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Lighting The Way

Updated on November 2, 2014

Blind Skiers Guided On Cross-Country Ski Tours

You know what I love about winter the most?

Not the cold so much, but the sunny crisp days that comes with living in the west and that is the perfect recipe for cross-country skiing.

I didn't grow up with skiing but introduced to it as an adult in my 20's while living in Denver. Lots of snow in the Rockies! However, it wasn't till I moved to North Lake Tahoe in California, that I met Betsy and Monte Rowell. They have been instrumental in creating Sierra Regional Ski For Light (SRSFL), a volunteer non-profit organization that offers a cross-country ski program to blind/visually impaired individuals from California.

Betsy, while visually impaired herself, (though you would never know it!), loves the outdoors and took up the challenge to offer this outdoor sport to others of similar disabilities.

Since 1993, Betsy and her husband, Monte have organized Ski for Light events at the Tahoe Donner Cross-Country ski area in Truckee, CA. Several one day events and an annual three day ski event are offered where blind/visually impaired skiers and their sighted guides ski in pairs.

Guides Make It Easy For Blind Skiers

Volunteers and Participants
Volunteers and Participants

Three Ways To Get Involved

1) Be a volunteer Ski instructor/Guide- You will get so much more than you receive. Each blind/visually impaired person is paired with a volunteer instructor/guide who donates his/her skill and expertise in cross country skiing.

2) Be a participant - Learn new skills far beyond what you thought you were capable of

3) Be a donor- Become a financial donor so that scholarships can be offered to those that would not otherwise be able to attend. Funds are also used for guide training, outreach, transportation, braille and audio materials.

Help SRSFL provide this special program by making your tax deductible donation to:

Sierra Regional Ski For Light

916.362.5557

or contact Betsy- montbets@pacbell.net

Free Guide Training Is Available

Prior to the scheduled events, a free two part training clinic is set up for guides.

The first part is a two-hour session that includes classroom work focusing on sensitivity training, guiding techniques and terminology. In the second meeting, guides pair up and practicing guiding each other while the other is blind folded.

In addition to free training sessions, all guides will receive free ski passes from Tahoe Donner during the three-day event.

Winter of 2010 Ski For Light Events

Come join us this year!

Saturday Events:

Jan. 23, 2010 and Feb. 20th

Contact Betsy Rowell- 916.362.5557 or montbets@pacbell.net

Three Day Ski Event

March 13 - 15, 2010

Contact Cindy Quintana- 510.483.2948 or cindyq12345@sbcglobal.net

or visit Sierra Regional Ski For Light for more information

All events will be at the Tahoe Donner Ski Area in Truckee, CA

Bringing People Together For Positive Social Interactions

It's all about the friendships you create. And lasting ones, if you volunteer year after year.

Your personal problems seem trivial when compared to what some of the participants deal with on a daily basis.

Beautiful Day for a Ski Tour

Beautiful Day for a Ski Tour
Beautiful Day for a Ski Tour

Friendships Are Forever

Friendships Are Forever
Friendships Are Forever

Time To Party!

At the end of the 3-day event, a huge buffet dinner and awards ceremony is set up.

You don't want to miss this!

Sunning on the Deck

Sunning on the Deck
Sunning on the Deck

Ever Attended Ski For Light Event? - What did you think?

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