High Park Ski Club

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General Day Trip Information

Where does High Park Ski Club ski and snowshoe?

We ski and snowshoe at destinations within a 2-3-hour drive from Toronto. Most offer groomed ski trails, marked snowshoe trails, rentals, and a cafeteria for lunch. Others (such as Provincial Parks) offer more rustic environments, set amongst rivers and lakes. Click here for descriptions of the resorts.

Our day trips are for both skiers and snowshoers, as you can do both sports at all the resorts we visit. There are many members who enjoy both throughout the season.

How much does a day trip cost?

The cost of a trip depends on where we go, whether you ski or snowshoe, and if you own your own equipment. If you have your own gear, a trip generally costs about $50. If you need to rent, it generally costs $70-80. Click here to view the 2018-2019 prices.

How does this compare to going on your own? Keep in mind that it cost about $30 in gas to drive to a resort, and you don't get group discounts on trail tickets and rentals. We also offer free lessons to all members; introductory lessons at a resort would can cost $80 for just one lesson. With HPSC, you can take lessons on every single trip, which means your skiing will improve much faster. 

Where and when do I get the bus?

  • Bloor & Indian Road
  • Yonge & Davenport
  • Yonge & Eglinton
  • Yonge & York Mills
  • Hwy 7 & 400 (Sundays and 2-bus trips)
  • Bay & Queen's Quay (2-bus trips only)

Generally, the bus leaves Bloor & Indian Road at 7:50am SHARP and arrives at Hwy 7 and 400 at 8:45am. Be at the bus stop 10 minutes before scheduled departure. Click here for detailed directions and departure times.

What happens on a typical day trip?

Check out our handy guide to see how a High Park Ski Club day trip unfolds.

What special day trip activities happen throughout the season?

Pack a lunch and your camera and get off the beaten path with back country ski touring! With a guide and small group, you’re sure to have fun in the woods.

Test yourself and your new ski skills in our fun race series! Our races are all about fun, and often have a twist thrown in (frisbee biathlon is an annual tradition). Check out our race schedule or talk to the race director on the bus for more information.

What better way to end a day out skiing and snowshoeing than dinner at a nearby restaurant with a busload of your closest friends? Join us for the two dinner trips we host every season.

Our trips to Arrowhead Provincial Park and Georgian Nordic feature potluck dinners on the bus ride home. Not only are we talented skiers, but we are also talented chefs!

During the season, we offer fun social additions to some trips. How does “Death by Chocolate” for Valentine’s Day sound? A New Year’s Eve champagne celebration? Downhill Crossover Day wine and cheese? Join us for the fun!

What are Test Drives?

Test drives are trips where non-members can sign up to try out the club. We have two test drive trips every season at the beginning of January.

To register for a test drive, look at the calendar or events window and find the trip you want to join. Select that trip and follow the instructions to register as a test drive (i.e., as a non-member). You will pay for the bus, trail pass, and rentals (if needed) using your credit card, and answer questions about your pick-up location and lessons. You will receive a confirmation email. Show up at the bus pickup location of your choice and have fun!

What are "bring a friend" days?

On select cross-country day trips, members may bring ONE person who is not a member. These trips are denoted in the schedule as "bring a friend" trips. Guests may only come on ONE trip per season (even if they know multiple club members). If they like skiing with the club, encourage them to join!

Guests must be 21 years of age or older, and the member must accompany their guest on the day trip.

Instructions on how to register your guest are below in the "day trip registration policies" section.


Day Trip Registration Policies

How do I register for a day trip?

  1. Sign in with the username and password you received when you joined the club.
  2. Look at the calendar or events window and find the trip you want to join.
  3. Select that trip and follow the instructions to register. You will pay for the bus, trail pass, and rentals (if needed) using your credit card, and answer questions about your pick-up location and lessons.
  4. You will receive an email confirmation with your registration.

Registration closes at 6:00 pm on the Thursday before each trip. Trips may sell out, so we suggest you register early. If a trip is sold out, keep checking in case a spot opens up.

Can I cancel a booking?

Yes, you can cancel your registration online. The deadline to cancel is 8:00 pm on the Wednesday evening before your trip. There is a $5 cancellation fee to cover administration costs. After the deadline, your bus fee is non-refundable. 

To cancel a trip, send an email to cancellations@hpsc.ca before the deadline listed above. Please include the trip number, destination and your name in the subject line. Please repeat that in the body of the email along with the invoice number from the initial registration email you received. HPSC only accepts cancellations done following this procedure.

If we cancel a trip (due to poor weather/ski conditions), you will receive a full refund on your credit card.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for refunds to show up on your credit card.

What if I am a no-show on a trip?

We understand that life sometimes gets in the way and you may not be able to come at the last minute. In this case, the cost of your bus seat is non-refundable, but your unused trail fee and rental fees (if applicable) will be refunded.

How do I register a guest on a designated "bring a friend" trip?

HPSC members must register and pay for their guest, including the $20 guest fee. While members can sign up for trips at any time up until the registration deadline (Thursday at 6pm before a weekend trip), they can only register their guest beginning at 12:01am on the Thursday before the trip they want to go on. This provides one day for guest registration, ensuring that our members are given the first opportunity to register for trips. If your guest is keen to ski with club, encourage them to join so that they get first opportunity to register for trips.  

To register your guest, first register yourself on the trip. Then, after 12:01am on the Thursday prior to the trip, find the event again and click "New Registration." You will then be given the option of registering your guest. 

You must print the club waiver and bring it to the bus for your guest to sign and hand in to the bus captain. Guests without a signed waiver will be denied participation. You must be present on the trip with your guest; you are responsible for ensuring that your guest follows club policies and procedures. 


How do I register for a Wednesday trip?

Wednesday trips are a little different. Essentially cross-country skiers and snowshoers are hitching a ride with the downhill bus. The bus will drop the downhill skiers off first, then drop off the cross-country skiers.

To register, click on the downhill trip on the calendar or event listing. (On the cross-country schedule, you will find the alpine trip number; the number starts with an "A"). You will register online, paying only for the bus. Once you arrive at the resort, you will pay for your own trail pass and rentals. 

How do I know if the trip is going or cancelled?

Final trip details are communicated Thursday evening or Friday morning on the Day Trip Status Page. Check this page prior to your trip. 

What if I want to drive to the resort?

You can drive up to the resort, but you’ll be missing out on the advantages of the bus trip – visiting with friends on the way up, sleeping on the way home, and our group discounts on the trail pass and rentals.

If you drive, do not register online for the day trip. You will be responsible for buying your own trail pass and rentals. To request a lesson, send an email to xcskischool@hpsc.ca by Thursday at 6 pm before the day trip. Tell us what style (classic or skate) and what level you want for your lesson. This is essential to ensure we have enough instructors on the bus. If you do not email the ski school, we cannot guarantee you a lesson. Lessons generally start 30 minutes after the bus arrives (approx. 10:30-11am) and generally meets in front of the chalet. If you have a change of plans and are no longer able to attend, please let the ski school know at xcskischool@hpsc.ca as soon as possible.


Lessons

Can I take lessons?

Yes, you can take free ski lessons from highly qualified instructors on every trip. Click here for more information on lessons and our ski school. To learn more about the various cross-country techniques, click here for our guide. 

What level should I be in?

HPSC offers a both classic and skate levels from absolute beginner to intermediate/advanced. On your first daytrip, an instructor will chat with you on the bus about your experience and skill level and place you in the appropriate class. Click here for more information on lessons and our ski school.

I forgot to sign up for a lesson during registration, can I still take one?

Yes, you can still take a lesson. An instructor will talk to everyone on the bus about lessons and sign you up.

Can I take a lesson if I drive up?

Yes, members can take lessons if they drive up. To request a lesson, send an email to xcskischool@hpsc.ca by Thursday at 6 pm before the day trip. Tell us what style (classic or skate) and what level you want for your lesson. This is essential to ensure we have enough instructors on the bus. If you do not email the ski school, we cannot guarantee you a lesson. Lessons generally start 30 minutes after the bus arrives (approx. 10:30-11am) and generally meets in front of the chalet. If you have a change of plans and are no longer able to attend, please let the ski school know at xcskischool@hpsc.ca as soon as possible.

Do you offer snowshoe lessons?

There are no snowshoe lessons, but we often offer guided snowshoeing. Our experienced guides can offer tips for navigating the snowshoe trails.


Equipment and Clothing

Can I rent skis and snowshoes?

Yes! Most of the resorts we visit offer rental equipment (classic skis, skate skis, and snowshoes). This is a great option if you are just starting out. On the rare occasion that a destination doesn’t offer rentals, we will give enough notice so that you can rent in the city (e.g., at MEC).

On day trips, one of our instructors will take the renters to get their equipment.

What equipment and clothing do I need to ski and snowshoe?


To cross-country ski, you need:

  • Skis & bindings
  • Poles
  • Boots
  • Proper clothing

To snowshoe, you need:

  • Snow boots
  • Snowshoes
  • Proper clothing

Cross-country skiers and snowshoers dress a lot like runners. Breathable layers are key to staying warm and comfortable. To learn more, download our guide.

What should I bring with me on a daytrip?

You will need your ski equipment, the right clothing, and food/water. Click here to download our handy guide.

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