Canada Winter Games 2019

Red Deer, Alberta is the host city of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, with Alpine and Para-Alpine events being hosted at Nakiska, Alberta.

As a home province Games, CADS Alberta is excited to be preparing to field a group of athletes and coaches who will represent Para-Alpine as members of Team Alberta.

Below you will find information about the Games and qualification information. A December Team Selection camp is being planned for December 11-13 of which details will be posted at the end of July, 2018. Questions can be directed to CWGs CADS Alberta Team Alberta.


Alpine skiing has been a prominent part of the Canada Games since its inception in 1967 in Québec City. It has remained a part of every Canada Winter Games with the exception of Prince Edward Island in 1991. Para-alpine made its debut at the Canada Winter Games in 2011.


The Alberta Para-Alpine Team once again captured the top of the podium as they took home both the Women’s and Men’s Gold medals on Wednesday, February 27 in the Canada Winter Games Slalom!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – Slalom

After taking home 3 podiums, including both Gold medals in the Giant Slalom, the Alberta Para-Alpine Team continued to dominate the top of the podium, successfully capturing the remaining two Gold medals in Wednesday’s Slalom.

Hanna Chilson had an exceptional two run performance in taking Gold in the women’s slalom, while both her teammates did not complete the challenging course.


Ethan Gillese waited following a great final run with guide Kirk Schornstein as fellow Albertan Spencer Allen charged the final pitch, only to go out of the course, losing a ski that did not allow him to finish the second run. Ethan realized at that point that he had captured the 4th Alberta Para-Alpine Gold medal in two days of Canada Winter Games competition at Nakiska.


The Alberta Para-Alpine team of six athletes certainly shared the Golden wealth, as four different athletes took home Gold after the two days. An amazing performance by Team Alberta! Congratulations to all our athletes, guides and coaches who represented CADS Alberta with a great deal of pride and teamwork!



Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – Giant Slalom

Tess Beasant led the charge capturing the Gold medal in the Giant Slalom, with team members Hanna Chilson claiming the Bronze medal and Anya Morgan rounding out Alberta’s strong showing with a 5th place finish.

The Alberta Para-Alpine Men continued the podium chase, with Spencer Allen and guide Sophie Morrish taking home the Gold medal, and Ethan Gillese and his guide Kirk Schornstein just missing a podium spot coming in 4th with some great skiing. Matt Afaganis and his guide Madeleine Luntley, who were having a great run, had some bad luck on the final pitch and went out of the course, not finishing.


The team was thrilled with their performance, supported by a large crowd cheering them on, and they are now ready for Wednesday’s Slalom event. The events, hosted at Nakiska Alberta, finish Wednesday.

Team Alberta – Para-Alpine:

Athletes (Female) – Tess Beasant, Hanna Chilson, Anya Morgan

Athletes (Male) – Matt Afaganis, Spencer Allen, Ethan Gillese

Visually Impaired Guides – Madeleine Luntley, Sophie Morrish, Kirk Schornstein

Coaches – Amelia Gillese, Jamie McCulloch

We wish Team Alberta all the best representing our province, and hope that everyone comes out to Nakiska to support our athletes and support staff!
The Canada Winter Games have been a target for CADS Alberta as part of its 2016-19 Long Term Strategy and it is exciting to announce the Para-Alpine Team Alberta members who will be competing February 26 and 27 at Nakiska as part of a growing provincial competition program.

Please go to the CWGs page for details.