The 39th annual Ski for Light International week will be held from Sunday evening, February 23 through Sunday morning, March 2, 2014. First- and second-year guides will need to arrive one day early, by Saturday afternoon February 22, for guide orientation and training.
The 2014 Ski for Light event will be held in Anchorage, Alaska. This will be the third SFL event held in Anchorage, following the successful events of 1999 and 2003. Anchorage is located in South Central Alaska, on the shores of Cook Inlet. It is Alaska's largest city, with a population of about 300,000 people.
Attendees of previous SFL events in Alaska were pleased to discover that Anchorage provides the ideal combination of a full-service hotel right in the heart of the city, with easy access to both the airport and great cross-country skiing. Downtown shops, museums, restaurants and nightlife surround the event hotel; the airport is only ten to fifteen minutes away; the ski area is close to the hotel, and if you are feeling adventuresome you can even choose to ski to or from the ski area on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, that connects downtown to the park.
Attendees at the 2014 event will also have the opportunity to observe the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race which begins near the Hilton on the final Saturday of the week.
If you choose to stay over after the end of the event, or fly out on a Sunday night red-eye, you could also participate in The Tour of Anchorage on Sunday March 2. Part of the longest running series of community ski races in North America, the Tour offers 25, 40 and 50 kilometer races on trails that wind through and around the city.
To learn about additional outdoor activities in the Anchorage area during the Winter, visit the Anchorage Winter Calendar.
Your trip to Ski for Light will begin with a flight to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The Anchorage airport is a busy airport, with about 240 daily flights. It is served by many different airlines, with non-stop service available from several different U.S. cities. The airport is only six miles from downtown Anchorage, and about ten to fifteen minutes from the Hilton by car or bus.
The event hotel will be the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. With about 600 rooms, the Hilton is Alaska's largest hotel, and it provides everything that we could ask for in an event hotel. There is abundant convention space for our group meals, events and activities, shops and a pub, a heated indoor pool, a well-equipped workout room, and much more.
Guest rooms at the Hilton are inviting and generously appointed with comfortable furniture including work stations with desk-level electrical outlets and complimentary high speed internet access. All rooms also feature ''The Bed by Hilton'' with luxurious top mattress sets, down comforter and plush pillows. Bathrooms feature Crabtree & Evelyn's La Source bath and body collection. Guests feel at home with the Hilton alarm clock radio with MP3 Player plug-in, freestanding hair dryer, iron and full size ironing board, and the Cuisinart single serve/ dual cup coffee maker.
Visit the Hilton website above to view images of the hotel's features.
For additional information about what the Hilton has to offer, visit the Hotel Amenities and Services page of the Hilton website.
We will ski daily at Kincaid Park. Kincaid Park is the crown jewel of cross-country skiing in Anchorage, with 60 kilometers of trails winding through 1,400 acres of parks. Nearly 20 kilometers of trails are lighted for evening skiing.
It's no surprise that Kincaid regularly host national cross country events, including the trials to select the U.S. Olympic Teams for X-C skiing and for Special Olympics; Alaska Ski for Women, the largest women-only ski race in the country; the National Masters X-C Skiing Championships; and the NCAA National X-C Skiing Championships.
The trails at Kincaid are wide and wonderfully well groomed, and meet the needs of all ability levels. Kincaid Park is also the terminus of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, which provides 11 miles of flat terrain connecting the park to downtown Anchorage.
The total cost of the week is $850 for double-occupancy or $1,175 for single-occupancy. This amount includes room and all meals from Sunday evening February 23 through Sunday morning March 2, round-trip transportation between the Anchorage airport and hotel (at designated times on specific days), round-trip transportation between the hotel and ski area each day, all trail fees, and all afternoon and evening programs and activities. All meals are group meals. Cross-country skis, boots, and poles will be provided free of charge to first-time blind/visually-impaired participants. The cost of transportation from home to and from Anchorage is the responsibility of the participant. Partial stipends based on financial need are available for guides and first-time visually- or mobility-impaired participants.
Full payment is due from all accepted applicants by December 15, 2013.
Applications for SFL 2014 are still being accepted.
Each applicant is expected to make his/her own informed decision about the advisability of participation, taking into account his/her individual overall health and the physical demands and risks of cross-country skiing and of the Ski for Light program.
If you have never before attended a Ski for Light event, or want a refresher on how the week works and what it is all about, and have not already done so, please read Information for Prospective First-Time Attendees Also please be sure to read Frequently Asked Questions from Prospective First-Time Attendees for the answers to many commonly asked questions from people who have not attended before. Then proceed to the application forms for the 2014 event below.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions carefully, as they include much information that is specific to the 2014 event. Then proceed to complete and submit your Application form. We look forward to seeing you in Anchorage.
If you have been notified by your applications coordinator that you have been accepted as an attendee for the 2014 event, you can take care of a number of items related to your attendance on the Information and Forms for Accepted Applicants page. You can make your payment online with your credit card, read, download and complete the Waiver of Liability and Emergency Data forms, sign up to lead a Special-Interest session, and let us know how and when you will be arriving in Anchorage.