Ski For Light Canada Races
Cross-Country Skiing Beyond Disability
At the end of the week-long Ski for Light Canada event, there is an optional race in which most skiers participate. Skiers may choose to race in the 2.5km, the 5km or the 10km races. Men and women race in separate categories and all competitors need to be classified. Classification is an assessment process that separates athletes with similar levels of visual ability into groups, so that participants can compete in a fair and equitable way. While some sports specifically do not allow a guide, cross-country skiing requires one.
At Ski for Light Canada, races are for fun with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded for the best times in the different categories.
We don’t race in temperatures below -20°C, as per Nordiq Canada’s race rule 315.9, “If the temperature is below -20°C, measured at the coldest point of the course, a competition will be postponed or cancelled.”
Ski for Light Canada – Vision Classifications
The vision classifications were first created by the International Blind Sports Association in the 1970s. There are three medical based Paralympic classifications for blind sports:
B1: No light perception in either eye up to light perception, and an inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.
B2: From ability to recognize the shape of a hand up to visual acuity of 20/600 and/or a visual field of less than 5 degrees in the best eye with the best practical eye correction.
B3: From visual acuity above 20/600 and up to visual acuity of 20/200 and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees and more than 5 degrees in the best eye with the best practical eye correction.
“Ski for Light introduced me to the most freeing, incredible sport imaginable. There is nothing that compares to the feeling of my body gliding across the snow. This is accomplished through a partnership with my guide that requires absolute trust in both of our abilities. We make skiing a team sport.”
Dave Wilkinson, Skier