The 2018 Ski for Light, Inc. Annual Event will be held from Sunday evening, January 21 through Sunday morning, January 28, 2018. First and second year guides will need to arrive one day early, by Saturday afternoon, January 20th, for guide orientation and training.
The 2018 Ski for Light, Inc. Annual Event will be held in the Sierra Mountains of northern California.
Getting to and From Ski for Light
Unless you are driving to Ski for Light you will want to fly into and out of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport for your trip to Ski for Light. The airport is only tem minutes by car or bus from the Nugget, the event Hotel.
The Nugget will provide free shuttle bus service from and to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
Please be sure to read the 2017 Arrival and Departure Information page for additional important information that you will need before making your travel plans.
The Event Hotel
We will be staying at the Nugget Hotel Resort in Sparks, Nevada. The Nugget is a large hotel with everything that you could ask for in an event hotel.
Meals During The Week
At Ski for Light all meals are group meals, meaning meals with a fixed
menu and in a location apart from other guests, as follows:
Breakfast each day will be at the Nugget. From Monday through Saturday breakfast is a “distributed buffet”,
which means a number of items pre set on each table, such as hard
boiled eggs, yogurt, granola, fresh fruit and similar items, for those desiring a lighter
breakfast, and two to four hot food stations that offer items such as
scrambled eggs, oatmeal or cream of wheat, which rotate
from day to day. Breakfast on the final Sunday is a continental
Lunch each day is in the Alder Creek Adventure Center at Tahoe Donner. Lunch includes hot entrees, sandwiches, soup and similar items.
Dinner each evening, also at the Nugget, is a served, plated meal. The four meal plans that are available for the week are the Standard menu plan, which includes red meat, poultry and fish, the Pescatarian menu plan, which includes eggs, dairy products and fish
as well as other sources of protein (legumes and soy) but
no red meat or poultry, and gluten free versions of both the standard and pescatarian menu plan. Attendees must choose one menu plan for the entire week, with their choice noted to the wait staff by the color of the name tag that they must wear at dinners.
The Ski Area
We will be skiing at Tahoe Donner Cross Country ski area in Truckee, California. Tahoe Donner is a world-class nordic ski area, with 100 kilometers of well groomed trails.
Cost For The Week
The total cost of the week is:
- $xxx for single-occupancy
- $xxx for double-occupancy
- $xxx for triple-occupancy
This amount includes room and all meals from Sunday evening January 21 through Sunday morning January 28, round-trip transportation between the Nugget and Tahoe Donner, all trail fees and all afternoon and evening programs and activities. Cross-country skis, boots, and poles will be provided free of charge to first-time visually-impaired participants.
The cost of transportation from home to and from Reno is the
responsibility of the participant. Partial stipends based on financial need are available for
guides and first- and second-time visually- or mobility-impaired participants. Full payment is due from all accepted applicants by December 1, 2017.
Please be aware that participants pay, on average, only 83% of their share of the total cost of each event. The remainder, amounting to $146 per person this year, must be provided by donations from individuals, organizations and foundations. We encourage anyone who is financially able to participate in our direct mail financial appeal, or to go to our donation form and make a tax-deductible contribution to SFL.
Acceptance to the Week
All applicants will learn of their application acceptance status within one to three weeks of applying. In general terms, applicants will be formally admitted quickly, in the order that they apply. It may become necessary later in the process to delay admitting additional visually- and mobility-impaired applicants if it appears that the number of guides who will be attending is not sufficient. We doubt that this will happen. But a word to the wise is to get your application in early.
While there is no formal deadline for the submission of applications, it should be anticipated that applications submitted after November 1 will be accepted only on a space available basis.
If You Are New to Cross-Country Skiing
If you have never cross- country skied before, or have minimal experience, there are two things that you need to know before applying to attend the Ski for Light, Inc. Annual Event, or before actually attending the event.
First, cross-country skiing is an aerobic activity that may not be physically appropriate for every prospective attendee. Each person who is considering cross-country skiing at the Annual Event must make his/her own personal decision about participation in this activity. To best make this decision, it is advised that each prospective participant consult with a physician, who can best inform the applicant about the risks of participation, given the individual’s medical history and physical condition. This is especially important for any applicant with any underlying medical condition, as cross-country skiing might exacerbate the effects of any such condition.
Second, once you have determined that cross-country skiing is appropriate for you, you should endeavor to get into a state of physical conditioning that will allow you to fully participate in the week’s activities. This is just common sense for anyone planning to participate in a week of physically demanding aerobic activity. To give you some suggestions on how to do this, here is a podcast describing how one SFL veteran prepares for the week.
To apply to attend the Ski for Light, Inc. Annual Event in 2018 please complete and submit the appropriate application form below.
- Guide Application for 2018
- Visually-impaired Participant Application for 2018
- Mobility-impaired Participant Application for 2018
- Worker-Bee, Companion and Guest Application for 2018
Forms for Accepted Applicants
If you have received a notification of acceptance to the 2018 Ski for Light event, please follow the links below to submit your required Waiver of Liability form, let SFL know how and when you will be travelling to and from Ski for Light, and make your event payment.
The Ski for Light Guide Handbook contains a wealth of general skiing tips, SFL-specific terminology, a standard progression of instruction for beginners, and other information to help new guides approach their first event with confidence, and to help everyone ski together more safely and enjoyably.