds like it could be a very good fit. It could well become an invaluable aid to your quest towards good skiing. I believe that with your motivation, your improvements from days 40-60 would have been truly remarkable by restricting your focus to a small set of very effective, direct and clear movement patterns.
So in effect, what I am suggesting is a strict disciplined, and some might say limited, approach to learning to ski.
I rarely suggest this approach here, since Harald Harb and Epic mix as about as well as oil and water.
I represent neither PMTS nor Epic/PSIA or wish either of them harm. I have simply found that particular text to be an excellent tool for instruction. Time spent learning the suggested movements will not be time wasted. Call this part of 5b.