Blind skiers hit the slopes

Chantelle Deacon

Visually impaired skiers will spend the week hitting the slopes at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre.

Ski for Light Canada 2018 celebrates its 40th year at Vernon's local cross country ski hill.

"We have some skiers from as far as Norway and we have skiers from all across the United States, Canada and we have one skier from Denmark," said Randy Schellenberg, organizing committee, Ski for Life.

The event includes a jam-packed week of events from ski races, to dinners and parties until Friday.

"Cross-country skiing is an ideal sport if you're visually impaired because you have the ski tracks and that keeps you on the trail," he said. "A guide skis right beside the blind skier and tells them when a corner is coming up or if there is debris on the trail or if there is steep hill coming."

"The skier can just concentrate on their skiing and it's just great fun for everyone."

A 10-kilometre race will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 and a 2.5 kilometre and 5-kilometre race will be held at 10:30 am Friday, Feb. 9.

The public is encouraged to join the fun at Sovereign Lake and to cheer on the racers.

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