CADS Alberta Slide & Ride | 2017-18

Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS) Alberta is partnering with CADS zones and Alberta ski resorts to offer the one day Slide & Ride try-it events across Alberta.

These events are FREE for all participants and volunteers! Participants and volunteers will receive prizes for being part of our events, and the focus is on families, friends and everyone to come out and participate.

Our goal is to encourage people with disabilities to try adaptive skiing or snowboarding as participants, and to create opportunities for involvement as participants or volunteers – anyone interested in being part of a fantastic winter sport!

Would YOU Like to LEARN HOW to Ski or Snowboard for FREE?

  • Have you ever wanted to learn how to alpine ski or snowboard and have a disability?
  • 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?

This is your chance to take part in the one day event held at different ski and snowboard locations across Alberta. Whether you want to join us to get more information and see what it’s all about or try your skills on the hill, we have something for everyone including parents, friends, caregivers and health care professionals!



Registration is Now Open for CADS Alberta Slide & Ride Events!

Please SELECT and CLICK on the appropriate registration type below:


Please note that friends, family and caregivers are welcome to attend, and we ask that you register as a volunteer. Its all FREE!!!


When registering for the event there will be a one day CADS membership and medical emergency form to complete.

Are you interested in finding out more? Please contact Nadia Smith by email at:


Upcoming 2017-18 Slide & Ride Events!

November 25, 2017 (Registration Deadlines – November 24 online and November 25 on-site)
Rabbit Hill Snow Resort, Edmonton, Alberta

January 6, 2018 (Registration Deadline – Is now open until January 5 online!)
Hidden Valley Ski Resort, Medicine Hat, Alberta

January 21, 2018 (Registration Deadline – January 17 online)
WinSport (Canada Olympic Park), Calgary, Alberta

January 28, 2018 (Registration Deadline – January 21 online)
Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort, Cold Lake, Alberta

February 10, 2018 (Registration Deadline – February 3 online)
Pass PowderKeg, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

March 11, 2018 (Registration Deadline – March 7 online)
Canyon Ski Resort, Red Deer, Alberta

March 17, 2018 – (Registration Deadline – March 11 online) – Note that this event replaces the February 3, 2018 event which was cancelled.
Nitehawk Adventure Park, Grande Prairie, Alberta


Our Slide & Ride Sponsors!



The Slide & Ride Team

Ozzie Sawicki – CADS Alberta Program Director

Ozzie oversees all the CADS Alberta programs and the Slide & Ride Program. He is instrumental in applying for funding grants and starting the initiative of the Slide & Ride Program. Ozzie will be on site at the events to assist in various ways. He will be our main point of contact with the media such as journalists, television interviews, photographers and will be available to share his passion of the sport.

If you would like to reach Ozzie please email: or phone 403-651-4000

Nadia Smith – Slide and Ride Program Coordinator & Alpine Program Coach/Instructor

Nadia Smith first heard of CADS when completing an internship at the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre in Therapeutic Recreation. She started volunteering with the CADS-National Capital Division in 2005 and when she moved out West she joined the CADS Calgary group in 2010.

She has been involved with adaptive skiing in various ways for both Para-Alpine and Para-Nordic. Nadia is currently certified as a CSIA level 2, CSCF Development Level, Para-Alpine Entry level, CADS Level 2 (old) and is dedicated in pursuing continuous education and training.

Nadia is working closely with Ozzie and Thom to create a successful experience for all involved in the Slide & Ride Programs in Alberta. We look forward to meeting everyone and enjoying our time together while sharing our passion of skiing and snowboarding.

Please contact Nadia Smith with any questions or registration information for the Slide & Ride Program by email:

Thomas Griffith – Facilitator & Slide and Ride Snowboard Program Coach/Instructor

Thom will be available at the Slide & Ride events to share his knowledge and passion about adaptive snowboarding. Thom will work closely with Ozzie, Nadia and the CADS Zone leaders to ensure we have a lot of fun at the events.

Thomas Griffith has been with CADS Calgary for 13 seasons. Working with various levels of the organization from Calgary through National, Thom is working to create a snowboard specific certification pathway for CADS volunteers and instructors. He currently is certified as a CASI level 2, CADS Level 2 (new) and has been a learning facilitator for Canada Snowboard’s Adaptive FUNdamentals coaching courses.

With an emphasis on safe, fun learning environments, the Slide & Ride events will be a great way to grow the snowboard side of para-sport and create opportunities for lifelong recreational riders in Alberta.

If you would like to contact Thom please email:

Contact CADS Alberta

11759 Groat Road
Alberta T5M 3K6

Phone: +1 780 427 8104
Fax: +1 780 422 2663

CADS Alberta Charitable Donation Number:
13396 7406 RR0001