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 daytrip cost?

The cost of a trip depends on where we go, whether you ski or snowshoe, and if you own your own equipment. During the season, we will post information about trips and costs on the Day Trips page or click here to view the printable PDF version. High Park Ski Club gets group discounts on trail tickets and we offer free lessons to all members. 

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 daytrip?

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

What special daytrip activities happen throughout the season?

Pack a lunch and your camera and get off the beaten path with backcountry 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!


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 is 8:00 pm on the Wednesday evening before your trip. After the deadline, your bus fee is non-refundable. 

If we cancel a trip (due to poor weather/ski conditions), you will receive a full refund 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 have to cancel 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 know if the trip is going or cancelled?

Final trip details are communicated Thursday evening or Friday morning in two ways:

  1. Day Trip Status page
  2. A confirmation email sent to all participants

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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