I live in the Midwest and I'm a good enough skier for the hills near me to be boring outside of the park, so I normally lap it all day. Thing is, I'm probably worse at the park than most people on this site, given that I've only skied a few days per year since I started. I'm not knuckling jumps like an inexperienced dad or anything, but the most I do are grabs, straight airs, etc. I do some 180s off of smaller jumps, but the last few times I tried to land switch off of a "big" jump (15-20ft lol) I ate it. I also don't do boxes or rails yet. I have done a box slide consistently before, but that was for like two laps in the Jackson Hole park after learning them on a very very low box. The next year I was too scared to do them, and so on.
I'd like to learn spins, boxes, and rails this winter, as well as some minor tricks like shifties and blunt grabs. However, I have no idea how to learn them without trying to send it, inevitably yardsaling, and going all the way back up the lift to try again. I'm well aware that to learn techniques in action sports like skiing, you need to grind them out and do them over and over again, and work your way up from the very bottom. I'm planning on going up to my local hills a lot more this winter, but I still don't know how to really get that grind in, or find rails/boxes so low that I feel confident trying to slide on them.
For spins I know you just have to try and send it, but I tried doing a 360 this past winter off of what I thought was a fine jump for it and busted my ass underrotating twice.
Can anyone help me learn to not be such a park n00b?