High Park Ski Club

Downhill Ski School takes ongoing training and skill development seriously, both in technical and teaching skills. Our instructors are professionally certified with the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA) and the Canadian Ski Coaching Federation (CSCF), meaning you are guaranteed the highest level of instruction.

Downhill Ski School

Many of our instructors have professional certification from both CSIA and CSCF. As part of the Snow School, all instructors must attend mandatory technical training sessions, both on and off the hill, managed by our Technical Director Sandy Gardner. Sandy has spent his life dedicated to skiing, teaching and the industry. He is a CSIA Level 4 & CSIA Level 4 Course Conductor.

Why learn to downhill ski with HPSC?

  1. Free, unlimited classes for all members
  2. Leadership from a team of 60 certified instructors trained to help members improve their skills on the snow while having fun.
  3. A class for every level: beginner, intermediate and expert, we’ve got you covered.
  4. A class every day the bus is out. Whether on a day trip in Ontario, or on an overnight trip in Québec, Vermont, or wherever, our instructors will be there to guide you.
  5. Small class sizes (4 - 5 people) and same ability groups to facilitate your progression.
  6. A structured progression system to assess your level, and organized classes so that you can set goals and ways to achieve them.
  7. The best way to make friends: learn and play together!

Downhill Skiing - Regular Lessons

Lessons provide the opportunity to have fun, while improving your skills and making friends. High Park Ski Club lessons are modelled after the CSIA STEP program that is used by many resorts in Canada. STEP levels range from STEP 1 (never ever skied) to STEP 9 (Expert). Lessons are based on the national ski teaching standard, promoting and teaching the importance of ski safety, along with a focus on fun. Regular lessons are offered for all members on each day trip. Classes are organized according to specific levels.


Never skied before but always wanted to try it? You have come to the right place. Our instructors will take you from the bus, help you get your rental equipment and then provide you with easy, step by step instructions on how to ski and become comfortable on green runs. We look forward to sharing our love of downhill skiing with you. See you on the bus and slopes!

Gate Training - Step 5 +

Conquer any fear of going fast in a controlled environment by learning to race! Members will receive training on tactics and technical skills on practice courses set with short stubbie gates and full size real gates. Participants must wear helmets. Lessons run from 9:30-10:45.

IT - Instructor Training - Steps 7-9

The IT program introduces members to the basics of CSIA techniques and methodology for ski teaching, as well as focusing on your own ski improvement. There will be a minimum of 3 hours of instruction per day, and may start before regular lesson times to allow for some additional indoor instruction and/or time to participate in club races (if students would like to race). This is a great prep course if you are considering taking the CSIA Level 1 training and exams.

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