Ski for Light, Inc. is loosely affiliated with nine regional organizations around the United States, which share our name, but are independent organizations. Each of them conducts winter events in its area that includes teaching and guiding visually- and mobility-impaired adults in cross country skiing. Several of the regionals offer other activities such as snowshoeing and downhill skiing. Some of them offer summer activities as well.
You do not have to live in or near a particular regional to attend its events. Many people (skiers and guides) attend events held by both SFL, Inc. and one or more of the regional organizations.
Three foreign organizations also have programs that are similar to Ski for Light.
Below is a brief description of the activities that each regional and international organization generally offer throughout the year. Included are links to their individual websites, and/or e-mail contact information, which will allow you to learn the details of their upcoming activities.
We encourage you to explore the offerings of these groups and to support their work.
- Black Hills Regional Ski for Light
- Colorado Regional Ski for Light
- Michigan Regional Ski for Light
- Montana Regional Ski for Light
- New England Regional Ski for Light
- Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Ski for Light and Sports for Health
- Puget Sound Regional Ski for Light
- Sierra Regional Ski for Light
- Wisconsin Regional Ski for Light
- Ski for Light Canada
- Ski for Light Japan
The Black Hills Regional SFL holds a 4-day long winter event in January and a 3-day summer event each year. The winter event offers both downhill and cross-country skiing. Lodging is generally at hotels in Deadwood, South Dakota and the skiing takes place at the Terry Peak Ski Area and the Wharf Resources Area. Evening activities are centered in this historic western town.
The summer event is usually at Camp Bob Marshall, located in the heart of the Black Hills, six miles east of Custer on the northeast shore of Bismarck Lake. Trout fishing, biking, canoeing and kayaking, and swimming on Bismarck Lake, are key recreational activities. Housing is in one room cabins with bunk beds.
The Colorado Regional SFL generally holds two 1-day skiing events (in December and January) at the Frisco Nordic Center in Frisco, Colorado and a 3-day, week-end event in February at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado.
The Michigan Regional SFL holds an annual cross country skiing event at Higgins Lake, Michigan. Lodging is at the Ralph A. MacMulllen Conference Center in Roscommon.
The event is generally scheduled for the third weekend in January.
The Montana Regional SFL holds an annual 3-day event in West Yellowstone, Montana. The hotel where attendees stay is within walking distance of the ski trails.
They also hold a hiking event each summer in the Belt mountains, called Trek for Light. Participants stay in a rented cabin on the Yogo creek, with many opportunities for hiking close by.
The New England Regional SFL holds two weekend events each year. These events include snow shoeing as well as cross country skiing. One event is a 4-day weekend event with lodging and skiing at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. The other is a 3-day event with lodging at the Wayside Inn in Bethlehem, New Hampshire and skiing at either the Bretton Woods or Bear Notch Ski area.
They also offer summer events which vary each year, but are generally 1 or 2-day trips and can include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, tandem biking, and nature walks throughout southern New England.
This group operates as one organization, but calls its winter program “Ski for Light” and its summer program “Sports for Health.”
After hosting some recent events at new locations, the group is returning to hold both its winter and summer programs at Land of the Vikings, in Sherman, Pennsylvania.
The winter program is a week long event. For 2017, it will be held from February 19 – 26 at Land of the Vikings. The program will be held rain, shine, or, hopefully, snow. Activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, indoor shuffleboard tournament, indoor board games, dancing, and sing-a-longs. We also have a no-talent Talent Show at the end of the week. All are invited to participate. For more information contact:
Guides – Ken Mullen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants (blind and visually impaired) – Ed Kenlon –
The summer program is also a week long event. For 2017 it will also be held at Land of the Vikings from July 23 – 30. Activities include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, tandem biking, swimming (pool), horseback riding (additional cost), pistol shooting/marksmanship. Yes, both the sighted guides and visually impaired participants use a standard pistol with live ammo. Evening activities include board games, trivia, dancing, sing-a-longs, and the no-talent Talent Show at the end of the week. All are invited to participate. For more info contact:
Guides – Joan Chelsen – email@example.com
Participants (blind and visually impaired) – Sig Kay –
or Donna Goodman – firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail Deng Kong for information about Seattle day trips:
E-mail Nancy McKinney Milsteadt for information about the Methow event: email@example.com
Puget Sound Regional SFL conducts as many as six Saturday day-trips during January, February and March from Seattle via chartered bus to Trollhaugen Sons of Norway Lodge, Erling Stordahl Snow Park, Stampede Pass, Washington.
In addition, the group hosts a five-day event during January in the Methow Valley of Central Washington, near Winthrop, Washington. The Methow Valley is home to 200 kilometers of groomed ski trails. Housing is at one of many sites in downtown Winthrop.
The Sierra Regional Ski for Light holds a 3-day event in early March and a single day-trip per month in January, February, and April. Most of the events are at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center, in Truckee, California.
Their primary activity is cross country skiing, but they have a limited number of guides available for snowshoeing.
The Sierra Regional SFL also has an annual 3- or 4-day summer/fall hiking weekend that takes place in August or September, usually in the Lake Tahoe area.
The Wisconsin Regional SFL has been active for more than 30 years, but in recent years has run into problems due to lack of snow and participation. They have taken time out for now, and are inviting anyone interested to contact them about ways to continue the program into the future.
Ridderrennet is the worlds largest annual winter sports week for people who are visually impaired or disabled, and is the program upon which Ski for Light, Inc. is modeled. Erling Stordahl started the first Ridderrenn in 1964, with 57 participants, and it was only for blind skiers. Today, we have a full week of skiing activities and competitions, for all classes of visually and mobility disabled persons.
Each year we have 450 – 500 disabled skiers from many countries participating in different competitions at Beitostølen. We are proud of the fact that both beginners and paralympic medal winners find this week attractive and challenging.
Beitostølen is known for its outstanding skiing facilities. You train and compete biathlon and cross country skiing in the adapted ski tracks at the Beitostølen Health Sport Center. The downhill and snowboard training and competitions are in the OLAlift.
Our guides are students from different colleges in Norway. The assignment and training of guides are governed by the Norwegian School of sport sciences.
Ski for Light, Inc. sends a team of skiers and guides to the Ridderrenn each year as representatives of the organization. In addition, many others from SFL join the group each year on their own. For more information about joining the SFL group contact Marion Elmquist at
Contact Barry Nelson, President
Telephone: 604 463-8777
Ski For Light (Canada) Inc. is an outreach program of Sons of Norway. Each year a six-day event is held in Western Canada, and the size of the group is usually about 50 skiers and 50 guides.
Ski For Light Japan conducts a three day event in January in Ura-bandai, Fukushima, Japan.
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