Disability Groups

CADS lessons are available to people with a variety of challenges including:

  • cognitively disabled and learning disabled
  • visually impaired
  • hearing impaired
  • paraplegic and quadriplegic
  • amputees
  • disabilities related to Cerebral Palsy and other muscular disorders
  • a combination of any of the above.

Students are assessed individually at the time of registration by our Ski School Supervisors to determine which ski group is most appropriate for them depending on their abilities and needs.

The Ski School is organized into the following groups:

  • Developmentally Disabled (DD) – appropriate for people with Downs Syndrome and other cognitive delays that include below average/decreased ability to learn or to retain old and new skills. Students are taught ski/snowboard concepts and skills by breaking tasks into small segments supported by lots of repetition.
  • Learning Disabled (LD) – usually for people who are able-bodied with average or higher intelligence but who have a learning or behavioral difficulties that interfere with their ability to learn new skills or attend to instruction such as:
    • ADD/ADHD
    • Asperger’s
    • Autism
    • Dyslexia
    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    • Persuasive Defiant Disorder
    • Tourette’s Syndrome
    • FASD
  • Blind – available to people who have total visual impairment or who have partial sight of 6/60 or 20% field of vision. Students are paired with a guide(s).
  • Deaf – for people with total or partial hearing impairment.
  • 3-Track & 4-Track – may be appropriate for:
    • single above knee or below knee amputees with a prosthesis (4-track) or without (3-track)
    • double below knee amputees with prosthesis
    • people affected by Polio or Cerebral Palsy who require braces
  • Sit-Ski – for people affected by paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia). Students are equipped with a sit-ski (mono-ski or bi-ski) and tethered from behind.
  • Mountain Top (Advanced)
  • Mountain Ski Club