As much as I believe that you can do anything you set your mind to, I have to admit there are some things that never occurred to me. Skiing is one of them. This may be because I was raised in a relatively flat part of the country–Kansas is not known for its ski slopes–or because I’m a relatively klutzy person who is convinced she’d die horribly after screaming down a ski slope, arms and legs akimbo, skis hurtling away from her falling form and breaking into shrapnel to strike other skiers, taking most of the mountainside with her in a catastrophic avalanche of epic proportions should she ever even attempt to ski a bunny slope. At any rate, I was surprised to learn that not only can the blind ski, but there is a festival for them to get the chance to do just that.
The information I received from one of the mailing lists I’m on follows:
Maine Handicapped Skiing is hosting New England’s Blind / Vi Alpine Ski Festival Week, Feb 12-16, 2012 at SugarLoaf Mountain Resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Shuttle Service is available from the Portland, Maine airport to and from the Festival. The week is going to be packed with fun experiences for everyone!
Please visit our web site for great Ski and Stay Packages and for all the Festival details at:
The Festival is for all abilities levels and offers Guide training as well for family and friends or individuals interested in Blind Guiding.