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About Our Program

The CADS Calgary Ski School offers an annual series of two-hour lessons that run from January to March typically on Sunday evenings from 7-9 pm at Canada Olympic Park. There may be occasional Saturday lesson nights also.

Students learn to ski or snowboard using adaptive equipment and strategies that follow CSIA and CASI progression and skill development. Ultimately, our goal is to help our students become proficient enough to ski or board with family and friends on their own time!

Lessons are taught by volunteer instructors who have completed the CADS training program; many are also certified CADS, CSIA or CASI instructors. Most new students receive one-on-one instruction however, over time, many move on to small group instruction as their skills progress. For our advanced students, mountain day trips, racing and ski club opportunities are also available (scroll below for more information).

We take great care in the student-instructor matching process to ensure that each student receives the individual attention they need to enjoy their skiing or snowboarding experience and to have fun while learning these skills.

The CADS Calgary program is registered with the Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance (CSIA), Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI).

Our program is available to people with a wide range of disabilities. For details on the disabilities we serve and how our ski school is organized, click here.

Mountain Day Trips

An extension of our regular lesson series is an optional student day trip to Nakiska. Towards the end lessons, a trip to Nakiska is organized for students who have proven their ability to ski or board competently from the top of COP. This is an exciting and fun annual event for students and instructors alike! Click here to visit the Mountain Day Trip page.

Mountain Ski Club

The Mountain Ski Club may be a good option for advanced students who no longer require one-on-one instruction and who can ski independently with minor supervision. The club, provided with the help of the Calgary Seniors Alpine Ski Club, gives these students the opportunity for recreational skiing in a small group on Sunday evenings. Each group is accompanied by one or two members of the seniors ski club. Instruction is not provided – the goal is to provide a means for students to enjoy a night of social skiing.