Winter activities for people with disabilities
With winter upon us, at least it now looks and feels like winter, we can think more about winter sports and recreational activities for people with disabilities. Toronto and its environs offer many outdoor winter pursuits adapted or modified for all abilities. Over the next few weeks we’ll be profiling a few winter sports and where to find them.
Skiing (Alpine and Nordic)
For those of you looking to try downhill (Alpine) or cross-country (Nordic) skiing this winter here are a couple of organizations that offer ski lessons for youth and adults. CADS Ontario is the provincial chapter of CADS Canada (Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing), and has been operating for over 30 years and helping hundreds of para athletes pursue the sport of alpine skiing. Operating in over 7 programs along with a Learn to Race and Provincial Race Team, there is plenty of opportunity for everyone. Find out more by visiting their website at CADS Ontario. Another organization specializing in adapted skiing for youth is Track 3. Operating out of over 12 resorts across Ontario, Track 3 has a stellar reputation of offering alpine ski instruction to youth between the ages of 6-19. For more information visit their website at Track 3 Ontario. Nordic (or cross-country) skiing for persons with disabilities can be found on the Cross Country Ontario website in the Para Nordic Program.