Thanks for the responses!
Yeah, I know I should have listened to you. I guess I should not have trusted the Snowbird ski school that assured me repeatedly (I must have called 4 separate times) that Snowbird would have lots of terrain for me to have fun with that was not very hard. I definitely don’t agree with that.
As far as your comment on big Emma, yes, the middle part of big Emma is definitely easy, a green. However, the very top 50 feet of it can easily be classified as a black in most places (as has been commented in the thread I started and as was remarked by my Snowbird ski instructor). The next 100 yards as well as the final dip are probably closer to a blue than a green.
That is just my opinion. Obviously, I have not gone to enough resorts to stand firm on it, but it is from the point of view of a beginner.
Lastly, I don’t know what spoilers are, so I did not remove them.
The boots were probably too big, which is why I will probably get a pair of boots for next season. Yeah, an instructor helps which is why I have elected to be instructed about 80% of my time on the slopes. Unfortunately, the instruction I got in Snowbird was awful. So much so, that it destroyed the confidence of my wife and me.
Which brings me to…
I did not have anything other than a thin sock in there and I was NOT holding myself in a deep crouch UNTIL my snowbird instructor insisted that I crouched over my skies holding a C. Unfortunately, I listened to him, which may have contributed to my problems on the mountain.
As for the rest of your advice, it is vey cogent. I know that I don’t have the proper stance (partly because it has been screwed up). I am going to get a video an instructor suggested (I will post the name later) that will help me visualize the proper technique. Hopefully, that will help.
As far as my turns, they are not wedge turns, but rather parallel turns. I only use a slight wedge when I gain too much speed in a straightaway. Even then, the wedge is very slight. Mostly, I use turns to slow down.
Lastly, as I have stated, I am going to buy some boots. Peter Glenn holds a big sale in October down here in Florida, where they rent a convention center and have a bunch of bootfitters help you pick the right boot. So hopefully, this will help with a bunch of my problems (other than the fact that I suck! ;)) I am willing to pay (hopefully under $300).
The funny thing is that my Calves stopped hurting after two days and never hurt again. Maybe I just needed to get used to skiing. We will see if it happens again. I will report next year.
Edited by esumsea - 4/6/10 at 1:56pm