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dinged on my exam for "looking down"...

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on Monday i took and passed my Level 1 Telemark Exam. one thing i got dinged on in a couple of the slower drills (wedge turns, wedge telemark turns, etc.) was looking down. after the first time, i made a conscious effort to look up. however i repeatedly got dinged after that?!?! my actual skiing and demos were fine... and passed those with flying colors.

on the drive home, i was thinking about it... and thought it was probably due to my helmet visor!!! i ski with an older Giro 9 which has a visor. should i ski my next exam with a hat? is a visor too distracting?!?

oh well, i guess i'll make a point of looking up more (which i definitely do when i am teaching/coaching because of other skiers o the hill)... and maybe just wear a hat instead of my helmet or at least take my visor off.
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Perhaps it is the visor - I remove the visor from my road cycling helmets because they make it hard to look up, but...

It is a common habbit of students to look down at their skis when they are concentrating hard to perform a certain task or drill. This comes from visually needing to see what they are doing in order to get instant feedback on whether they are executing the task correctly or not. I used to see this when presenting new drills to racers. Show them the drill, then ask them to do it. They almost all watch exactly what their feet are doing when performing the drill. Once a skier becomes more skilled and accustomed to doing the drills they are asked to do (not needing as much concentration to perform them correctly) they can execute them without looking at their skis. This is something that definitely takes time to develop.

Congrats on passing the exam btw, I've been considering dabbling in telemark for the last few seasons now...

Later

Greg
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It's not unusual for someone with a strong visual preference to look down at their feet to see what's going on down there. Focus on feeling what your feet are doing and look where you're going instead of looking at your feet.

Congrats on passing the exam
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Originally Posted by BillA View Post
Focus on feeling what your feet are doing and look where you're going instead of looking at your feet.
ding! i need to practice what *i*preach to my athletes that i coach. i like to have them pretend they are Jedi warriors and they need to use the Force on bad visibility days (the kids on my telemark team are 10-14 years old). looks like i should think the same way when i demo some of these drills

good stuff to keep in mind while i prep for my next exam (hopefully next month).
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