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CADS Long Term Participant & Athlete Development

CADS ensures participants continue receiving value and development over the course of their involvment. In fact, many of our students discover such a sense of belonging during their involvment, they continue on to become instructors and volunteers with CADS themsleves. Our history and longevity in the ski and snowboard community over the last 48 years, allows us to see our students grow up and become the very best they can be, on and off the hills.

Sport Development

Alpine Canada, Carving the Future

Adaptive Snowsports supports and encourages over 2,100 participants living with disabilities to be active for life and to work towards long-term development. CADS also supports over 1,600 certified instructors and over 1,500 volunteers to fully participate and to develop their skills to achieve their personal peak. In 2016 Alpine Canada Signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CADS to make them the official provider of development programs for the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team.
By working directly with CADS we are able to provide resources and expertise to the entire CADS network for little to no cost. We also offer a five-day Learn to Race program that is coached by national team and provincial team coaches at the year-end CADS festival each season and provide multiple coach education opportunities at different clubs across the country.

Para-Snowboard Program

Canada Snowboard, in partnership with the Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS) has created the Para-Snowboard Program, specifically designed for individuals with disabilities.

The Program is divided into three levels: Learn, Train and Win.

Each level focuses on different aspects of skill development with the goal of fostering both lifelong para-snowboard participants and athletes capable of winning on the international stage.

Below is a link to learn more about Para snowboarding in Canada. The link provides the pathway for athletes and coaches to develop from first interaction to podium performance. It includes essential information such as classification protocols, eligible impairments, and the necessary equipment to kickstart your journey in Para Snowboard.

CADS Athletes and Students

Figures based on disability

Physical Disabilities
Visual Impairments
Autism Spectrum Disorder & Cognitive Impairments

CADS Inspirations

Don't take our word for it!

My son Jamie participates in CADS because he needs a little extra help on the hill. CADS has helped him get past the challenges of autism and find freedom and success on the hill. CADS has been a life changer not only for Jamie, but for our whole family!

Jamie's Mom

I loved getting to meet all sorts of different people, and getting to know my CADS Ski Instructors at Festival. They were so kind, helpful, and so much fun to be around. Now... let’s talk about that award. Canadian Skier of the year! Never in a million years did I think I would receive an award like that in my life. I still struggle to wrap my mind around it! It was a great honor, and certainly a huge surprise.

Kate Gibbs

The 'all inclusive nature' of the CADS organization (Instructors, volunteers, athletes and families) are diverse, and we truly felt that all were inclusive. There seemed to be no judgement of others. This is something most groups strive for, but as you know rarely can achieve.

Karen and Brad Benoit

Canadian Adaptive Snowsports

Fun Inclusion Respect

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  • 604-813-7607
  • 1100-1200 West 73rd Avenue,
    Vancouver BC, V6P6G5

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