Skiing for blind and partially sighted people

When most people think of skiing, they think of taking a ski lift up a mountain and then gliding down at great speed. Most skiing that blind and partially sighted people do however, is cross country or Nordic skiing. This is immense fun, and great exercise in the outdoors. Cross-country skiing involves skiing in ready prepared tracks or grooves in the snow. You are likely to have small slopes to contend with, but nothing like downhill or alpine skiing.

Metro will consider subsidy requests for members to attend various skiing events. Examples are given below, but these aren’t exhaustive.

Blind and partially sighted people ski with a guide who will assist in the way that best meets the skier’s needs and preferences.

If you’re a beginner, the guide will show you how to ski, and if you’re a seasoned skier, they will give you tips to improve your technique. So, even if you’ve never handled skis before, you shouldn’t feel afraid to give it a go. Another crucial function of the guide is to ski close to the blind or partially sighted skier to give them information about any slopes coming up; to help them stay safely in the tracks; and, some would say most importantly, to tell them when the next drinks station is coming up!

Ridderweek

  • The Ridderweek for 2020 takes place Sunday, 22 March and wrapping up on Sunday, 29 March
  • Ridderweek is held in March or April in Beitostolen Norway.
  • At Ridderweek there is a 5km race for women or a 10km race for men; a biathlon (a 6km ski coupled with sonic rifle shooting); and the 20km Ridderrennet race. 5km race for women or a 10km race for men; a biathlon (a 6km ski coupled with sonic rifle shooting); and the 20km Ridderrennet race.
  • You can read Metro member’s accounts of the previous Ridderweeks by accessing the ‘articles’ link on this page.
  • Contact Mike: mike@mikebrace.co.uk  for enquiries about the skiing trip

Want to know more?

For more information about skiing at Ridderweek for blind and partially sighted people and Metro’s involvement, contact Mike Brace at: mike@mikebrace.co.uk

 

Ski For Light(SFL) 2021 and COVID 19

The SFL leadership team is monitoring the COVID 19 situation closely, as it has affected many large gatherings and major events. At this time, we still hope to hold the 2021 Ski for Light International Week, with modifications for the safety and wellness of participants; as we learn more over the coming weeks, we’ll adapt our plans accordingly.

We know how much our annual gathering means to attendees and supporters, and together we have overcome some serious challenges in the past, but the health of our SFL family must be our top priority.

We would like to hear from you about your interest in attending the 2021 event.

If you wish to provide input about the event, please follow the link below and complete an event interest survey. Responses are confidential unless you request a reply from us.

2021 SFL Event Interest Survey:

https://blindsport.uk/SFL2021Survey

Please visit our website at
www.sfl.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter, for future updates.

Dreaming of snow and a winter of unlimited skiing!

Warmly,
Tim McCorcle
President, Ski for Light

Ski For Light 2021

Mark your calendars and reserve the week of January 24-31, 2021.

The 46th annual Ski for Light International week is scheduled to take place once again in the breathtakingly gorgeous Colorado Rockies!

We will be skiing on the familiar trails and staying at the friendly confines of Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado. As part of the YMCA of the Rockies, the venue boasts 90 kilometers of trails, providing ample skiing for all abilities from beginner to advanced. A bonus feature of staying at SMR is that those fabulous trails are just a short shuttle ride or ski away from lodging.

General information about the week and about this much-loved location is available now at www.sfl.org/events/next.

Bonnie O’Day has just been named Chair of the 2021 planning committee, and she and her team will be working hard to lay the foundation for what will no doubt be a fun-filled week of skiing, camaraderie, and other, memorable experiences.

Stay tuned for updates about the 2021 event and be on the lookout for applications to go live in early August!

Looking Back at the 2020 Ski for Light Event

Photo Memories

Many people who attended the SFL 2020 event in Wyoming have posted individual photos as well as photo albums to the SFL Facebook page. Click here to view photo’s and keep up with SFL happenings.

2020 Race and Rally Results

View or download the 2020 Olav Pedersen Race and Rally results (MS Excel format) from the 2020 event.

Media Coverage

Two local Casper television stations aired feature stories about Ski for Light during the week.

K2 TV story by Bobby Falat  – YouTube Video Below

 

General  SFL Event details

  • 25% of attendees are first-time skiers, and on the final day, you have the chance to participate in a 5km rally and a 10km race.
  • You can read Metro member’s accounts of the event by accessing the ‘articles’ link on this page.
  •  For more information click here to go to the SFL site..

    Speed of Light guide training programme

New training tool this year for new and returning guides: an eight-minute video supplement to the Guide Handbook, which illustrates essential Nordic skiing skills like diagonal stride, full and half-snowplow, herringbone, and lane changing.

If you’ll be a guide at SFL 2020, even if you’ve been with us for many years, take some time this week to review the handbook and watch this video. You’ll be glad you did. And we invite all our participants, as well as anyone just curious as to how all this works, to check it out at the following link.

https://www.sfl.org/pubs/SFL-training.mp4

 

 

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