Become a Rider

Whether you want to learn how to ride or already know how, but want to compete, there are lots of ways to get involved in snowboarding. The province of Alberta has several clubs throughout the province offering programs. Check out the club page to find out more about each club.

There are several options to register with Alberta Snowboarding, here is an outline:

I want to become a member of a club

You would register yourself with the club of your choice, you can contact them directly to find out what their registration process is.

I want to compete but I don’t want to be a member of a club

In this case you can register yourself for your membership at the Canada~Snowboard website. If you are competing in you have to get a competitive membership, when you are competing at a FIS-level you will need to purchase a FIS license and additional SAIP insurance to be covered during travel.

I am just starting as a rider and am not sure if I’ll compete

If you are not a member of one of our clubs, and you are not sure that you want to compete, you can sign up as a recreational rider. If you decide during the season you want to upgrade to a competitive membership, the difference in fees will be charged to you.

I would like to know what the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is for Snowboarders

Canada~Snowboard and Alberta Snowboarding have been working hard on creating and implementing the LTAD. At the Canada~Snowboard website you will find more information, if you would like a copy of the document you can contact our office. The events that Alberta Snowboarding organizes are from stage 3 – 5 riders, where the Royal Boardshop Series are a perfect example of a stage 3 competition, the Alberta Series leaning more towards Stage 4 and the provincial championships 4-5. National championships would be considered stage 5/6.

I have a disability, can I still participate?

Of course you can! All clubs accept athletes with a disability, so you can check any of your clubs and explain to them that you might need an adjusted program in order to suit your needs. Also, we partner with CADS and Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre, and encourage athletes to learn to ride there and make their move over to our programs once ready! All our events are open for Para~Snowboarders, if you wish to pursuit your paralympic dream, the sport to get involved in is Snowboardcross. All the Alberta series are open for adaptive snowboarders, and there is also a National Championship for parasnowboarders.