I kind of missed last season, I have my board setup to my stance but my biggest fear is not being totally in control and say being able to turn quick enough or stop.. I'm more inclined to taking lessons but I assume the one-on-one lessons are better but how long are they mostly?
Get lessons. A private is typically bought as a half day (3 hours) or full-day session (6 hours). They are quite expensive at the major resorts. Well worth it if you can spare the coin. The other option is to post the area you're in and folks on here may have recommendations to other ski areas that have good instructors at more reasonable prices.
That said, a group lesson will still be better than trying to figure it out on your own. If you get a group lesson outside of peak times you may even get lucky and find out you're the only one signed up.
I've never taken a lesson, but plan to do a 1 on 1 this year. The instructors are better than me , so i am sure to learn something.
The hard part is figuring out what to ask for help on. I am not interested in becoming more of park rider, but it's my obvious weaker skill. I can hit all size rails, so maybe help on hitting jumps, or more to my liking would be help hitting drop offs in a free ride setting. Can you do that in a lesson?
When I first started, I took the group lesson that came with my rental and lift ticket. It was enough to get me started, then the next season I took a private to try and overcome some blocks and bad habits. I think it worked out pretty well.
"my only interest in statistics is in not becoming one"
I taught myself several years ago. Finally last season I decided to take an "advanced" lesson at Jackson Hole. It was eye opening. I didn't realize all of the bad habits I had. And now I have to work on not resort back to those habits. If I had to do it over again I would have started off taking lessons. Every season from now on I plan on taking lessons. It's always good to have someone analyzing your riding and telling you what you could be doing differently.
Last edited by LuckyRVA; 10-27-2014 at 05:44 AM.
I second LuckyRVA. I was self-taught, and thought I was doing quite well. Then had a private lesson and found out I was doing a lot of stuff wrong. Since then I've made a point of taking one private lesson every season. Even if the instructor is mediocre, you still can get some gold out of it.