Ski For Light Events

The 2020 Ski For Light Canada Event

The 2020 Ski for Light Canada event will be held from Monday, February 3 through Sunday, February 9 at the William Watson Lodge in the Kananaskis Valley in Alberta. Please see the Register page for details.

The 2019 Ski For Light Canada Event

The 2019 Ski for Light Canada event was held at the William Watson Lodge. William Watson Lodge is a barrier-free, wilderness lodging for persons with disabilities. It is situated in beautiful Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, overlooking Lower Kananaskis Lake. The goal of this facility is to connect people of all abilities, all ages and all cultures to recreational opportunities in nature. The accessibility of the facility made everyone feel at home. Ski for Light had a specially tracked course in the Elkwood Campground and it was well-maintained and full of skiers. The 10k race was held on this track but unfortunately the 5km and 2.5km races were cancelled due to the cold. We were also able to enjoy the trails of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. This park is home to some of the best Nordic skiing in western Canada. There is an extensive trail system with over 75 kilometres of mostly beginner to intermediate trails.
Click here for the 2019 Kananaskis race results. The 2019 results are also available in PDF format.
Many photos taken at the 2019 event are available.
AMI (Accessible Media Inc.) hit the slopes with Ski for Light and produced a video of this event.

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. The 2018 event ran from February 5-11. The Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre treated us well. They offered good trails, although we had more snow than we wanted, particularly on the race day. Race Day was also enlivened by a tree falling across the race course in mid-race. Though we had to bus there every day, we got to enjoy the amenities of a full-service hotel after a day of skiing.
Click here for the 2018 Sovereign Lake race results. The 2018 results are also available in PDF format.
Many photos taken at the 2018 event are available.

The 2017 Ski For Light Canada Event

The 2017 Ski For Light Canada event was once again held at the William Watson Lodge in Peter Laugheed Provincial Park, Alberta. The trails were beautifully maintained and there were many to choose from. Temperatures dipped down to -30C, so we had to hustle to keep warm, unless of course we were lounging by the fire in the Lodge. The week was brightened up even more by a lively Quiz Night and a presentation on bears, given by a talented representative of the Alberta Parks Service.
Click here for the 2017 Kananaskis race results. The 2017 results are also available in PDF format.
Many photos taken at the 2017 event are available.
During the event, "Accessible Media Inc." did some video-recording for broadcast on AMI TV.

The 2016 Ski For Light Canada Event

The 2016 Ski For Light Canada event was once again held at the William Watson Lodge in Peter Laugheed Provincial Park, Alberta.
Click here for the 2016 Kananaskis race results. The 2016 results are also available in PDF format.

Norway's Ridderrennet

In 2017, Ridderrennet, the world's largest annual winter-sports week for people who are visually impaired and/or disabled, was held in Beitostølen, Norway from Sunday, March 26th through Sunday, April 2nd.

USA Events

In 2017, the Ski For Light USA event was held at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado, USA, from Sunday February 5 through Sunday February 12, 2017.

Previous Ski For Light Canada Events

2019 - Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2018 - Vernon, British Columbia, at Sovereign Lakes
2017 - Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2016 - Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2015 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Sun Peaks
2014 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2013 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake
2012 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2011 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake
2010 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2009 - Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2008 – Vernon, British Columbia, at Sovereign Lakes
2007 - Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2006 – West Bank, Kelowna, British Columbia
2005 - Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, assisted by Valhalla Lodge No. 4 - 341, liaison by Brian McIvor
2004 - Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake, assisted by Overlander Ski Club, liaison by Tor Ring
2003 - Castlegar, British Columbia, at Mud Lake, assisted by Nordic Lodge No. 76, Castlegar Nordic Ski Club, Blackjack Ski Club, Rosalind, liaison by Erik Knudsgaard
2002 - Red Deer Alberta at Heritage Ranch, assisted by Parkland Cross country Ski Club and Aspelund lodge No.51, liaisons by Mark and Ruby Meunier
2001 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, at Holiday Park, assisted by Saskatoon Blind Skiers Club, liaison by Judy Prociuk
2000 - Kelowna British Columbia, at McCulloch Lake, assisted by Kelowna Nordic Ski Club, liaison by Pete Christensen
1999 - Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, liaison by Ross Watson
1998 - Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake, assisted by Stake Lake Ski Club, liaison by Tor Ring
1997 - North Battleford, Saskatchewan, at White Tail Resort. Combined event with Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers, liaison by Pat Prokopchuk.
Events after 1996 are hosted by the Ski for Light Board with assistance as listed.
1996 - Castlegar, British Columbia, at Mud lake, by Nordic lodge No. 7 - 76
1995 - Edmonton, Alberta, at Waskehegan Staging area, by Solglyt Lodge No. 4 - 143
1994 - North Battleford, Saskatchewan, at Finlayson Island, by Nisse Lodge No. 4 - 567
1993 - Victoria, British Columbia, at Mount Washington, by Eidsvold Lodge No. 7 - 53
1992 - Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, by Fjellsyn Lodge No. 4 - 591 Olds and Aspelund Lodge No. 4 - 571
1991 - Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, by Valhalla Lodge No. 4 - 341
1990 - North Battleford, Saskatchewan, at Finlayson Island, by Nisse Lodge No. 4 - 567
1989 - Castlegar, British Columbia, at Castlegar Golf Course, by Nordic Lodge No. 7 - 76
1988 - Vernon, British Columbia, at Silver Star, by Sol Land Lodge N0. 7 - 121
1987 - Prince George, British Columbia, at Silver Wing, by Rondane Lodge No. 7 - 71
1986 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, by Brubyen Lodge No. 4 - 576
1985 - Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake, by Leif Erikson Lodge No. 7 - 93
1984 - Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, by Valhalla Lodge No. 4 - 341
1983 - Victoria, British Columbia, by Eidsvold Lodge No. 7 - 53
1982 - Edmonton, Alberta, by Solglyt Lodge No. 4 - 143
1981 - Vancouver, British Columbia, but cancelled due no snow, by Sliepner Lodge No. 7 - 8
1980 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, by Nisse Lodge No. 4 - 567
1979 - Calgary, Alberta, by Valhalla Lodge No. 4 - 341
1978 - Castlegar, British Columbia, at Nancy Green Lake, by Nordic Lodge No. 7 - 76
The first Ski For Light Canada event was hosted by Nordic Lodge No. 76 (Sons of Norway) and held in Castlegar, British Columbia, before Ski for Light Canada was officially formed. The following list shows the years of events with the hosting lodge until 1996. At that time a new policy was implemented and the Ski for Light Board are now responsible for arrangements for the event.