The 44th annual Ski for Light International Week will take place from Jan. 27 through Feb. 3, 2019, in Granby, Colo. Ski for Light organizes an annual week-long event to teach blind and mobility-impaired adults the basics of cross-country skiing. The event attracts more than 250 skiers, guides and volunteers from throughout the United States, as well as international participants. During the week, each skier is paired with an experienced, sighted cross-country skier who acts as ski instructor and on-snow guide.
Participants in the 44th annual Ski for Light International Week will ski and stay at Snow Mountain Ranch, part of the YMCA of the Rockies, located near Winter Park. Single rooms, doubles, triples and quads are available. In addition to skiing on 100 kilometers of wide and wonderfully groomed Nordic trails, participants will have the opportunity to hone their auditory laser rifle skills in a biathlon experience facilitated by the United States Association of Blind Athletes, compete in the Olav Pedersen Race/Rally, and enjoy many off-snow activities.
“I discovered Ski for Light at the 2012 event, and my life changed,” wrote skier Tim McCorcle. “Through skiing and the opportunities to work with other Ski for Light enthusiasts, I began to imagine what was possible and spent less time and energy dwelling on what I could no longer do after experiencing vision loss.”
If you have never attended what many have called “the experience of a lifetime,” please consider participating in the Ski for Light 2019 International Week.
Registration forms and pricing for skiers, guides and volunteers are now available at www.sfl.org. You can also view a brief, narrated video introduction to Ski for Light on the website. For other questions regarding the program, contact Visually Impaired Participant Recruitment Coordinator Melinda Hollands at [email protected] or call her at (231) 590-0986.
Hope to ski with you in Colorado!