When I skied with you, I didn't know what the key ideas could be for an adult advanced beginner. Having learned the basics in middle school, there are some skills that I don't remember how I learned them.When you and I skied together I really didn’t know what that meant. Now after some lessons at Cochran’s I finally do! So crucial.
In January, I did a 2-hour semi-private lesson with my friend, JF, who starting skiing when her kids started (ages 4 and 6) about eight years ago. Also included her son who is an advanced skier by now after ski school at Massanutten and Alta. We worked with Walter (L3, 30+ years experience), who I started working with in 2013. We did a progression of drills covering fundamentals the first hour. Observing JF and her son was really helpful to me. What I understood about what he was trying to teach JF was far more than when I first worked with him. Later on during a different ski trip to Massanutten, I was skiing with a tween who also started with ski school. Reminding her to slow down by going uphill and leading her on the easy blue was the way to make sure her turning skills were solid enough to take up to the top to enjoy the empty Lift 6 and the two black trails (blue in the northeast).
For me, leading my friends was a great way to practice going slow on a groomer.