For the last 15 years I've only managed to make, at most, 1 trip per season to the mountains. This year I put in 8. The bug finally bit... albeit just a little late (I pissed away the days when there weren't kids, etc to worry about!).
Every year it felt like I spent half the day getting a feel for the sport again, then it was time to leave... very little progression over that time.
I finally got up the courage to hit blacks this season... turns out, especially on the East Coast, they aren't that big of a deal. Shortly after, I learned, thanks mostly to this forum and Snowolf's videos, that I wasn't turning properly. I got to put that info to use during my last 5 days of riding.
I've seriously progressed. I plan on taking a 1on1 lesson next season to get some feedback on my form and hopefully move even further forward. I won't say I'm doing it all exactly right, but I feel like I've improved 1,000% since my first day out this season (and the last 15 years!). I went from side-slipping some blues to almost bombing down blacks (at least riding them with zero side-slipping!).
Also, thanks again in part to this forum, I got my wife into the sport. She gave it a try 5 years ago and busted her butt to the point of tears. I was clueless then... I could make it down the hill but I couldn't have shown her what to do, especially not properly. It's all my fault but no one taught me how to traverse, do garlands, etc. I was able to start fresh with her and by her 3rd day out (which equates to maybe 8 hours total) she was linking turns pretty well. She wasn't flying by any means, but she was in control.
So yea... I feel like, after all of these years, I finally progressed in the sport. 8 days doesn't seem like a lot... but it was for me. I got a late start too
Next year should be interesting...
A bit long-winded