Ski For Light Canada
Cross-Country Skiing Beyond Disability
Ski for Light Canada matches blind and visually impaired cross-country skiers with sighted guides at our annual event.
Ski for Light Canada 2023 will be Feb 6-12 in Kananaskis, Alberta.
To host a welcoming and accessible annual event that provides an opportunity for blind and visually impaired adults to experience cross-country skiing in Canada. We value community, teamwork and the sense of accomplishment achieved by all participants.
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What is the Ski For Light Canada Event?
Each February, Ski for Light Canada hosts a week-long cross-country ski event in either Saskatchewan, Alberta or British Columbia. At the event, blind and visually impaired adults are paired for the week with a sighted cross-country skier who acts as a guide. The blind or visually impaired person skis in tracks groomed into the snow, while the guide skis in a parallel set of tracks. The guide provides directions, skiing tips, as well as support and encouragement. The event incorporates lots of skiing, fun and social opportunities.
The week culminates with 2.5km, 5km or 10km races followed by an awards banquet. Medals are presented to the race winners in various categories.
Skiers and guides form strong bonds and friendships and discover that being blind or visually impaired does not need to be a barrier to accomplishing goals, on or off the snow.
As a blind or partially sighted skier, you will be paired up for the week with a guide. No previous skiing experience is required, guides are responsible and supportive, happy to instruct beginners. You meet on the first night and discuss what you hope to do and how you want to work together. You ski as much or as little as you want. Your guide accompanies you on the trails and is also often available to help out and socialize at meals. You will gain a sense of accomplishment and an opportunity to participate in a fun outdoor activity.
Guiding is a rewarding commitment. You will be paired for the week with a blind or visually impaired skier. The match will be based on mutual ability and other factors. This pairing is necessary to form the bond of trust, communication and clarity that is so important for a blind or visually impaired skier to feel safe and have fun during the week. Some skier-guide partnerships have lasted 15 years, while some guides enjoy the fun of guiding someone new each year. There is an opportunity for guides to do some skiing on their own or in groups on the free day.
“Ski for Light Canada is an inclusive event with great skiing, games and parties. It is an opportunity to participate at any level. It is a stellar event.”
Sandy Lecour, Skier