With the advent of Google Glass and the up coming VR sets, coupled with Garmin GPS pucks and Google Earth, and a few other technology advances, we may be able to have Virtual Reality slalom courses. The course would appear in the glasses of the skier and the driver could also have a display. While this may not be immediately acceptable for tournaments, it would solve the problem of skiing in open water where slalom courses do not exist. Michigan, for example, makes portable courses illegal without a Marine Event Permit. With the technology, you could ski in any suitable water and even have electronic playback. Great for practice.
As for eventual tournament use, still several things to work out even conceptually. However, this would eliminate the multiple judges and officials. The feedback lets you know immediately your score. Imagine, no more site surveys, etc.
I still don't have any hope for virtual jump, however...
With all the talk about the difficulty of tournament skiing the advancement of technology may give us an answer to slalom course access and broken ankles from hitting the ball.
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