Registration for the 2019 event is now open!
Ski for Light Canada Inc. is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization for blind and visually impaired skiers. It was founded in 1978, modelled on Ski for Light USA which began in 1975. Ski for Light Canada Inc. was originally formed by Sons of Norway and various ski clubs.
The six day event is held annually in early February in one of the three western provinces: Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. At the event, blind and visually impaired adults can enjoy cross country skiing and social events. Each visually impaired skier is paired for the week with an experienced, sighted cross-country skier who acts as a guide. The visually impaired person skis in tracks groomed into the snow, while the guide skis in a parallel set of tracks. The guide provides directions, skiing tips, as well as support and encouragement.
Typically an average of 35 skiers and 35 guides attend each event. Most guides and skiers return each year, with some attending since 1978!
The event incorporates lots of fun skiing, social evenings. The week culminates with the races followed by an awards banquet. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are presented to the race winners in various categories. Skiers can race for 2.5km, 5km or 10km. The categories are B1 for no vision, B2 for up to 5% vision and B3 for 5-10% vision.
Volunteer guides who share the experience of cross country skiing discover: "The three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others" –William Arthur Ward
The blind and visually impaired skiers gain a sense of accomplishment and an opportunity to participate in a recreational activity that allows them to be more physically active.
The Ski for Light motto is; "If I can do this, I can do anything"
Our logo represents a 4,000 year old rock carving found in Norway, providing the first evidence of skiing in world history.