About

The Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) – Calgary is the local zone of CADS National and is also affiliated with CADS Alberta, the provincial division. We are a volunteer-based organization currently with approximately 500 members. Our main objective is to promote adaptive skiing and snowboarding by teaching people witn disabilities how to ski or snowboard using adaptive skills and equipment tailored to their needs.

Our program consists of eight two-hour lessons which typically run in January and February on Friday evenings at Canada Olympic Park. Students receive instruction from from volunteer instructors who have received special training in adaptive skiing/snowboarding strategies through CADS, CASI and CSIA programs.

Our Vision

As a nationally registered charitable organization, CADS is dedicated to assisting individuals with a disability to lead richer and fuller lives through active participation in recreational and competitive skiing and snowboarding.

The Calgary Zone is a non-profit organization managed by a local Board of Directors who are elected at the CADS Calgary Annual General Meeting each spring. Tax receipts for donations made to CADS Calgary are issued through CADS Alberta.

History of CADS National

1976: Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) established in April. Jerry Johnston assumes duties as President and Executive Director.

1978: Jerry Johnston becomes full time Executive Coordinator of CADS.

1979: CADS receives Federal Charter as non-profit organization.

1980: Canadian Disabled Alpine Ski Team takes part in the 2nd Paralympic Games for the Disabled at Geilo, Norway and wins its first gold medal for Canada.

1980: Shell Canada begins major sponsorship of Canadian Disabled Ski Championships as a part of the Shell Cup Series. Television coverage of competition begins on CBC-TV.

1980: Athletes from France, Sweden Japan, Austria, West Germany, Australia and United States make Canadian Disabled Skiing Championships a major international event.

1980: CADS assists with formation of Provincial Associations – (Divisions). There are 10 Divisions across Canada.

1982: Canada continues to have success in International Competitions as more medals are added to World Championship in Switzerland.

1984: RJR Macdonald assumes sponsorship of Canadian Disabled Skiing Championships and continued through 1988 when Bill C-S 1 restricted further participation. Television coverage switches to CTV’s Wide World of Sport.