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

NOTE: This year due to COVID-19 we will not be able to accommodate beginner lessons. Following guidelines of social distancing, instructors are able to safely teach members who can get on and off the chairlifts on their own, This means that we will offer lessons to skiers who are at steps 3 and up and to snowboarders who are at the novice, intermediate and advanced levels.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this season will be different that any we have faced in the past. Our members' safety is of prime concern and we will of course be following public health recommendations. While we will attempt a season as close to normal as we possibly can, there will be some differences.

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.  This year due to the pandemic, all instructors will be trained in new safety protocol procedures ensuring the safety of our members.

Why learn to downhill ski with HPSC?

  1. Free, unlimited classes
  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. Note this season we are unable to teach people that have never skied before due to safety concerns with the ongoing pandemic. Skiers must be able to safely get on and off the chairlift on their own
  4. Small class sizes ( no more than 4 people) and same ability groups to facilitate your progression.
  5. A structured progression system to assess your level, and organized classes so that you can set goals and ways to achieve them.
  6. The best way to make friends: learn and play together in a safe and social distanced way!

Overnight trips

We’re offering guiding on overnight drive-up trips; instructors will tour around the hill, members will explore new terrain while learning to conquer it, and receive ski improvement tips (not a formal lesson, so skiers won’t be doing drills the whole way down the hill)

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 3 (beginner with some experience) to STEP 9 (Expert). In order to respect physical distancing as required by safety guidelines linked to the pandemic, lessons will only be offered to members who can get on and off chairlifts on their own (ski, steps 3 and up- snowboard, novice and up). 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.

You must pre- register for any lesson or program when you sign up for a day trip.

Programs and clinics currently planned for this season are noted below.  We will follow all government, resort and club policies.  All programs or clinics have a minimum requirement of 3 and a maximum of 4 persons.  If less a regular lesson will be taught

Gate Training Program 

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.

 As usual, helmets are required and the morning lesson will run from 9:45 – 10:55 just before the club races begin.

Dates: @ MSLM Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 20, 27

Club Races

We plan to offer 6 club races at MSLM open to all 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. You must wear a helmet to race.  

Dates: @ MSLM Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 20, 27

In this pandemic year will not be having the après race results and draw prizes.  We will continue to post all results on the website and also promote the winners in snowbiz. 

Race Results

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

IT - Instructor Training - Steps 7-9

Are you interested in becoming a ski instructor? A great first step is to take the HPSC Instructor Training (IT) program. IT will prepare you for the Canadian Ski Instructors Association (CSIA) Level I Certification course, a prerequisite to teach skiing. The program delivers a combination of ski improvement and practical teaching techniques incorporating up to date CSIA methodology. Or, if you already have your Level I and are training for your CSIA Level II, IT will give you a great on snow refresher and review.

The High Park program is taught by HPSC CSIA Level III instructors with Level I course conductor training. The program is four days, held on consecutive Sundays at Blue Mountain on January 17, 24, 31st and February 7th. There will be two lessons per day.

If you are an experienced Step 7, 8 or 9 skier why not look into taking the course. For more information, contact Tom Parks 416-806-8844 / tomparks321@hotmail.com

The program fills up quickly so don’t delay.

Skiing with Mindfulness Series - Steps 6 &7 - 1 day Clinics

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!

Dates:  @Craigleith Jan 13, @Blue Jan 18, @Osler Jan 27, @Blue Feb 1, 7

Mogul Masters Steps 6-9 - 1 day Clinics

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 these 1 day clinics

Dates: @MSLM Feb 20, 27, Mar 6  @Blue Feb  8, 22, Mar 1

Ski the Steeps - 1 day Clinics

Are you a Step 7 to 9 skier who finds skiing the steeps challenging? Learn techniques that will build your confidence on steeper terrain. The following clinics offered at Blue on Sundays and Mondays will help you to build your confidence and Ski the Steeps like a pro!

Dates:  @Blue Jan 10, 17, 24

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