"I think I'm doing it right, but it doesn't feel right." That's great. That's what change feels like.
This could be one of the best vacation weeks in years to upgrade your skiing. The snow is fantastic and the forecast is wonderful. Head to your favorite ski school, invest in your enjoyment of the sport, and take your skiing to the next level with a lesson or a race clinic.
Your coach or instructor will most likely have you change how you do something on your skis, and this change will feel awkward and maybe even silly. Embrace the awkward and silly "feel" of your new moves, because they very likely represent an improvement. You don't look silly, but it sure feels that way.
Remember the rule of change: if your instructor tells you to exaggerate something, and you do it twice as much as you think you should, you will likely do it half as much as you actually should.
So, what will it be? Skiing in the bumps? Skiing in the trees? Learning to ski a steeper trail than you have before? You can do it, and the changes you make will not feel "right" for a while. Hang in there, and make those new moves your own. There's nothing you can't do on skis if you are willing to replace your old familiar moves with some new ones.
Remember, best advice of all, take a lesson or attend a race clinic. You'll have a great time and improve your time.
John Macdonald is a Level III Certified PSIA Instructor and is a Race Team Coach at King Pine Ski Area. You can email questions to John at firstname.lastname@example.org.