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January 23, 2018 06:12 PM

Ski For Light Brings People Together In The Black Hills

Lead, SD

This time of year, the slopes at Terry Peak are packed. That's definitely the case this week. The Black Hills Regional Ski For Light kicked off this week, offering downhill and cross-country skiing for those who are visually and mobility impaired. 

Greg Klein and Rudolph Winfrey first met 20 years ago at Ski For Light. They quickly formed a friendship and have been skiing together ever since.

"It's just been a real gratifying thing for me to be involved in and I've been guiding the same person for 21 years, we've become fast friends and it's been a great deal," guide Greg Klein said.

Like many of the skiers at Ski For Light, Winfrey is visually impaired.

"I never thought I would ski, but I tell you what, it's kept me in great shape, and it's given me a positive attitude," skier Rudolph Winfrey said.

This is the 39th year for the event, and each year brings a big crowd.

"Between our cross country and our downhill endeavors this year we have approximately 135 participants with a group of volunteers numbering 240," Board Secretary Black Hills Ski For Light John Skulborstad said.

As for these friends, it's an event they will continue to mark on their calendars.

"I wouldn't miss it because the truth about Ski For Light is each year gets better and better," Winfrey said.

It's a rewarding trip to the slopes for everyone involved. 

"It's just marvelous to watch how these people grow with their abilities as far as skiing and getting outdoors," Skulborstad said.

People from more than 20 states and even Canada and Australia made the trip to the Black Hills.

If you would like to learn more about the event, we've provided a link to the website here.

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