Skiing is for Everyone!

SKIING WITH A DIFFERENCE…TOGETHER

Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS) is dedicated to assisting individuals with a disability lead richer and fuller lives through active participation in recreational and competitive alpine snowsports while fostering a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction for the volunteer/instructor.

The outdoor activity of skiing, whether it be a ski trip to a mountain ski area or a ski week at a local ski area, provides an ideal opportunity for individuals with a disability to integrate meaningfully in a positive and rewarding way with their peers.

Skiing has proven itself to be an extremely user-friendly sport for persons with a physical or intellectual disability.  Alpine skiing is accessible to persons who are visually and/or hearing impaired (partially or totally), amputees, paraplegics, quadriplegics, as well as those who have spina bifida, cerebral palsy or a coordination / balance / mobility loss from a  brain injury and cognitive disability to name just a few of the disabilities that can participate.

CADS has developed training and certification programs using adaptive techniques and specialized equipment that has been developed such that even those with zero mobility can and should participate. With certified instructors and adaptations to equipment, even those with multiple disabilities can enjoy skiing.

Adaptive skiing is quite simply a caring, therapeutic happening between individuals who enjoy an adventure. It just seems to bring out the best of the student, the instructor and their supportive friends.  Skiing allows an excitement and fluidity of motion, rarely accessible to persons with a disability.  It provides an opportunity to develop a skill, the mastery of which, helps develop the personal confidence required to face, accept, and challenge the realities of day-to-day living.

For some, it opens the door to the possibility of having fun; for others, it provides a very special camaraderie, not otherwise possible or available.  For some, it’s return to living; for others, it’s a spur to go on and tackle the unknown!

For more information www.cads.ski

Adaptive Skiing Equipment

There are many types of adaptive equipment to assist an individual to participate in the sport of Alpine Skiing. A brief list would include but not limited to:

Please Contact the resorts directly to find out about available services or visit the CADS Program website to find a program near you.