Many skiers and racers look directly in front of them rather than in a peripheral manner where they see the front and the sides.
Being in a peripheral vision mode has many advantages in sport, especially in skiing and snowboarding, both recreationally and in competition. To get into a peripheral mode, hold both of your index fingers six inches out to the sides of your head where you can see them and continue to look straight ahead while seeing both your fingers and a distant image in front. In this manner, you will see both the edges of the runs—the trees—and the slope in front of you.
It will feel quite different and it does four things:
1) Allows you to see (and feel) turns, bumps and terrain features sooner
2) Gives you much more awareness of other people
3) Relaxes you and prevents negative self-talk
4) Makes a faster speed seem slower
Give it a try and set off your peripheral vision at the start of a practice run. Maintain the vision and do a couple of runs in that mode. Then switch back to where you look directly in front of you and notice the difference. It will take practice but it’ll be worth it.Follow @sportexcel