Ski For Light Canada FAQs

2023 Event Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Is the skier and guide partnership for the entire week?

Care is given to the matches between skier and guide. So, most pairings last for the duration of the event, but any number of reasons might result in temporarily or permanently switching out a ski partner.

2. Who does the matching of skier and guide?

Some skiers come as a team. Singletons are matched up according to ability and shared goals. For instance, an experienced guide might take on the challenge of helping a new, blind skier take their first gliding steps on cross country skis.

3. What is the accommodation like?

We are staying at William Watson Lodge this year. It is nestled in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, far away from hustle and bustle. It is a truly amazing location and is designed to be completely accessible. You will be assigned to stay in one of the state-of-the-art cabins. Each cabin houses about 6 people. The common areas include a lounge area, bathroom,working gas fireplace and complete, fully operational kitchen.

4. Will I have to share a room?

Generally, yes. There are two single beds per room. In some cases a double bed is available that can sleep two.

5. Do I make my own meals?

No! We are lucky to have retained the services of an excellent caterer who will serve up three meals every day in the William Watson main lodge.  You will walk there from your nearby cabin and have a chance to enjoy the very clean, very fresh air and beautiful scenery.

6. How will I find my way around?

Don’t worry, there’s always somebody to help. There are railings to assist with navigation in the outdoor areas.

7. Is there anywhere to buy snacks or recreational beverages like beer?

No. We recommend that you purchase and bring snack foods with you. And, if there is anything special you like to drink, you can store it in the refrigerator in your cabin. Remember that you will be sharing a kitchen and lounge areas, so make sure your personal items are labelled in a way that identifies them as yours. Tactile devices like rubber bands around bottles or puffy stickers on boxes work well.

8. How do I get to William Watson Lodge?

People who arrive by air usually land at Calgary International Airport. Volunteer drivers will pick you up and take you to the nearby Scandinavian Centre in Calgary. When everyone has arrived, we will take a bus to William Watson Lodge in Kananaskis. (Detailed information about transportation and transfers is supplied in your registration confirmation).

9. What does a day’s schedule look like?

Each morning everyone gathers at the main lodge for a hearty breakfast. It is important that you attend because essential announcements are delivered before everyone departs for their skiing activities. Information about the temperature, trail conditions, daily entertainment and much, much more are topics that will be discussed. This will be your chance to ask any questions, voice concerns and get the low-down before you start the day.

10. Are the meals delivered to us at the table?

No. Meals are served buffet style. It is common for participants to have meals with different people every night. It’s a great way to meet everyone and to make new friends. Don’t worry, there’s always somebody to help.

11. What does my registration fee include?

Your registration fee includes the following: 6 nights accommodation, all meals, including Monday night’s meal on February 6 and a light breakfast on departure day (February 12), and cross-country ski passes for the duration of the event.

12. What is extra?

Transportation is not included.

13. Can I rent cross country skis?

Yes. Arrangements can be made beforehand. A fee will apply.

14. Is WIFI available?

William Watson Lodge has state of the art accommodation, but it prefers to remain a bit off the grid. There is scanty cell coverage. Limited WIFI is available in the main lodge where meals and activities take place.

15. If I’m staying in a cabin what do I do about bed linen & towels?

Most participants bring bedding or a sleeping bag along with a sheet to cover the mattress, as well as a towel for personal use. If you want to rent a sleeping bag, that is available through the on-line registration.

16. I am thinking about coming to the event with my guide dog. Is there anything I should know before I make that decision?

Every year guide dog users attend Ski for Light Canada. Because the cabins are so close to the trails, most dogs remain in the cabin and have a snooze while their handler is skiing. Dogs must be leashed at all times when they are outside of the cabin. This is to ensure the safety of both the guide dog and any natural wildlife in the nearby environment and it is absolutely imperative that you keep the area clean. Bring and use your poo bags. Please note that it can get very cold in Kananaskis. Bring booties for your guide dog and be aware that this is a wilderness area. Do not let your dog run free. If you have questions or concerns send an email to lizhurdman@gmail.com

“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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