Over the past week we've hosted future para-alpine skiers from across Canada and the world for the 39th Annual Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) Festival. The week long event comprised of two major events - the ski improvement and race development program and the Canadian National Para-Alpine Championships.
Over 100 upcoming para-alpine skiers of all ages and abilities hit the Sun Peaks slopes for a week of ski improvement and racing development sessions. Some of the best para-athletes in Canada were on hand to coach the athletes, including Josh Dueck, an Alpine Canada team member who was the first ever person to complete a back-flip in a sit ski! The festival also included a number of fun activities and events such as dual penguin races, a guestimation slalom race and a fundraiser movie night for Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks.
As well as welcoming the future generation of para athletes, we also hosted the world’s best para-alpine racers who were competing for top honors ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Russia. For those of you fortunate enough to witness these athletes in action as they raced down OSV you couldn’t help but be completely inspired by not only their amazing abilities but their dedication to overcome obstacles and to succeed at the sport.
I think athletes, instructors, volunteers and guests would all agree that it was a hugely successful festival that really showcased the value and importance of adaptive snow sports. To top it all off we were blessed with endless sunny days and fabulous spring skiing conditions all week long! For more information about Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks click here.