Now is the time to start thinking about joining several OAB members in the beautiful, scenic area around Deadwood South Dakota , fromSaturday, January 21, 2017 to Friday, January 26, 2017 for a fun-filled time cross-country (XC), downhill skiing, and snowshoeing and snowmobile riding with Black Hills Ski For Light Winter 2017! With two different venues provided skiers can choose to do both downhill and XC skiing, or just stick with one, but whatever you choose you are assured a fantastic time!
Black Hills Ski For Light Winter Events 2017 page is the place to visit and make sure you bookmark the page so you can check back often for more information.
This is from their web site:
“Winter 2017 EventWe offer two skiing venues, cross-country and down-hill, at our annual winter Ski for Light (SFL) event. This four day event is held the latter part of January. The cross-country area is located on Wharf Resources, a mine reclamation area, while the down-hill area is located at Terry Peak Ski Area. We welcome all blind/visually impaired individuals and mobility impaired individuals to join us and participate in these activities. All levels of experience from the individual who has never skied to the advanced skier are welcome. The highlight of the event is the last day’s fun races where skiers have a chance to show off their skiing skills. More Info Coming Soon!”

Are YOU In or near Omaha Nebraska?
If you’d like you can email theoab4me@gmail.com for more information from Omaha Association of the Blind on the bus, bus cost, and other details from last year’s Winter Event, and what we have information on now for the 2017 event & bus ride.
Reflections from OAB participants:
“I did both, but I started like most everyone, at the XC site. The ride on the “people movers” to get us all up to the XC/Snowshoe site was lots of fun. The food and drinks at the XC site are “to die for”! There is always something yummy coming out of the deep-fat fryer, or someone offering you another “Vern’s Special” (A “Best Kept Secret” only known to participants…Something’s just have to be experienced for one’s self!), making the time there a great way to meet tons of people, keep warm and have a blast!” -OAB participant

“I just wanted to downhill, so that is all I did the four days of skiing. It was great! My skiing volunteer picked me up at the base, and off we went for the entire day. Depending on which part of the mountain we were skiing, we had lunch and talked. He encouraged me to tell him what I wanted to do like a run that is faster or longer, and he tried to make it happen! I was exhausted every night, but all for the right reasons-I had the-time-of-my-life!” -OAB New participant

The Coach Bus transportation to Deadwood will start on Saturday 21, 2017 with the time being provided at a later date, closer to the event. The bus will stop at Chadron that evening and we will spend the night in a hotel, so that we can arrive at the Black Hills Ski For Light (BHSFL) Event Winter 2017 Registration in time to get settled, and go to “Newcomer” Orientation or spend time getting acquainted with others.

“It was the most fun I have had as a blind person, on a vacation EVER! Everything was laid back and it was so much fun meeting new people, and the loads of volunteers, too! It makes you want to go back again and again!” -OAB BHSFL new participant 2016
Check out Black Hills Ski For Light (BHSFL) web site for more information-Do it TODAY!

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