Community purchases winter gear benefiting Ski for Light

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© A women fits a helment to a young boy at the annual Ski Swap benefiting Ski for Light, Nov. 4, 2017. © A women fits a helment to a young boy at the annual Ski Swap benefiting Ski for Light, Nov. 4, 2017.

In January, people with visual and or mobility impairments travel from around the world to the Black Hills to participate in the annual Black Hills regional Ski for Light.

Ski for Light is an opportunity for the people with impairments to participate in winter games using guides. Saturday, the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center filled with winter sports enthusiasts hoping to score a good deal on equipment while also helping that cause during the annual Ski Swap.

Both used and new winter gear ranging from ski's, to snowboards, to jackets, on sale at the annual Ski Swap directly benefit the Ski for Light program.

Each skier costs about $300, and on average the ski for light program supports about 200 skiers. That $300 covers a week stay in Deadwood, food and skiing with instructors.

All purchased made at Ski for Swap directly benefit the program.

"It's pretty cool I was not expecting it to be this busy,” said Rapid City resident, JC Vasquez, who purchased a pair of snowboard boots. “As soon as I walked in but, as long as everyone is getting what they need and it's going to a good cause, everybody wins."

Ski Swap is the largest fund-raising event benefiting Ski for Light held all year.

"This is our primary fundraiser,” Bill Young from the Ski for Light board of directors said. “But we also solicit local businesses and we take donations and we do everything we can to get people on ski's or on sleds and skiing with us in the winter time. What it allows many of our participants to do is to feel like everyone else, and it helps them get rid of the things that they think people tell them they cannot do. So we get rid of the cants in their world."

Ski for Light is still asking for donations to be able to provide the once in a lifetime experience to the people participating in the event in January. Donate here.

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