Skiers needed to participate in 'Ski for Light' week

Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009

Skiers are needed to participate as sighted ski guides in the annual Ski for Light week in Provo, Utah, held in February.

This week of recreational classic ski touring will consist of one day of training, skiing and ample socializing on and near the ski trails at Soldier Hollow, the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Participants will be paired with an appropriate level blind or sight-impaired adult skier.

Pairs will classic ski daily. Evenings will feature music, dancing or evening lectures with about 250 other skiers and their guides from all over the world. The entire cost for hotel, meals, transportation each day to the ski trails and training is $850 (plus airfare).

Local ski enthusiast Ken Leghorn said he went two years ago and "had one of the best ski weeks of (his) life."

"The people you meet from across the country and internationally are exceptional," he said. "I'm still in touch with a blind guitar teacher from Israel, a black actor from New York City who was blinded by an accident during an eye exam just a year prior, a party animal from Toronto and dozens of others from all walks of life and levels of skiing."

Leghorn plans to attend again this year. "For most of them this week of outdoor immersion is the highlight of their year, and will be for me as well."

"I would love to go with a few more Juneau skiers this year," he said.

The deadline for applications was Nov. 1, but space is still available. Full payment is due by Dec. 15.

For more information on go online to or contact Ken Leghorn at 957-2488.

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