Originally Posted by mudfoot
I am not an instructor or coach, but your description of yourself struck a cord with me that reminded me of my ski history up until your age.
Your assessment was pretty much dead-on. I've been working on getting out of the back seat in general, and while it seems to be working on piste, I've been having some trouble off. I discovered last year that if I look between the trees for the path I want instead of at them, my skis seem to follow as if by magic. I don't do this consistently yet, but I'm working on it, and am going to continue working the tactical angle to see what else I can find there.
Originally Posted by therusty
It sounds like you're interested in improving your alpine skiing. Have you considered going free heel (telemark) instead?
Why worry about moguls if you're mountaineering? Traditional lessons and clinics/camps will help you have a lot more fun at resorts and will have some carry over to backcountry fun. But if the primary goal is transport, it's a lot more cost effective to learn tactics than to develop technique. It does not take a lot of skill to traverse. But it does suck to be the weak link in your group. We'd love to see you at ESA Stowe, but based on what you've provided so far, my recommendation is a variation of option 4: Do a NASTC backcountry course.
I did consider tele, but I don't want to give up on alpine before reaching some semblance of competence. Also, when I decided I was going to learn how to ski, I bought an AT setup with Fritschis, and it still has a lot of life left in it, despite my numerous wipeouts.
I never really thought about detaching parts of my skiing. I assumed the reason I fell over in moguls is because something was wrong with my skiing in general, so I figured it'd be good to fix it before it causes me to fall over someplace with worse consequences than heckling from the lift. Was this a poor assumption?
I like your idea of the backcountry course, and using the requisite skills list as a curriculum of sorts. I definitely don't want to be the weak link of my group. Skiing with skiers is a rare enough treat for me that I'd rather not annoy them. (all my friends are snowboarders)
I definitely haven't run out of stuff to work on by myself, so the suggestions of mileage are reassuring. I'm just at the point now where, though I don't feel anywhere close to a plateau yet, I'd like some feedback from somebody with clue who can help me correct poor habits before I engrain them any further.
Thank you for the suggestions of the PMTS books--I'll probably pick those up. I don't really care where information comes from, as long as it's useful. Is there a series of PSIA books, too? I'd be tempted to read both series and see which approach seems to get into my skull most effectively, and direct my efforts in that direction.
I greatly appreciate the suggestions from all--Now all I need to do is pull out a 5-year calendar and start figuring out how to fit them all in. :)