New England Blind and Visually Impaired Ski Festival

The New England Blind and Visually Impaired Ski Festival is set for February 10-14, 2013, and takes place at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine.

This is a chance for blind and visually impaired skiers, along with their guides and families to get together for fun and fellowship.  There will also be a guest speaker.

The last two ski trips I’ve taken, Colorado and West Virginia, have shown me that I can’t just get by without any kind of help on the slopes.  The smaller mountains on the East Coast are fine for me without a guide, but I will have to wear a vest saying that I am a visually impaired skier.  I am a decent skier overall, but I go slowly, so people have run into me from behind.

On the bigger mountains, I will have to have a guide. There are connecting slopes, so it is too easy to get on a slope that is not one to be on.

It is possible to be blind and be a great skier.  We watched someone in West Virginia who was blind, ski the moguls on the black diamond slopes!

So, if you love to ski, check out this festival.  They are looking for volunteers and sponsors as well.

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