Ski For Light Canada Upcoming Events

Cross-Country Skiing Beyond Disability

Our Upcoming Annual Event:

Feb. 7 - 13, 2022

Kamloops, B.C.

When is Ski For Light Canada 2022?

Monday February 7 to Sunday February 13, 2022

COVID Considerations

The global management of the situation is evolving daily.
The 2022 Ski For Light Canada event will be conducted following the latest federal, provincial, and local health authority requirements and guidelines, including those of the Interior Health Authority of B.C.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT PROOF OF VACCINATION IN ORDER TO USE HOTEL FACILITIES.

Participants will be notified of the latest requirements upon registration and will be promptly notified by email if there are any significant changes to these requirements and guidelines.

Limited Registration

This year we will have a limit of 50 participants, (25 skiers and 25 guides) so make sure that you sign up early as it will be on a first-come first-served basis. Registration will be done through the Zone4 button link posted throughout our website. Registration will open on October 15, 2021.

Where are we staying?

We have reservations at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre in Kamloops B.C. The hotel has a swimming pool and hot tub for your apres-ski enjoyment and meals will be served on site in one of the large meeting rooms in the hotel.

The hotel has dog-friendly rooms on the ground floor with easy access to the outside for those of you who will be travelling with your four footed friends. At this point, we are not sure whether there will be anywhere to leave your dogs at Stake Lake while we will be skiing.

Where are we skiing?

We will be enjoying the Stake Lake ski trails. There are 60 kilometers of expertly groomed trails and we will have a course laid out with double tracking. We may be doing the races a little differently due to the high volume of ski traffic on the weekends but we will sort that out a bit closer to the event and let you know what we have planned.
At this point, we are not sure whether there will be anywhere to leave your dogs at Stake Lake while we will be skiing.

How to Get There

Kamloops has an International airport with flights arriving from many major centers. Ebus now has scheduled bus service between Vancouver and Kamloops with departures from Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station twice daily, arriving in Kamloops approximately 4 hours 45 minutes later.

Fees

The fees for the Stake Lake event will be set at $950 for skiers and $920 for guides due to the higher cost of hotel events. Ski For Light Canada is still subsidizing part of the event.
For those of you who might find this fee precludes your participation in the event, Canadian participants can apply for financial assistance to subsidize up to half of their registration fee (depending on the number of applicants). Should you need to apply for financial assistance, please submit your application by end of day on September 15. All applications received by this date will be considered and applicants will be notified of their status before registration opens. Any applications received after September 15 will be considered if funds are still available.

The Venues

The events are held in Western Canada. All venues are blind friendly. Trails are always double tracked so that skiers and guides can ski side by side.

Events are often held at William Watson Lodge, a barrier-free, wilderness lodging for persons with disabilities. It is situated in beautiful Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, overlooking Lower Kananaskis Lake. The goal of this facility is to connect people of all abilities, all ages and all cultures to recreational opportunities in nature

When not held at William Watson Lodge, the event is held in a more conventional resort where accommodations are in a fully equipped hotel with a short bus ride to and from the skiing area each day.

William Watson Lodge
William Watson Lodge
William Watson Lodge

Past Ski for Light Canada Events

2021 – canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
2020– Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2019– Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge. Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) produced a video of this event.
2018– Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2017 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
During the event, “Accessible Media Inc.” did some video-recording for broadcast on AMI TV.
2016 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2015 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Sun Peaks
2014 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2013 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake
2012 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2011 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake
2010 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2009 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2008 – Vernon, British Columbia, at Sovereign Lakes
2007 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2006 – West Bank, Kelowna, British Columbia
2005 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, assisted by Valhalla Lodge No. 4 – 341, liaison by Brian McIvor
2004 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake, assisted by Overlander Ski Club, liaison by Tor Ring
2003 – Castlegar, British Columbia, at Mud Lake, assisted by Nordic Lodge No. 76, Castlegar Nordic Ski Club, Blackjack Ski Club, Rosalind, liaison by Erik Knudsgaard
2002 – Red Deer Alberta at Heritage Ranch, assisted by Parkland Cross country Ski Club and Aspelund lodge No.51, liaisons by Mark and Ruby Eunier
2001 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, at Holiday Park, assisted by Saskatoon Blind Skiers Club, liaison by Judy Prociuk
2000 – Kelowna British Columbia, at McCulloch Lake, assisted by Kelowna Nordic Ski Club, liaison by Pete Christensen
1999 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, liaison by Ross Watson
1998 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake, assisted by Stake Lake Ski Club, liaison by Tor Ring
1997 – North Battleford, Saskatchewan, at White Tail Resort. Combined event with Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers, liaison by Pat Prokopchuk.
Events after 1996 are hosted by the Ski for Light Board with assistance as listed.
1996 – Castlegar, British Columbia, at Mud lake, by Nordic lodge No. 7 – 76
1995 – Edmonton, Alberta, at Waskehegan Staging area, by Solglyt Lodge No. 4 – 143
1994 – North Battleford, Saskatchewan, at Finlayson Island, by Nisse Lodge No. 4 – 567
1993 – Victoria, British Columbia, at Mount Washington, by Eidsvold Lodge No. 7 – 53
1992 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, by Fjellsyn Lodge No. 4 – 591 Olds and Aspelund Lodge No. 4 – 571
1991 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, by Valhalla Lodge No. 4 – 341
1990 – North Battleford, Saskatchewan, at Finlayson Island, by Nisse Lodge No. 4 – 567
1989 – Castlegar, British Columbia, at Castlegar Golf Course, by Nordic Lodge No. 7 – 76
1988 – Vernon, British Columbia, at Silver Star, by Sol Land Lodge N0. 7 – 121
1987 – Prince George, British Columbia, at Silver Wing, by Rondane Lodge No. 7 – 71
1986 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, by Brubyen Lodge No. 4 – 576
1985 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake, by Leif Erikson Lodge No. 7 – 93
1984 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, by Valhalla Lodge No. 4 – 341
1983 – Victoria, British Columbia, by Eidsvold Lodge No. 7 – 53
1982 – Edmonton, Alberta, by Solglyt Lodge No. 4 – 143
1981 – Vancouver, British Columbia, but cancelled due no snow, by Sliepner Lodge No. 7 – 8
1980 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, by Nisse Lodge No. 4 – 567
1979 – Calgary, Alberta, by Valhalla Lodge No. 4 – 341
1978 – Castlegar, British Columbia, at Nancy Green Lake, by Nordic Lodge No. 7 – 76
The first Ski For Light Canada event was hosted by Nordic Lodge No. 76 (Sons of Norway) and held in Castlegar, British Columbia, before Ski for Light Canada was officially formed.

“Attending Ski for Light Canada gives me a big mid-winter boost with all the fresh air and exercise followed by relaxed socializing. Ski for Light Canada is well organized and attended by friendly and supportive people.”

Chris White, Skier

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