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Downhill Day Trips

To register for a day trip scheduled for the next week or so, click on the link (the trip name in blue) in the Upcoming Downhill Day Trips box below.  The calendar at the bottom of the page offers all trips open for registration.  You must be logged in as a member to register.

Upcoming Downhill Day Trips

Day Trip Updates

March 24, 2017:  The rain and deteriorating conditions at the resort have lead to the cancellation of the remaining trips on the schedule other then an attempt to go to Blue Mtn on Wednesday, March 29.


A reminder that the cancellation policy was changed in 2015/2016 - read it here.

Downhill Day Trips Welcome!

This page is directed towards downhill day trips, which includes both alpine skiing and snowboarding, but remember that HPSC offers a range of snow and social activities.  We hope you take the time to browse through the site.

Changes for 2016-2017

There have been a number of changes to our Downhill Day Trips for this season.

Blue has changed the age for Senior tickets.  Blue has changed the age for Senior tickets from 65 yo 70.  We won't ask you to prove your age, but we expect members not to take advantage when requesting a Senior ticket.

Where is the big schedule listing?  We've made a separate page for the schedule.  Also available as a printable, downloadable document. Snow School has also furnished us with summaries of both the Ski and Snowboard programs which are posted on the Day Trips page.  We hope that you will download and, possibly, print the documents and use them to plan your ski season.  

Drive up lessons to Blue.   For three Saturdays in January and the first Saturday in February, we are offering lessons at Blue Mtn for those members who drive up to take advantage of skiing on more challenging terrain.   Register for lessons for Step 6 and above for trips D01 (Jan 7), D02 (Jan 14), D03 (Jan 28) or D04 (Feb 4).  There is no bus transportation for these trips, the HPSC day trip with bus included will be going to Mt St Louis Moonstone on those Saturdays.  You will meet at the Inn and will have to purchase your own lift ticket or have a pass.  Lessons will begin at 11:50 am and run for two hours.  Drive safely.

One trip per Saturday.  Rather than schedule two and cancel one trip each Saturday, there will be only one bus destination on Saturdays.  Consult the schedule for the full list of destinations.

Drive up registrations.  Not to be confused with the Drive up lessons to Blue described above, you may still drive to the same destination as the bus trip to take a lesson.  The online registration is free and it ensures Snow School has enough instructors on hand.  Last year, drive up was listed with the bus and lift options.  This year, there is a link on the right side of the each trip's initial registration page that takes you to a separate registration process.  Doing this allows us to automate the bus registration a little more.

Spaces remaining on the bus trip.  When you visit the initial registration page for a day trip, you will notice the number of spaces left on the bus is listed.  Many trips are planned for one bus only and count down from 56.  If a two bus trip, it will count down from 112.  In prior years, if we went over one bus capacity but didn't get enough interest to run a second bus, we had to cancel the most recently made bookings.  Be aware of the number of spaces remaining and plan to register accordingly.  We work hard to meet any and all interest, but also can't run trips with essentially empty buses.  This is the first time we are making use of this capability in the system and will monitor the process closely.

New Pickup Points on selected trips.  On trips A07 (Sun Jan 15), A13 (Sun Feb 5), A18 (Sun Feb 19) and A21 (Sun Mar 19) to the South Lodge at Blue Mtn, will be using a new pickup point and a new bus routing.  Based on member comments, and the eventual loss of the York Mills parking lot to development, we're trying out a new pickup point route.  We will start at 6:45 am at Yonge/Davenport, which old-timers may recall and which is still used by our Nordic trips, take the bus over to Indian Rd for 7:05 am and then up to Hwys 7 and 400 to leave for Blue at 7:25 am.  This will give us additional time on snow at Blue Mtn.  

What happened to Bay and Queen's Quay?  REVISED ON JANUARY 9, 2017.
We've put back the option of selecting Bay and Queen's Quay as a pickup location on the Saturday trips to Mt. St. Louis.  There is a reasonable expectation that we will be able to run a two bus trip on these days.

We've still removed the choice from the list of pickup points for all other trips on their respective registration page.  Since we rarely run two buses for Sunday, Monday or Wednesday trips, it isn't fair to give Bay and Queen's Quay as an option only to constantly cancel it and force members to make arrangements to get to another pickup location.  If we do run two bus trip, for those days we may give Bay and Queens Quay as an option.  The information will be in the trip email and on the trip status page.

Planned Departure Times for Day Trips.  We've published the planned departure times for the pickup locations and also the departure times from the hill here.  This is to assist you in your planning, but always check the Downhill Day Trips Status page to verify trip status, departure times and other important trip information.

Downhill Day Trip? 

A downhill day trip, sometimes simply referred to as taking the bus, is a one day trip to either the Barrie or Collingwood area on a Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Wednesday.  Luxury coach transportation is provided by Pacific Western.

Lessons?

One of the great benefits of joining the High Park Ski Club (HPSC) is that your membership allows you to take as many lessons as you want during the season – FOR FREE.  HPSC Snow School provides lessons on almost all day trips.  In addition to regular lessons, Snow School also offers a great variety of Ski and Boarding series where you ski with the same group and instructor for a number of days and focus on specific goals. 

Full information about Alpine (Ski) lessons can be found on the Downhill lessons page accessed under “Lessons” tab in the menu bar at the top of the page.  Information about Snowboard lessons and series can also be found under the “Lessons” tab.  

Don’t forget that as a HPSC member, you can go on any day trip and take lessons, when available, in any of the winter activities – Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross-Country (XC) and Snowshoeing. 

Can I drive up on my own and still get a group lift ticket and take a lesson?

While we’d like you to join us on the bus, there are times when plans mean you’ll arrive at the ski resort on your own.  We call this being a “drive-up”.  Unfortunately, HPSC can’t provide you with a group lift ticket but you can still join in on a lesson.  In order to make sure we have enough instructors on hand, you must still register for a lesson through the registration process.

What other activities are available on Day Trips?

HPSC offers a number of après-ski and social events on Day Trips.  These trips are a great way to get together with other club members.  Check the schedule for information about those trips.

Racing?

The Snow School organizes downhill races for skiers and boarders on most Saturday trips to Mt St Louis in January and February.  It’s a great way to practice your skills and all participants are eligible for weekly prize draws.  If you’re in a lesson, your instructor will take you to the race course and give you some tips before you run the gates.  Further details are available under the Racing option on the “Downhill Lessons - Ski Programs” from the menu at the top of the page

How do I register for a Downhill Day Trip?

When you join the club, you were given both a username and password and you will need those to register for a trip.  Although the full season schedule is visible to everyone on the Day Trips page, you must log in as a member in order to register for a day trip.

There are two ways to choose the trip that you’d like to register for.  Trips that are scheduled for the next week or two are listed in the “Upcoming Events” box near the top of the page.  The Calendar at the bottom of the page will display all trips that are currently available for registration in our system.  Not all trips to the end of the season will be available in the Calendar, but you can generally book about a month ahead.

Click on the trip that interests you and follow the links and follow the instructions to register. You will be asked to answer a few questions (to help us plan the activities you want to choose) and to select (and pay for) the bus, trail and rentals (if needed) fees, using your credit card.

Remember that registration closes at 6:00 pm on the Thursday before a Saturday, Sunday or Monday trip and at 6:00 pm on the Monday before a Wednesday trip.  As trips can sometimes sell out it’s best to book earlier than just before the deadline.

 When you’ve successfully completed the registration process, you’ll receive an email confirmation, which you can print and bring with you on the trip (as proof of payment).

Can I cancel a booking?

If you can’t make the trip you’ve booked, you can cancel by sending an email to cancellations@hpsc.ca.  Please read over the Downhill Cancellation Policy which can be found here.

I missed the registration deadline - can I still go?

When checking the trip status, you will notice that some trips allow “walk ons”. We always encourage members to register for the trip online before the deadline as we have to order buses and Snow School has to match instructors to expected demand. But we sometimes find ourselves with some extra seats on the bus. Those seats are offered to members at the same prices as for online registration and members literally walk on to the bus and pay for the trip in cash (exact amount would be great).

If walk ons are allowed, the prices will be posted in the trip status and given on the SnoPhone. We'll also let you know if you can walk at any pickup location or only the last location at Highways 7 and 400. If you do walk on when there is no space for you, you will be asked to leave the bus before we depart the Highways 7 and 400 location.

In the past, we tried to discourage the practice of walking on by setting a walk on fee.  We recognize that members occasionally legitimately cannot make a commitment to a trip prior to the registration deadline and no longer charge such a fee.

Trip status and pickup location and times?

Trip registration closes at 6 pm on Thursdays for Saturday, Sunday and Monday trips and at 6 pm Mondays for Wednesday trips.  As quickly as we can, we post the trip status (go/no go) and pickup location times if the trip is a go.  We plan to send out email notices to trip registrants, but until we get that running, check the “Downhill Day Trip Status” page which is a menu choice in the "Downhill Registration" menu under Day Trips.  You may also call the SNOW PHONE at 416-537-7669 and follow the instructions to get the Downhill Day Trip message.

Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes earlier than the scheduled pick up time.  Once the departure time arrives and the bus is ready to roll, it goes.

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

If, for some reason, you can’t make the trip, you become what we call a no-show.  Unfortunately we can’t offer a full refund but we will refund you the lift ticket portion of the trip cost.  Refer to the Downhill Cancellation Policy which can be found as a menu option under Downhill Registration option from Day Trips in the menu bar. 

I’m on the bus, now what?

Each HPSC bus is managed by a Group Leader or Bus Captain.  They will be able to answer most questions you might have and will make important announcements about the Snow School meeting times and other activities.  They will also remind you to be on the bus promptly for departure from the hill.

Have fun, ski and ride with care and enjoy the winter with HPSC!


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