Ski for Light, Inc.®
Skiing. Sharing. Learning. The mission of Ski for Light is to enhance the quality of life
and independence of visually or mobility-impaired adults through a program of
What is Ski for Light?
Ski for Light, Inc. is an all-volunteer non-profit organization founded in 1975 that teaches the basics of classic cross-country skiing to adults who are visually- or mobility-impaired, while giving participants who have already learned the basics of the sport the chance to improve their skills or to just have fun on the snow. All of this takes place during an annual week-long event at a U.S. location that changes from year to year, and is made possible by the volunteer sighted and able-bodied experienced cross-country skiers who attend as guides and instructors. But Ski for Light is much more than a learn-to-ski program. Here is a more complete Description of the Ski for Light Program and how it works.
Are You New to Ski for Light?
There are links to lots of information on this page for both
sighted and visually- or mobility-impaired people who want to know more about us.
See particularly the links under SFL Publications, News, History and
Other Information further down the page.
If you are thinking about attending Ski for Light as a guide, the best place to start
may be to watch the Ski for Light video on YouTube. It does a
great job showing and telling the story of Ski for Light in an inspiring
If you are thinking about attending Ski for Light as a visually- or mobility-impaired participant, the best place to start may be to read the Information for Prospective First-Time
Attendees. This provides much more information about the totality of the SFL experience, and the reasons why it is often described as a life-changing experience.
Also, check us out on Facebook, and please contact us with your
questions at email@example.com
Looking Back at the 2013 International Event
The 2013 Event Photo Gallery
Several people who attended the recently completed SFL 2013 event at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, Michigan, have posted individual photos as well as photo albums to the SFL Facebook page. If you are not a follower, you may view the photos at SFL 2013 Photo Gallery. If you have additional photos to contribute, or would like a copy of one or two photos, from the site Leslie Maclin, chair of the SFL Social Media committee, stands ready to assist you. Please write to her at LeslieMaclin@att.net.
2013 Olav Pedersen Race and Rally Results
Here are the 2013 Race and Rally results for you to read and or download. There is one spreadsheet of Race and Rally Results as Announced and one spreadsheet of Race and Rally Participants by Event Results are in Microsoft Excel format.
Looking Ahead to the 2014 Ski for Light International Week
The 39th annual Ski for Light International week will be held in
Anchorage, Alaska from Sunday February 23 through Sunday March
2, 2014. This will be our third visit to Anchorage, and the first since
2003. We will stay in downtown Anchorage at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center and ski
at nearby Kincaid Park. The Hilton is a large full-service hotel right in the
heart of the city, with everything we could ask for in an event hotel.
Kincaid Park is a world-class facility that has 60 km of wonderfully
groomed cross-country trails, and has been the host of numerous major
cross-country events over the years, including: the trials to select the
U.S. Olympic Teams for X-C skiing and for Special Olympics;
Alaska Ski for Women, the largest women-only ski race in the country;
Masters X-C Skiing Championships; and the NCAA National X-C
Skiing Championships. A highlight of the week will be the ceremonial
start of the Iditarod Sled Dog race on the final Saturday of the week in downtown Anchorage, near the Hilton.
Please come back to this site in July for more information about the week, and to access the on-line application forms.
SFL Publications, News, History and Other Information
Stay in Touch With Ski for Light
Join the SFL Community Conversation on Facebook and LinkedIn
Subscribe to the SFL Listservs
Ski for Light maintains two electronic mailing lists for people who are interested in the activities and programs of the organization:
- The SFL-Announce mailing list is a low traffic, announce only list used to send you timely information about Ski for Light events, activities and people.
To subscribe to sfl-Announce send an empty e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The SFL-L mailing list is a general discussion list that provides a forum
for individuals to exchange ideas and information about SFL programs, or about other sports and outdoor activities for persons with disabilities. Replies to list messages go to the entire membership of the list. To subscribe to sfl-l send an empty e-mail message to email@example.com
Donate to Ski for Light
Ski for Light needs your financial support to keep the cost of the program affordable for all.
Continue to the Ways to Donate page.
- You may make your donation via regular mail or via secure credit card transaction from this website
- Your gift may be designated for:
- The general operating fund, our area of greatest need, which
provides scholarships for blind and mobility-impaired skiers, pays for all event training and similar materials, and much, much more
- The Marilou Goodfellow Fund, which provides stipends for volunteer guides and helps defray the costs of guide training
- The Ski for Light Endowment Fund, which works to ensure that the program will remain available for future generations
- Your gift may be made in honor or memory of someone special
- You can become a Life Member of Friends of Ski for Light.
- Learn how to make a special Planned Gift to Ski for Light
Contacting Ski for Light
- For general information about Ski for Light,
send an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To contact an officer or board member of Ski for Light by e-mail please go to the SFL Board roster.
Other Events of Interest
- Regional Roundup
A calendar of upcoming regional events, events of shorter duration
held in various locations throughout the U.S.
- The Ridderrenn
The Norwegian event upon which Ski for Light is modeled. The next Ridderrenn, the 50th anniversary event, will take place April 7 - 14, 2013 in Beitostolen, Norway
- Ski for Light Canada
The 35th annual SFL Canada event will take place February 3 - 9, 2014 at William Watson Lodge in Kananaskis, Alberta.
Ski for Light is very grateful for the support of the
Sons of Norway
and our corporate sponsors.
Ski for Light, Inc. is a supporting organization member of the
Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA).
Ski for Light, Inc. is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization (ID #51-0175938).
Ski for Light, Inc. supports full disclosure and accountability
for nonprofit corporations and is registered with GuideStar®.
Ski for Light, Inc.
1455 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Ski for Light, Inc. is a registered trademark. All rights reserved.
Last updated on February 23, 2013