The 2019 event was held at William Watson Lodge in Kananaskis. The 2020 event will be held Feb 3-9, the location will be announced soon.

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 skiing, fun and social evenings. The week culminates with the well attended 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.

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 and social evenings. The week culminates with the well attended 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.

For Skiers

As a blind or partially sighted skier, you'll be paired up for the week with a guide. You meet on the first night and discuss what you hope to do and how you want to work together. You ski as much or as little as you want. Your guide accompanies you on the trails and is also often available to help out and socialize at meals. All the sighted volunteers are mindful and helpful, regardless of who they're skiing with.
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 active.

For Guides

You will be paired for the week with a blind or partially sighted skier. The match will be based on mutual ability and other factors. Some skier-guide partnerships have lasted 15 years, while some guides enjoy the fun of guiding someone new. People improvise and trade off sometimes, and there's usually an opportunity for guides to do some skiing on their own or in groups. Guiding is a commitment, but a rewarding one.
New guides may want to know how to interact with people who are blind or visually impaired. 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 Ski for Light Canada 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.

Picture of skiers and guides

About Us

Picture of a gold medal

The Races

Top skiers will receive medals to commemorate their achievement.

The Next Ski For Light Canada Event

The next Ski For Light Canada event will be held in February 3-9, 2020 at a location soon to be announced.

The 2019 Ski For Light Canada Event

The 2019 Ski For Light Canada event was at the William Watson Lodge in the Kananaskis Valley in Alberta from Monday to Sunday, February 4-10, 2019. The accessibility of the facility made everyone feel at home. The fully equipped cabins have lots of space for lounging around with friends new and old, when you're not on the tracks. The 85km of trails are a short walk from the cabins. Though the weather was cold the tracks were well-maintained and full of skiers.
Many photos taken at the 2019 event are available.

The 2018 Ski For Light Canada Event

The 2018 Ski For Light Canada event was held at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, 23Km from Vernon, BC from February 5-11, 2018.

The 2017 Ski For Light Canada Event

The 2017 Ski For Light Canada event was held at the William Watson Lodge in the Kananaskis Valley in Alberta from February 6-12, 2017.
Many photos taken at the 2017 event are available. During the event, "Accessible Media Inc." did some video-recording for broadcast on AMI TV.

Previous Ski For Light Canada Events

Click here for a full list of previous SFL Canada locations over the years.