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Hooked! Time for another lesson?

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Hi all!
I've been lurking and doing a bunch of reading. Great community! As a brief introduction, I'm 43 and grew up spending my youth (the cold half of each year, anyway) in the West Indies, so never got much of a chance to ski. Then in college I blew out my knee playing rugby, had the full ACL reconstruction, and ever since have always wanted to learn to ski but was too afraid.

Fast forward to 2010...we (my wife is a nifty upper-intermediate skier) have three daughters (6,9,9) who all started lessons towards the end of last year. Just couldn't stand it any longer! I wanted to get on the mountain and enjoy it with the family, so about a month ago I went to Crotched (our local spot) for a lesson and day of skiing. It was a beautiful blue-bird Tuesday, temps in the high 20's, no wind, nobody on the slopes, great snow, and group lesson with nobody else. It was like crack! The instructor was great, spent some time on all the basics, then to the bunny hill, and finally up the lift to a nice little green that skirts the edge of the hill. Waited too long getting off the lift and caught my first air! After the lesson was over, I spent the day skiing that run with my wife and a couple friends and had a blast! Fell a couple times, but it was nothing like falling on ice, (just started skating a couple years ago) and I think I really needed to fall to get over some knee-fear.

Since then I've gone back with the kids to Crotched once and Pat's Peak once. My instructor gave me a lot of stuff to work on and keep in mind and I'm moving away from the "reaching" wedge turns towards parrallel turns. I feel very comfortable on the greens, except on the occassional steeper sections when they're really crowded (that first day spoiled me.) Hardest thing to get over is the tendency not to lean back on the steeper portions...it's just soooo counter-intuitive to one's natural reaction, isn't it. I do notice as the day progresses, I start to "feel" it more and don't need to think about it so much. Then usually when my a$$ is in the back seat (as my instructor kept yelling) I realize my hands have dropped back. Correcting that usually provides immediate relief.

Realistically, I'll probably just have time to ski 4-6 more times this season (including a trip to Quebec city and Mont-Ste-Anne). I'm in no rush and I see my future on the groomers and being very happy and content there.(Maybe that will change, but the bumps just look painful) So, other than saying hello with this never-ending post, I guess I'm wondering if I should take another lesson or just keep working on what I've learned up to now? Towards the end of our last day out, I was feeling good about my turns, but did notice a little tip crossing, probably because of a lazy uphill leg. I was starting to correct that, but then the girls' toes were all freezing and we opted to leave. Maybe just ski the rest of this season working on the basics and hit another lesson at the beginning of next year with an eye towards getting on some blues, soon thereafter?

If you made it this far down the post....thanks a bunch! This really is some bad, hook-ya stuff. I find myself downloading trailmaps and drifting off to the slopes in my spare time....
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I've been sliding downhill on skis since 1945.  I've been teaching skiing full-time since 1970.  I've been LIII certified since 1974.  I've spent about 100 hours in clinics so far this season.

You can't take too many lessons.

A followup to your original lesson the next time you go probably will help prevent self-learned bad habits for the remainder of the season.
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andyaxa, Welcome to our world now your world  and welcome to Epic.

Obviously Kneale knows his stuff and is right on lessons.  The other point is to try and ski 2 or 3 days in a row.   This will really help your confidence, memory retention of what you've learned and a great start of learning muscle memory.  It is suprising how much better you will ski after the 2nd or 3rd day of consecutive day skiing.

Welcome to Epic and the beginning of an endeavor and sport that can last your entire life.
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Thanks! Maybe I'll try to get in a lesson before our trip up to Quebec. I hear what you're saying about bad habits, and after only being out three times I see too how the muscle/motor-skill memory thing is. Seems like half the day is spent just getting back to the "feel" I had at the end of the previous outing. Day three "recovery" was a little quicker than day two...couple days in a row will help for sure. I noticed this same thing learning to skate (which I don't do well at all, but have fun with the girls)
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