Ski for Light 2011: The experience of a lifetime awaits you!

Ski for Light

Ski for Light

The 36th annual Ski for Light International Week will take place from Sunday, January 30 through Sunday, February 6, 2011 in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Participants will ski and stay at Snow Mountain Ranch, part of the YMCA of the Rockies, near Granby and Winter Park. Enjoy 100 kilometers of wide and wonderfully groomed Nordic trails right outside your door!

Ski for Light, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1975. Each year Ski for Light conducts a week-long event where blind and mobility-impaired adults are taught the basics of cross-country skiing. The event attracts upwards of 300 participants and guides. During the Ski for Light week each disabled skier is paired for the entire week with an experienced, sighted, cross-country skier who acts as ski instructor and guide.

The blind and mobility-impaired adults who attend each Ski for Light week come from all over the U.S. and from several foreign countries. Many come to Ski for Light with a desire to become more physically active and to find recreational opportunities that are lacking at home. Through the process of learning how to cross- country ski, most discover that they can accomplish much more than others have told them, and much more than they themselves believed. They leave Ski for Light with a sense of accomplishment and motivation that carries over to every aspect of their lives.

The volunteer guides who attend Ski for Light are a very special group of people. They pay the same event fees as disabled skiers in order to share a favorite activity with someone who may otherwise not have the opportunity to participate. Most guides discover that in the process of giving of themselves they are getting as much or more back in return. Many return to participate, year after year.

If you have never before attended what many have called the experience of a lifetime, please consider Ski for Light’s 2011 International Event. Additional information can be found at www.sfl.org. Visually impaired individuals interested in attending can also contact Visually Impaired Participant Application Coordinator Lynda Boose at (906) 370-7541 or lboose@up.net. Mobility impaired individuals can contact Mobility Impaired Participant Application Coordinator Dianne Brunswick at (602) 504-3521 or dmbrunswick@msn.com.

To be a guide, no experience with visually or mobility impaired people is necessary. Instructor/guides should be intermediate level classic cross-country skiers who are capable of safely managing their own speed and direction while at the same time communicating with their skiing partner. SFL holds an intensive one-day training session with seasoned skiers and guides. Prospective guides can contact Guide Coordinator Brenda Seeger at SeegerB@hotmail.com or (218) 416-0453.

The experience of a lifetime awaits you!

Source: Ski For Light

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