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.
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 the resorts around Barrie, and you don't get group discounts on trail tickets and rentals. We also offer free lessons to all members. Introductory packages at resorts like Hardwood and Horseshoe cost about $60-70 for a lesson (just an hour), trail pass and rentals. No transportation. You also don't get the opportunity to take more advanced lessons. With HPSC, you can take lessons on every single trip, which means you can eventually take more advanced lessons and your skiing will improve dramatically, meaning you can have more fun exploring more of the trail systems.
See our pick up locations page for more precise information on location.
The exact pick up times will be communicated on the day trip status page for each trip. Be sure to check the night before. Be at the bus stop 10 minutes before scheduled departure. Click here for detailed directions to the locations.
Check out our handy guide to see how a High Park Ski Club day trip unfolds.
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!
This year, for something new, we are offering select Wednesday trips on our schedule. These are combo trips with downhill, and the bus will drop off the cross-country skiers after it drops off the downhill skiers.
Wednesday trips are different from our weekend trips:
1. These trips are run by downhill. You will register on the downhill event.
2. There are NO lessons.
3. Cross-country skiers must pay for their own trail passes and rentals at the resort.
4. The bus leaves earlier - at 330pm sharp.
If you don't have to work during the week, take advantage of these trips to ski on quiet trails! More information on how to register can be found below under Day Trip Registration Policies.
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!
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.
If the bus isn't full, we allow what we call "walk-ons". A walk-on is a person who hasn't registered comes to a pick up location and gets on the bus and joins the trip. Walk-ons pay for their trip on the bus in cash. Ensure you bring enough cash to cover all the fees! In addition to the trip fees, there is a $10 walk-on fee.
We post on the day trip status page whether or not walk-ons are allowed, and at what pick up locations. Check the day trip status page if you are interested in joining the trip, but didn't register on time.
Registration closes at 6:00 pm on the Thursday before each trip. Trips may sell out, so we suggest you register early. If we have to cancel the trip due to bad conditions or low interest, you will simply get a full refund. If a trip is sold out, keep checking in case a spot opens up.
Yes, you can cancel your registration online. The deadline to cancel without penalty is 8:00 pm on the Wednesday evening before your trip. After the deadline, your bus fee is non-refundable.
To cancel a trip, send an email to email@example.com 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.
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.
If you registered with a bus voucher but don't show on a trip, your account will be charged $30, which you will need to pay online. You can then use your voucher on another trip.
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.
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 (usually around 1030am). At the end of the day, the bus will pick the cross-country skiers up first (be ready to board the bus at 330pm sharp!) and then will go pick up the downhill skiers.
Cross-country skiers are responsible for paying for their own trail passes and rentals (if necessary). You will only pay for the bus when you register online for the trip.
To register, click on the trip on the day trip registration page. Choose the Wednesday trip you want, and you will see link in the trip description that will take you to the downhill event registration page. You will register online, paying only for the bus, and indicating that you are a cross-country skier.
This is new for us, so please do not hesitate to email us with questions!
The day trips team pays close attention to the weather and conditions at the resorts when deciding to run a trip or not. We will find the best conditions, even if its not the resort we are scheduled to go to. If nowhere is skiable, then we will cancel and you get a full refund. Let us worry about conditions. You worry about registering! If people don't register, the trips won't run, even if we get a dump of snow right before the registration deadline.
Final trip details are communicated Thursday evening or Friday morning on the Day Trip Status Page. Check this page prior to your trip. You need to log in to the website to see this page. And email with these details will also be sent to all participants.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com as soon as possible.
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.
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.
The only ski school programs we request that you sign up for in advance are the classic beginners series and the beginner and advanced skate series, as we need to ensure we have enough instructors. If you are interested in these lessons series, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put "classic beginner series", "beginner skate series", or "advanced skate series" in the subject line. For all other programs, you can sign up during registration or on the bus.
Yes, you can still take a lesson. An instructor will talk to everyone on the bus about lessons and sign you up.
Yes, members can take lessons if they drive up. To request a lesson, send an email to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
There are no snowshoe lessons, but we often offer guided snowshoeing. Our experienced guides can offer tips for navigating the snowshoe trails.
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.
To cross-country ski, you need:
To snowshoe, you need:
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.
You will need your ski equipment, the right clothing, and food/water. Click here to download our handy guide.