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 modeled 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. If you are new to the club find all the information you need to sign up and what to bring here  

Did you want to know what Step Level you are in?  Here is a handy chart indicating the basics for each step level and what is required to advance to the next step level. Step Levels Explained. Note that step levels are relative to the mountain that you are skiing on - similar to ski run ratings; Green, Blue, Black are relative to the mountain you are skiing on.

Note: Anyone participating in a lesson must wear a helmet.


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.  Our dedicated instructors will continue to offer all day beginners lessons if you have never been on skis or snowboard before to ensure the best experience on snow.  Find out more information here for New Members

We look forward to sharing our love of downhill skiing with you. See you on the bus and slopes!

If you have any questions please contact Pam Blake at Beginners.HPSC@gmail.com

Gate Training Program for 2020 – Sharpen your skills!

There is no better way to improve your skills than to add different challenges. Gate training is definitely one of them. Hands down. It is an excellent way to improve your skill proficiency. Develop more confidence with a little more speed, rhythm, and direction control. Then everything becomes easier. The program will focus on skills and tactics in a variety of course settings (both slalom and GS with gates and stubbies) and is open to Step 5 to 9 skill levels.

So come out and challenge yourself. It will be a fun season!  As usual, helmets are required and the morning lesson will run from 9:30 – 10:45 just before the club races begin.

Program Leader: Kevin Thyer  bkthyer@rogers.com   519-621-3488

Program runs at MSLM Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8 and Feb 22.

Club Races

At MSLM on the dates below all members get a chance to run the gates at all experience levels! During or after your morning lesson, your instructor for the day will take you to the race course to run the gates. You only compete against other members in your same step level, so there are lots of chances to place. We award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each step level. Plus, anyone that races has a chance to WIN great prizes. All you have to do is compete. Race is set for both Skiers and Snowboarders .You must wear a helmet to race.  Races run at MSLM - Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8 and Feb 22.

We want to thank our generous sponsors for all the great draw prizes given out at every race, such as Goggle's, Beanies, ski-tuning cases and more!

Race Results

Click the links below to see all racer times and results in a pdf.

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.

Program dates are Saturdays January 11, 18, and 25th; Sundays February 2, 9. There are limited spaces available.  Please contact the Program Leader Tom Parks at tomparks321@hotmail.com or 416-806-8844.

NEW This Season - Skiing with Mindfulness Series - Steps 6 &7

What is Mindfulness? While there are many definitions, most emphasize paying attention to the present moment, and noticing what is happening with your thoughts, emotions, body sensations, and external environment. Research suggests that it is effective for stress and anxiety. Mindfulness approaches are being developed for a variety of sports such as golf and other performance oriented activities.

How does it work? By learning to let go of the need for a specific future outcome, the body relaxes and performance improves! If you feel that your thoughts and emotions are interfering with your performance, if you want to progress your skiing skills, then try a mindfulness approach. As well as skiing technique, we will be working with breathing and relaxation techniques to reduce anxiety and increase enjoyment!

Your instructor Peg McPhedran is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher (RYT500) as well as a long time ski instructor with High Park.

Series 1: Sundays, January 12 and 19 @ Blue Mountain 

Series 2: Mondays, February 10 and 24 @ Blue Mountain

Mogul Masters Steps 6-9

This program is designed for a wide range of abilities covering introduction to advanced mogul skiing – lessons are taught in separate groups based on ability. Whether you’re new to moguls and wanting to get more comfortable making turns in the moguls or an experienced pro bump skier looking to improve your control, speed, or line, we’ve got you covered!

Step 6 or higher is required for participation in this series.

The program will work through a progression, so it’s recommended that you sign up for all 3 days. If you can only make 1 or 2 days, that’s ok just let the program leaders know in advance.

Note: It is the member’s responsibility to register on line for all Bus Up and Drive Up lessons. Don’t be disappointed. Our class size is (maximum 6 members) so please register in advance.

Three Saturdays @ MSLM: Saturday February 29, Saturday March 7  & 14

Program Leader: Ken Harper ckharper@rogers.com 416-699-1649 and Don Lefresne lindonl@yahoo.com

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