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Ski for Light New Location!

Ski for Light is Going to a Brand-new Place!
Venue:
 Ramkota Hotel and Conference Cent
Time:
9 February - Sunday 16 Feb am
Phone:
US 612-827-3232
Date:
09th February 2020
Cost:
Double-occupancy, $890 per person Single-occupancy, $1,230
Contact:


Ski for Light is Going to a Brand-new Place!

By Judy Dixon, SFL 2020 Event Chair

The SFL 2020 event is coming together and it is going to be terrific. In late September, members of the SFL planning committee visited Casper, Wyoming, to see firsthand the specifics of our venue for the 45th annual Ski for Light International week. While we were there, the temperatures dropped into the low 40’s and it was actually possible to imagine that one day, it might snow again. We were delighted to find a small Western town with lots of local interest and very friendly people.

Mike Evelo, our SFL 2020 Trails Coordinator, found that the Casper Mountain Outdoor Center, where we will be skiing, has that wonderful combination of both flat and gently rolling areas great for teaching beginners and for holding technique sessions, and that it also boasts forested areas with trails that have a lot of variety and many intersections to build up 5k and 10k courses. This ski area is famous for its biathlon competitions, including accessible equipment, so we are planning a Ski for Light biathlon on Thursday with plenty of time to practice.

Dates:  February 9 through Sunday morning, February 16, 2020

Cost For The Week

The total cost for the week will depend on which housing option you select, as follows:

  • Double-occupancy, $890 per person
  • Single-occupancy, $1,230

The Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, the event hotel for the week, is a compact facility that is very easy to navigate. There is an indoor pool on the first floor, the same floor on which all our meetings and activities will take place.

Again this year, we will hold our incredible silent auction and, by popular demand, we are bringing back the Ski for Light talent show. So, be sure and bring your talent with you to the event and be ready to audition on Tuesday afternoon. Other evening activities will feature a highly-recommended local deejay and several surprises.

The Application Process and Acceptance to the Event

In order to attend the Ski for Light International Week in 2020, you must first complete and submit an event application, linked below. The application asks for your contact and personal information, your desired meal and housing options for the week, and about your skiing ability and experience.

Ski for Light will review the information in your application and make a decision about whether or not you can be accepted to attend the event. Important considerations in this evaluation are your skiing ability and experience if applying to be a guide, and the number of guides anticipated and your ability to participate in cross-country skiing if applying to be a visually- or mobility-impaired participant.

Applicants will be formally admitted quickly, in the order that they apply. It may become necessary later in the process to delay admitting additional visually- and mobility-impaired applicants until additional guides have applied. Get your application in early to reduce this risk.

While there is no formal deadline for the submission of applications, it should be anticipated that applications submitted after November 1 will be accepted only on a space available basis.

Application Forms

To apply to attend the Ski for Light International Week in 2020, please complete and submit the appropriate application form below.

If you haven’t already applied to attend, please do so soon by going to www.sfl.org/events/next

Visit the SFL website at www.sfl.org to learn the complete details of the 2020 event, and to complete and submit your online application to attend.

I look forward to seeing each of you at the 2020 Ski for Light event. The excitement of a new venue in a state rarely visited by many of us will no doubt make this a very special SFL year!

Ski for Light, Inc.®

1455 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2648
Phone: 612-827-3232
www.sfl.org
General Information info@sfl.orginfo@sfl.org

Ski for Light, Inc. is a registered trademark. All rights reserved.

Go to SFL Home Page

 

Ridder Week 2020

Ridder Week (Ridderrenn)  2020
Venue:
Beitostolen, Norway - email contact for full details
Time:
Sunday, 22 March - until Sunday, 29 March
Phone:
Date:
22nd March 2020
Cost:
email contact for full details


Ridder Week (Ridderrenn)  2020

Original article by By Marion Elmquist from the Ski for Light Bulletin Fall 2019

The 2020 annual Ridderweek will be held in Beitostolen, Norway beginning Sunday, 22 March and wrapping up on Sunday, 29 March with the actual 20-kilometre race on Saturday, March 28.

Mike Brace is the Metro Blind Sport contact about this event if you are interested in going please contact mike below to find out costs and details of this year’s trip.

Contact: mike@mikebrace.co.uk 

Ridderweek is a wonderful opportunity to ski, to make new ski friends, to enjoy outstanding Norwegian hospitality, and to learn more about the program that spawned SFL.

You can listen to these Ridderweek Audio Podcasts below
https://blindsport.uk/SkiAudio

The event is much like the Ski for Light International week, with evening programs, dances, a talent show, and a live auction that raises money for the Ridderrenn.

There are several opportunities to challenge yourself on the trails during the week: a biathlon, using laser rifles, and a 5 K race for women and a 10K race for men. In addition, there is an alpine slalom race for mobility-impaired skiers and VIPs with some vision. During the alpine race on Friday, there’s also a picnic, so you can enjoy hot dogs wrapped in lefse or hamburgers while cheering on the racers.

Located about three hours from Oslo, Beitostolen is a summer and winter resort town that boasts a downhill ski area and many kilometres of Nordic ski trails.

There are some gift shops, restaurants, bars, a couple of grocery stores, and ski shops.

After the week in Beitostolen, we’ll spend a couple of days sightseeing in Oslo, a beautiful and easy to navigate the city.

Past Skiing trips

 

Ski for Light New Location!

Ski for Light is Going to a Brand-new Place!

Ski for Light is Going to a Brand-new Place!

By Judy Dixon, SFL 2020 Event Chair

The SFL 2020 event is coming together and it is going to be terrific. In late September, members of the SFL planning committee visited Casper, Wyoming, to see firsthand the specifics of our venue for the 45th annual Ski for Light International week. While we were there, the temperatures dropped into the low 40’s and it was actually possible to imagine that one day, it might snow again. We were delighted to find a small Western town with lots of local interest and very friendly people.

Mike Evelo, our SFL 2020 Trails Coordinator, found that the Casper Mountain Outdoor Center, where we will be skiing, has that wonderful combination of both flat and gently rolling areas great for teaching beginners and for holding technique sessions, and that it also boasts forested areas with trails that have a lot of variety and many intersections to build up 5k and 10k courses. This ski area is famous for its biathlon competitions, including accessible equipment, so we are planning a Ski for Light biathlon on Thursday with plenty of time to practice.

The Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, the event hotel for the week, is a compact facility that is very easy to navigate. There is an indoor pool on the first floor, the same floor on which all our meetings and activities will take place.

Again this year, we will hold our incredible silent auction and, by popular demand, we are bringing back the Ski for Light talent show. So, be sure and bring your talent with you to the event and be ready to audition on Tuesday afternoon. Other evening activities will feature a highly-recommended local deejay and several surprises.

If you haven’t already applied to attend, please do so soon by going to www.sfl.org/events/next

Visit the SFL website at www.sfl.org to learn the complete details of the 2020 event, and to complete and submit your online application to attend.

I look forward to seeing each of you at the 2020 Ski for Light event. The excitement of a new venue in a state rarely visited by many of us will no doubt make this a very special SFL year!

Ski for Light, Inc.®

1455 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2648
Phone: 612-827-3232
www.sfl.org
General Information info@sfl.org

Ski for Light, Inc. is a registered trademark. All rights reserved.

Go to SFL Home Page

 

Metro Annual Ski trip 2015 – Beitostolen in Norway

Metro Annual skiing trip

Metro Annual Ski trip

On the 8th of March 2015 a group of 23 (including 5 sighted partners) left the UK on six different flights for Beitostolen in Norway to take part in the 52nd Ridder Week.

I arrived at 5.30 am at Heathrow terminal 5 (which is massive) and came across Mike and Mo Brace wandering around in the duty free. Eleven of us were newbies to cross county skiing. So what were our first impressions? It was a three hour journey by coach to the hotel. Not being one for sight seeing tours for obvious reasons, even I couldn’t fail to be impressed by the scenery en route.

After checking in and eating far too much of the excellent food in the restaurant it was off to the sports hall to meet our individual guide for the week.Monday morning came and it was time to tackle the snow for the first time. It felt very strange wearing skis and I cautiously began taking a few pigeon steps hanging on to the ski poles for dear life. My guide Oliver then informed me there was a hill – too late I was already at the bottom of it in a heap.

Part of the challenge was learning to communicate effectively with the guides who had quite a task on their hands not only were they having to adjust to the level of sight their participant did or didn’t have but they had to convey these instructions and directions in English. As the week progressed I gradually improved my technique to just about a passable level and managed to complete the 10k event in a time acceptable to me.

For someone who was very dubious about going on a cold holiday, I thoroughly enjoyed being outside in the clean mountain air away from the noise and stress of London (well Surrey actually).

Away from the cross country skiing there were other snow based activities available including snowboarding and snowshoeing. Also a few members of our party were lucky enough to get a ride behind the huskies on the dog sled which was part of a multi-sports day that had been arranged.

Evenings usually consisted of indulging in the evening meal and catching up with each other’s triumphs and disasters of the day. There was entertainment laid on in the evenings including a karaoke and a talent night on which we were treated to Harish’s dulcet tones crooning away and strumming his guitar.

For someone for the word holiday usually means packing bikinis and sun lotion I think I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this whole experience Physically it was quite challenging and I think you do need a reasonable level of fitness to get the most out of it. I am certainly planning to go again and look forward to improving on my techniques and knocking ten minutes off my time for next year.

– article by Joanna Turnbull