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- 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 offers two skiing venues, cross-country and down-hill along with snowshoing and snowmobile rides at their annual winter event held in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This four day event is held the latter part of January. The cross-country area is located on Wharf Resources, a mine reclamation area, while the down-hill area is located at Terry Peak Ski Area.They welcome all blind/visually impaired individuals and mobility impaired individuals to join them and participate in these activities. All levels of experience from the individual who has never skied to the advanced skier are welcome.
They also host a summer event at Camp Bob Marshall in the beautiful Black Hills! This event includes bicycling, boating, fishing, hiking and just plain fun in the sun!
Contact: Brenda Bertrand
Ski for Light Montana was started in 1980 in the image of the volunteer organization Ski For Light, Inc.
The mission of the organization is to teach and help visually impaired adults cross country ski. The program is run in an atmosphere that encourages participants to realize that the only limitation they face is in the disability that they place in themselves.
The winter event is three days of skiing. They stay at a hotel in West Yellowstone, Montana. The area where they ski is within walking distance from the hotel. There is always an ample amount of snow in West Yellowstone. The visual impaired skier is matched up with a guide that serves as the eyes of the skier. They each have a set track to ski in at about 3 feet apart. The guide will instruct the skier in what is coming up in the trail as well as what the area around them looks like.
There also is an event in the summer called Trekk For Light Montana. This event takes place somewhere in the mountain. It also is three days when the participants go hiking or backpacking.
New England Regional Ski for Light was founded in 1977 to promote the physical fitness of visually- impaired adults. It is the mission of New England Regional Ski for Light to sponsor physically demanding sports. In the winter, we cross country ski and snowshoe; in the summer, we hike, canoe, and tandem bicycle. People who are visually impaired or blind and those who are sighted join together in a unique one-on-one partnership to learn from each other in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere of camaraderie.
There are usually two multi-day events in the winter in New Hampshire or Vermont, while summer activities vary from year to year.
Puget Sound Regional Ski for Light
Contact: Deng Kong
Telephone: 206 883-7135
The purposes and objectives of Sierra Regional Ski For Light are to introduce and promote participation in vigorous outdoor activities by blind and visually impaired persons in partnership with sighted persons. To this end we organize and conduct a regional cross-country ski program which is designed to promote physical fitness. Our ski area locations of choice have been the Tahoe Truckee area, usually at Tahoe Donner Cross Country and Tahoe Cross Country. Each year we conduct a three-day event, and usually several day trips as well.
SRSFL is primarily a cross-country ski organization, and we encourage you to take on the challenge that often comes with learning the techniques of skiing. However,some find it preferable to snowshoe, and we do have a limited number of snowshoe guides.
Facebook Page: Wisconsin Ski for Light
Contact: Marion Elmquist
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 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. The lower age limit is 15 years – Upper age: no limits! 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. The result is mutual motivation and inspiration.
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 downill 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. The guides will assist You in training and competitions. If You need more assistance, You need to bring Your own guide.
Contact: Barry Nelson, President
Telephone: 604 463-8777
Ski For Light (Canada) Inc., founded in 1978, is an outreach program of Sons of Norway, which organizes an annual event that pairs each visually impaired cross country skier with a sighted guide, for a week of skiing, training sessions, and social events.
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.
Contact: Toshiaki Aomatsu
Ski For Light Japan was founded in 1996. In January each year they conduct a three day event in Ura-bandai, Fukushima, Japan.