Ski for Light is an all-volunteer, non-profit, organization founded in 1975. The mission of Ski for Light is to teach visually- and mobility-impaired adults the sport of classic cross-country skiing, to give participants who have already mastered the basics the chance to improve their skills and endurance, and to enable participants to just have fun on the snow.
Each year Ski for Light conducts a week-long International Week that attracts upwards of 250 participants and guides. The location of the event changes from year to year in an effort to spread the Ski for Light philosophy and idea to as many parts of the country as possible.
2019 Ski For Light at Snow Mountain Ranch
The 2019 Ski for Light International Week will be held at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado, near Winter Park. The skiing portion of the Ski for Light week has been held at Snow Mountain Ranch ten previous times, from 1992 to most recently 2017. This year, as in 2017, we will not only be skiing at Snow Mountain Ranch, we will be staying in three of the hotel and ski lodge buildings on the property. This will allow attendees to ski onto the trails just a short distance from their lodging.
On the grounds of Snow Mountain Ranch are a 120 kilometer cross country trail system that is consistently rated as one of the best Nordic venues in the country. There is even a lighted 2 kilometer loop near the Nordic Center for those who do not get enough skiing during the day. Trails are wide and wonderfully well groomed. Also on the property are a lighted tubing hill, a covered outdoor ice skating rink, fat bike, snow shoe and hiking trails, an indoor pool and sauna, a roller skating rink, an indoor climbing wall, a craft center, a horse stable, and much more. While cross country skiing will as always be the only official Ski for Light activity, attendees will have many options available to them for their leisure hours.
During the Ski for Light week each visually- or mobility-impaired skier is paired for the entire week with an experienced, sighted, able-bodied cross-country skier who acts as ski instructor and guide. The visually- or mobility-impaired person skis in tracks or grooves in the snow, while the guide skis in a parallel set of tracks. The guide informs the skier about upcoming changes in the terrain and trail, offers instructional tips and suggestions, support as necessary, encouragement, and describes the countryside.
The volunteer guides who attend Ski for Light are a very special group of people. They pay the same event fees as visually- and mobility-impaired skiers so that they can share a favorite activity with someone who would otherwise not have the opportunity to participate. Most of these guides discover that in the process of giving of themselves they are getting as much or more back in return. Many of them return to each event, year after year.
Interested in volunteering for Ski for Light as a guide?
Check out the application here.
Learn more about Ski for Light here.
Ski For Light was in the news last time they were at Snow Mountain Ranch! Check out the awesome coverage here.