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Ski for Light

A program was established in 1981 to promote recreational activities involving people of all ages who are visually impaired. Events such as bowling, tandem biking and canoeing are encouraged. The committee attempts to provide whatever adaptive equipment is necessary for these sports.

A wintertime sport that has become very popular is cross-country skiing in the “Ski for Light” program. There are Regional “Ski for Light” events held every winter across the United States as well as an International event.

SFL International

The 41st annual Ski for Light International Week will take place from Sunday January 24th to Saturday January 30th, 2016 in Northwest Lower Michigan on the grounds of Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire. Located 45 minutes from the Traverse City airport, Shanty Creek Resorts is a 4,500 acre complex. It contains three housing and entertainment villages, both cross-country and downhill ski trails, a tubing hill, several swimming pools and hot-tubs, a fitness center and spa, and more. Applications are requested by November 1. Late applications can only be considered on a space available basis. Partial scholarships are available to first and second-year participants in financial need. More details about the event and the fully accessible online application, which can be completed on the Ski for Light website, can be found at

Black Hills Regional Ski for Light 2016

Submitted by Jesse Shirek

It’s time to start thinking about signing up for the 37th annual Black Hills Regional Ski for Light event! It is an excellent opportunity to experience downhill, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The dates for this year’s event are January 25-28th. The banquet will take place Thursday evening and hotel check-out Friday morning January 29th. If you would like to visit with a yearly participant about the event, you are encouraged to contact Dave Sundeen at 701-847-3139.

In previous years, a bus has been chartered to the annual event and we would like to do so again this year. We would like to send out a special thank-you to Judy’s Leisure Tours for arranging for the charter bus for departure from various communities in North Dakota. The bus will depart for South Dakota on Sunday January 24th and return
on Friday the 29th. It is an excellent opportunity to sit back, relax, visit, sleep and leave the driving to an expert. There is room for participants, volunteers and space to store your luggage. Sign-up early to reserve a seat on the bus; tickets for the bus will cost $15 round-trip and part of the $15 will be used to ensure a reservation on the bus. Make your non-refundable check or money order payable to: North Dakota Association of the Blind. Please write Ski for Light in the memo line on your check and mail to Helen Baumgartner, Treasurer, NDAB, 402 12th Ave NW, Mandan, ND 58554.

Black Hills Regional Ski for Light has e-mailed or mailed out applications for the event. The cost for the event for one week is $200. This includes five nights lodging based upon double occupancy, four lunch meals, one evening meal and a banquet ticket. The $200 also covers all equipment rentals. Please note that Black Hills Regional Ski for Light may be providing partial scholarships for those who qualify for financial need. To obtain an application for a scholarship please contact Tracy Perdue at 605-341-3626. All scholarships must be approved by the Ski for Light board. Please note that in order to receive a scholarship you must be willing to share a room with another Ski for Light participant. The application deadline for this year is November 30th. All applications will be processed on a first-come first-serve basis, so you are encouraged to get your application in as soon as possible. If you wish to receive a Ski for Light application you can contact Tracy Perdue at 605-341-3626 or you can fill out an online application at

Amy Osvold, NDVS/SB Rehab Teacher, will be the contact for participants in western North Dakota. She can be reached by calling 701-857-7634 or emailing Jesse Shirek, NDVS/SB Rehab Teacher, will be the contact for participants in eastern North Dakota. He can be contacted by calling 701-739-0946 or emailing They can provide assistance with applications, raffle tickets, bus transportation questions or any other questions regarding the event. Black Hills Regional Ski for Light 2016 will be a great place to connect with old friends and give you the opportunity to make some new ones. We hope to see you there!

The 37th annual Black Hills Regional Ski for Light will take place from January 25-28, 2016.
Telephone: 605-341-3626
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