The NEVI Ski Festival is Out of Sight!
The 4th Annual New England Blind and Visually Impaired Ski Festival, or NEVI Fest, took place from February 8th through the 11th at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Maine’s Carrabassett Valley. The Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation organization conducts the event annually in February, welcoming visually impaired (VI) and blind skiers, their guides and families from as far away as Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
NEVI Fest offers visiting blind and VI skiers the opportunity to develop their skiing abilities on all levels of terrain—-with their own guides or qualified festival volunteers. Skills enhancement is also made available at NEVI Fest for guides, from Certified PSIA Adaptive and experienced clinicians.
This was to have been Randy’s third straight year at the event—-accompanied and ably guided by longtime friend and outdoorsman Brent Bell. Randy was also to have been joined by Tracy and Autumn, too, for their first visits. Unfortunately this snowy and cold New England winter got the best of both Randy and Tracy, causing them to miss out on the festival. Randy remarked, "We try to always avoid missing out but when we must, at least we live vicariously through the many friends still attending the event...and we look forward to joining them next year! Will you join us and them for this great event as an attendant, volunteer or otherwise?"
For a look back at Randy’s very first days of blind skiing during the 2013 festival—including videos—see the blog post from two years ago.