After learning to ski a fairly clean line in stubbies and wide in gates, I'm now learning to clear the gates in order to take a tighter line. However, I find that after clearing a few gates, I might not clear one very well. At that point my self-preservation instinct kicks in and I start to hyperforcus on the immediate gate coming towards my face--rather than seeing the line.
Presumably skiers' eyes and reflexes improve over time... how long is that transition period generally? Are there tactics I can use to speed up my eyes and get back into the game?