High Park Ski Club

Explore a world of snowy trails and serene landscapes on skis. With our free lessons you'll be gliding along trails in tranquil forests in no time.

Cross-Country Ski School

Why learn to cross-country ski with HPSC?

Our 22 certified instructors offer cross-country ski lessons on all bus trips between January and March.

  1. Lessons are FREE with your membership (vs. approximately $60 for one intro clinic, trail pass, and rentals - no transportation - at a resort).
  2. No limits: you can take a lesson every time you come on a day trip. You can also take more advanced lessons, which are generally not available at the resorts.
  3. Instructors are all certified by the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) and participate in professional development opportunities every winter.
  4. Lessons are small with individualized attention (generally no more than 6 people in a lesson).
  5. It’s social! You meet fellow skiers at your level to ski with in the afternoon, and on future day trips.
HPSC Cross Country Instructors


Cross-Country Ski Lesson Levels

Classic and Skate Ski Levels

  • Beginner: Introduces fundamental techniques to help you get moving on the trails.
  • Bronze: Hones your fundamental skiing techniques to help you move more efficiently.
  • Silver: Introduces more advanced maneuvers and techniques.

If you are unsure what level you should be in, don’t worry; the Ski School “Director of the Day” (DOD) will talk to everyone on the bus about the lesson appropriate for their skill level and experience. You can always sign up for lessons on the bus, even if you didn't choose a lesson when you signed up for the trip.

Note: We are in the process of redesigning our lesson levels. Stay tuned here for updates!

Special Programming 2019-2020

To learn where and when these programs take place, check out our day trips schedule. There is no additional cost for these programs.

  • Classic beginners’ series: Held on three consecutive weekends, with the same instructor and fellow skiers, this program will get you moving on the trails and making friends in no time. If you are a member and and want to register for the series, simply email xcskischool@hpsc.ca
  • Skate bronze series: Held on three weekends, with the same instructor and fellow skiers, this program will get you moving more efficiently on your skate skis. If you are a member and and want to register for the series, simply email xcskischool@hpsc.ca.
  • Silver skate series: Held on two weekends, with the same instructor and fellow skiers, this program will hone your fundamental skate skills and introduce you to more advanced techniques. If you are a member and and want to register for the series, simply email xcskischool@hpsc.ca.
  • Tips & tricks: 15-minute one-on-one mini lessons with an instructor offer the chance to work on a particular skill. Offered four times (2 classic, 2 skate). 
  • NEW CLINICS! Faster, smarter skate & Faster, smarter classic. If you have good foundational ski skills and decent fitness, learn how to navigate terrain more efficiently - and faster! 
  • Race program: 5 races held over the season are a fun way test out your new ski skills.
  • There are also opportunities to train to become an instructor with the club. Talk to an instructor or email xcskischool@hpsc.ca for more details.


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