Marilyn returns from a great day on the snow with guides Dave and Kin.
Fourteen VIP Skiers and their guides enjoyed a fabulous day on the snow! Due to lack of snow the past couple of years, this was our first day trip in three years. Seeing the happy faces and hearing the squeals of delight reminded those of us who volunteer for Ski for Light why we do what we do. Joy was freely expressed by Annalisa one of our new skiers, “It was one of the top five experiences I ever had!…. The best and most magical part of my day was when I was able to go down a big hill!…. I was free, free as my sighted friends!” It doesn’t get much better then this!
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Part of the group happy to be in the mountains!
A little kayaking fun.
Great new guides!
Breakfast looks good.
Vickie entertains with her great voice!
Food is a central part of any hiking weekend!
Cindy and her guide off for fun!
Another picture of part of the happy group.
The SRSFL third annual summer/fall hiking weekend took place from August
7-10, 2015. In all, ten visually impaired participants, 12 guides and
volunteers and three guide dogs enjoyed the beauty and serenity of Lake
Tahoe and the lovely but very dry Sierra Nevada Mountains.
This year, we welcomed three fabulous new guides, and a couple of visually
impaired folks we haven’t seen in a while. Most participants stayed at the
Lakeview Lodge at the Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center, and we
all agreed that it was truly magical and easier having the entire building
to ourselves. SRSFL guide, Jim Mrazek generously offered tours of the lake
in his 44-foot motorboat; many of the visually impaired folks had a great
time driving it. Some hiked out of Carson Pass up to and beyond Lake
Winnemucca; others explored trails around the Spooner Lake area; while
others swam in the lake and enjoyed some relaxing time at the lodge. One
major highlight was having our own private chef, thanks to Pam Bittner. The
menu included good hardy breakfasts, lasagna, various burgers and a
seemingly endless supply of cookies. Everyone pitched in to help, and we are
all extremely grateful that she has offered to do it again next year. Great
weather, great camaraderie, welcoming and challenging mountains, great food
and amazingly generous guides and volunteers — all the right ingredients
for a magical SRSFL weekend.
Click on the links below to read our summer newsletter! It is linked in both Word and PDF. It will help get you revved up for summer activities and for skiing next winter. If you see Betsy Rowell, thank her for the many hours she put into this newsletter.
Summer Newsletter 2015 PDF
Summer Newsletter 2015 Word
The start of Tahoe Donner’s Cross Country Trails on February 15th!
Despite lack of snow, we have decided to go ahead with our 3 day event. It looks like it may be a walking and hiking event. Our skiers are anxious to come to the mountains to play!
It is with regret that we have made the decision to cancel all Sierra Regional Ski for Light Events scheduled for the weekend of January 24th and January 25th. Tahoe Donner Cross Country has closed and conditions at Royal Gorge are too marginal for the safety and enjoyment of blind and visually impaired skiers. Hopefully we will get some snow before our next day trip scheduled for February 7th.
With conditions changing rapidly, Cindy Q. and I were out checking conditions at Royal Gorge. We want to keep all options open!