Welcome to CADS Alberta!
Canadian Adaptive Snowsports Alberta is a provincial division of the Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS). We are a volunteer based provincial sport organization that provides all Albertans recreational and competitive adaptive snowsport opportunities through a safe, inclusive learning and training environment; supported by strong leadership, advocacy and partnerships.
With over 1200 participant and volunteer full and one-day members, CADS Alberta is focused on the delivery of programs that encourage the adaptive community to come and try alpine skiing and/or snowboarding, with a goal to creating a fun, educational and social experience while engaging in a physical activity in Alberta’s winter months.
CADS Alberta is made up of regional CADS Zones and affiliate Zones that include Alliance, Bow Valley Corridor Calgary, Cold Lake, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Red Deer. Plans are in place to grow our outreach to include expansion or rejuvenation of former CADS Alberta Zone programs in Crowsnest Pass, Jasper, Medicine Hat, and many other locations. Our mandate is to work with our key partners of Alberta Sport Connection and the Government of Alberta, the many snowsport resorts throughout Alberta, program partners such as Makadiff Sports, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and the many private and corporate donors, who provide exceptional ongoing support that continue to ensure that CADS Alberta have the ability to deliver its long-term 2016-19 strategy that opens adaptive activity doors to all Albertans.
As Becca Neels, one of our active CADS Alberta Board members, demonstrates in a video taken at Castle Mountain, the home of the CADS Lethbridge Zone, adaptive snowsport provides a freedom and exhilaration available across the province!
Whats NEW for 2018-2019?
2018-19 CADS Alberta Member Registration
Registration for the 2018-19 season will be available through this website as of September 1, 2018. Should you have any questions regarding membership, please contact CADS AB Membership.
CADS Alberta Slide & Ride Events!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to alpine ski or snowboard and believe you have the ability to come and try it?
Are you a skier that wants to learn how to snowboard or maybe a snowboarder that wants to learn how to ski?
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer instructor and working with a great winter program and a fantastic group of people?
CADS Alberta is once again offering it’s Slide & Ride come and try it event program at a number of locations around Alberta for the 2018-19 season. These events are FREE events for all participants and volunteers!
Participants and volunteers get to experience the amazing Alberta outdoors in a safe and inclusive setting, in which family and friends are also invited to participate and experience the activities of alpine skiing and/or snowboarding. Our professional staff and volunteers ensure a day filled with laughter, fun activity and plenty of smiles. Many of our one day participants join the local CADS Zone program so they can become regular participants in snowsport and enjoy a full and exciting winter experience.
Our goal is to encourage people with all abilities to try adaptive skiing or snowboarding!
Upcoming 2018-19 Slide & Ride Events Will Be Announced October 15, 2018
Canada Winter Games 2019
Canada Winter Games are approaching, and Para-Alpine events are part of the 2019 Home Gamers being hosted in Red Deer, Alberta. The Alpine and Para-Alpine events will take place at Nakiska, Alberta, with the Para-Alpine events taking place February 26-28, 2019.
Please go to the CWGs page for details.
CADS Alberta Zone-Club Competition Program
CADS Alberta will once again be supporting CADS Alberta Zones to development Zone-Club competition programs as part of their Zone offerings. Applications for support funding will be available and can be downloaded at CADS Alberta Zone-Club Application.
Alberta Adaptive Contact Database (AACT)
The Alberta adaptive Contact (AACT) database provides an online resource that allows end users the ability to access information on adaptive programming available in the sport and recreation community that encourage a clearly defined information resource leading to inclusive opportunities for participation at any point along the Long Term Athlete/Participant Development (LTA/PD) pathway.
The end user is anyone interested in accessing participation based information as to inclusive/accessible offerings, whether it is a program, facility or service. For example, a soccer program that offers inclusive adaptive openings, or a yoga program that accommodates accessible yoga instruction.
The project has been initiated through the financial support of both Alberta Sport Connection and Sport Canada through a bilateral funding opportunity that will allow this project to be developed and implemented over the 2018/19 timeframe.
CADS Alberta has partnered with an industry partner to create the AACT database to ensure the sustainable continuity of ongoing data management, and to ensure that all data is current and relevant to the participant, parent, caregiver, etc.
CADS Alberta is excited to be taking a leadership role in Alberta in creating an online solution that can assist all potential CADS Alberta participants, caregivers, family and friends; as well as the extended adaptive needs community for everyone requiring information of this nature across the province. We look forward to collaborating with our many partners and stakeholders in this initiative, include all provincial organizations, municipal interests and any services provider offering accessibility services in Alberta.
The database timeline is to see a live launch in January 2019. For information please contact AACT Database.