At the end of the week long Ski for Light event, there is an optional race in which most skiers participate. Skiers may choose to race in the 2.5km, the popular 5km or the 10km races. Males and females each have their own set of races. To enter, the competitors need to be classified. Classification is an assessment process that separates athletes with similar levels of visual ability into groups or classes, so that participants can compete in a fair and equitable way. Classifications will give athletes confidence that they are competing against others equally.
The classifications were first created by the International Blind Sports Association in the 1970s. There are three medical based Paralympic classifications for blind sports: B1, B2 and B3. This is used by a number of blind sports including para-alpine skiing, para-nordic skiing, blind cricket, blind golf, five-aside football, goal ball and judo. Some other sports, including adaptive rowing, athletics and swimming, have equivalents to this class. Some sports specifically do not allow a guide, whereas cycling and skiing require one.
At Ski for Light, races are for fun with many Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded for the best times in the different categories.
Click here for classifications for blind or visually impaired sports.
The 10km race was held on Thursday, Feb 7, 2019. Unfortunately, due to cold weather about -25°C, the 2.5km and 5km races had to be cancelled for safety reasons.
Click here for the 2019 Kananaskis race results. The 2019 results are also available in PDF format. Many photos taken at the 2019 event are available.