The Utes served as guides for blind skiers who were learning how to cross country ski.
Jan. 30, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah nordic ski team recently participated in a guiding for the visually impaired event at Mountain Dell.
The Utes served as guides for blind skiers who were learning how to cross country ski. With each Ute paired up with a skier, the team learned what cues to give their skiers to help them learn how to ski.
"I learned that it is difficult to guide blind skiers, because I am not used to thinking that they cannot see," Utah skier Noé Bellet said. "I had to change the way I talk, to use more descriptive verbs and to pay attention to every change on the ski track so my skier could be aware of it and adapt. I had a great time with my skier and I think he improved a lot during the ski session. He quickly found his balance and could ski at a faster pace compared to when we started. We were skiing in classic and he even tried to do skating!
"It seemed that everybody was very enthusiastic about going out ski and exercise. I had a good time helping them and I appreciated how excited they were to ski."