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 CADS (Canadian Adaptive Snowsports) provides opportunities for people with disabilities to experience the freedom of skiing and snowboarding across Canada.

CADS is a national sports association that is recognized both nationally and internationally, with over 5,200 active members with a disability, volunteers & certified instructors from across all regions of Canada and a mission to develop and promote adaptive snow sports through partnerships, training, and instructor certification programs. CADS, directly and through its CADS Divisions and CADS Local Programs provide opportunities for people with disabilities in Canada to experience the joy of participating and/or competing in alpine adaptive snow sports.

For the past 40 years of its history, CADS has touched the lives of thousands of individuals , families and their communities both on and off slope through the impacts that adaptive snowsports has on the life of a person with disabilities. CADS is recognized within the sporting community as providing sports for life and high quality programs and enhanced physical literacy for persons with a disability. Our annual CADS Ski & Snowboard Festival is a week-long ski & snowboard improvement festival that draws about 210+ volunteer instructors and persons with disabilities from all across the country and is a magical experience for all participants. 

CADS  specialized and tailored training and instructor certification programs meet the specific requirements and needs of people whose lives are affected by disabilities including people with: 


  • Visual Impairments

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder & Cognitive Impairments

  •  Physical Impairments

These programs are offered across Canada with our 10 CADS Divisions and 67 Programs.



CADS Charity # 11882 9019 RR 0001

Our Vision 

To be recognized nationally and internationally for its leadership in adaptive snowsports.

Our Mission

We provide opportunities for people with disabilities to experience the joy of participating and competing in adaptive snowsports. CADS does this by developing and promoting adaptive snowsports through partnerships, training, and instructor certification programs.


Lesley Binnion Bursaries 

The Lesley Binnion Foundation was created to provide support for disabled students and athletes to assist them in perusing adaptive sports. CADS was honored to be able to offer to our CADS students again this year the Lesley Binnion Bursaries for New Festival attendees.

Grass Roots Initiative

MEC gift cards, valued up to $200, enable grassroots groups to raise funds or reward volunteers. Your organization must be dedicated to inspiring and enabling our community of outdoor enthusiasts while stewarding responsible environmental practices.


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