A blind skier carves arcing turns down a steep slope. He follows his guide in perfect synch, their skis only two meters apart. The guide calls rhythmic three-syllable turns, as they ski effortlessly through sudden drops, scattered trees and crowds of people. As the blind skier descends solely by voice commands and the sound of his guide's skis, he knows what it takes to attack any challenge and thrive. This confidence, built through dedication, focus and trust, is the Blind Skiers Edge.
Despite clear benefits, far fewer blind skiers have been hitting the slopes in recent years, partly due to a lack of trained ski guides. To change this, blind adventurer, Erik Weihenmayer, and his ski guide, Jeff Ulrich, have developed a pioneering new program called, Blind Skiers Edge, to promote blind skiing and educate prospective blind skiers and guides. The two have also produced an engaging film by the same name, which features their work with newly injured veterans and ski instructors to introduce their innovative techniques.
“Erik and Jeff’s guiding clinic took our visually impaired skiing program to new heights. Their techniques are sound, innovative, and easy to apply. Each day, instructors left with an “ah” factor. Their ability to teach and motivate is unrivaled. Everybody yearned for more!”
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