Each Zone in CADS Alberta runs its program separately. There are currently six zones in Alberta, and a series of affiliates.
Last year more than 1100 members were registered in Alberta with over 400 students learning through all the programs.
Programs that are offered vary with each zone, so check the zone near your home to see what programs are offered. If the information is not there, please get in touch with the contact person for that particular zone.
Keep in mind that most communications are handled by volunteers and it might take a while for them to get back to you.
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CADS Calgary operates a Learn to Ski and Snowboard Program for persons with disabilities.
The program is dedicated to assisting individuals with a disability to lead richer and fuller lives through active participation in recreational and competitive skiing and snowboarding.
It is taught similar to the programs of Ski Schools that are located at most ski areas. The Program is registered with the Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance (CSIA), Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI), and has many certified CSIA, CASI and CADS Instructors.
The technique used to teach disabled persons is a modification of the CSIA or CASI Teaching Methodology.
Instructor Training & Certification is offered during the season. Clinics are operated weekly on Thursday evenings for the benefit of the volunteer instructors to help improve their skiing or snowboarding ability, as well as to learn tips on teaching and having fun.
sit ski, quad ski, bi ski, sledges, walkers, out riggers, and specialized adaptive equipment like ski-bra, hoola hoop, harness, poles, radios.
CP, paralysis, blind and visually impaired, developmentally delayed, mentally challenged, multiple disabilities, amputees and deaf.
Location of Program
This program runs in Calgary at Canada Olympic Park.
Chairperson: Kelly Hawkins
CADS Edmonton offers programs in both downhill skiing and snowboarding. Our programs are aimed at instructing individuals in our community with disabilities in the various adapted skiing techniques. Our volunteer instructors are trained in adaptive ski instruction as developed by the CADS national certifying body. CADS Edmonton is dedicated to creating an open community of athletes, instructors and supporters. We continue to celebrate a love of sport in all of its forms.
P.O. Box #35073
10818 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0B7
The Lethbridge Zone has program has been running for 15 seasons at Castle Mountain (Alberta). Volunteers of this program have experience with most disabilities.
Stats for the program
The Learn to Ski Program regularly receives 20 to 25 students each season (limited enrollment) with approximately 70 volunteers. Volunteer Clinic first full weekend in January (two days).
Students have lessons every Saturday following Volunteer Clinic for 8 consecutive weeks.
Chairperson Darryl Medoruma
Phone: (403) 327-7956
Contact: John Smith
For 2018-19, CADS Alberta has shifted its focus from a provincial team program to that of a
provincial competition strategy. As a provincial sport organization, CADS Alberta believes that supporting the local zone programs that deliver the on-the-snow experience in both alpine skiing and snowboarding are the core to the delivery of long term skier/rider development, which includes the opportunity of recognizing individuals who advance from a fundamentals level of participation, and express an interest in trying new aspects of the sport, including learning to train
and becoming involved in competitions.
Both alpine skiing and snowboard have complete competition opportunities from grass roots programs through to both Paralympic and Special Olympic levels of competition. Our goal as CADS Alberta is to encourage our local zones to establish competition club programs that will receive a percentage of provincial support in areas such as coaching, equipment and training opportunities.
CADS Alberta is encouraging CADS knowledgeable volunteer instructors to gain training through the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation by taking an Entry Level Coaching course, that also includes a Para-Module for alpine skiing. At this point, snowboard is developing a competition strategy over the year to follow.
CADS Alberta believes that it is important to provide opportunities for improvement in sport, and will introduce entry level competition events through to base level IPCAS and IPCSB (International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing and Snowboard) competition opportunities.
Working closely with Alpine Canada and Canada Snowboard, CADS Alberta believes that Alberta, it’s ski areas and it’s tradition of competition excellence will develop new athletes who can enjoy and excel in a quality competition setting.
Alberta is hosting the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta, of which Para-alpine skiing will be an event. The competitions in Para-Alpine Skiing will take place February 26-28 at Nakiska Ski Resort. Our goal is to see athletes developed from across the province and showing the potential to compete at the CWG’s level to possibly represent Alberta at those Games.
But to get it all started, CADS Alberta will focus on supporting a competition structure that involves outreach to all regions of the province in developing both CADS zone program clubs and opportunities for inclusive involvement with club programs in the province.
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Competition Zone / Club Resources
David Holmes Bursary Program
CADS Alberta David Holmes Memorial Bursary – Student Lesson Fees
David Holmes was an active CADS skier from 1992-2008. David faced some difficult challenges in his life. He dealt with these challenges with courage and patience, enjoying an active life that included skiing, swimming and music. Skiing fulfilled an important need for movement and speed for David. Skiing was not easy for David, but the experience was worth it! In all of David’s challenges; David and his family enjoyed skiing and his Friday evenings with the CADS community. In memory of David, a fund has been set up so that others may share the same great experience that David did!
THERE ARE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF GRANTS AVAILABLE, SO APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT EARLY!
Rocky Mountain Adaptive
Rocky Mountain Adaptive (RMA) is a newly formed Not for profit Society, with the primary aim to provide all individuals with disabilities the chance to access all sporting and recreational activities in the Canadian Rockies.
Based in Canmore, Alberta, Rocky Mountain Adaptive will be making strides to enable children and adults with any physical, intellectual or cognitive impairment to participate in all the fantastic sports and adventure activities that are available in the stunningly beautiful Bow Valley, including Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and its surrounding areas.
Sunshine Village, Banff
Sunshine Village is delighted to introduce the Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard School Adaptive Ski Program. The program is designed to make skiing and snowboarding in the spectacular Canadian Rockies available to disabled individuals of all abilities.
The program has been developed by a core of individuals, determined to enable people with disabilities, to come and experience snow sports.
Our experienced, trained and certified Instructors from our Ski & Snowboard School are ready to introduce and enhance your snow sports skills as they assist you on some of the best terrain on the mountain.
We will endeavor to facilitate a skiing/snowboarding experience to a wide range of physical, cognitive and development impairments, and have lessons and equipment to cater to all abilities from Never Evers to Experts.
Find out more HERE