Downhill Skiing Regular Lessons
Winter promises great times for you as a member of the High Park Ski Club. Most members take advantage of the no-charge, unlimited lessons from the Alpine Ski School. The High Park Snow School consists of 65 instructors who are certified with the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA) and the Canadian Ski Coaching Federation (CSCF). You can take a regular lesson on any weekend or mid-week day trip to improve your technique. Lessons provide opportunity to have fun, while improving your skills and making friends. Ski lessons are modelled after the CSIA STEP program that is used by many ski 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 while promoting and teaching the importance of ski safety along with a focus on fun and meeting HPSC members. In addition to regular lessons there are many speciality programs that give you the opportunity to have fun, improve your skills in specific areas and make new friends.
Regular lessons are offered for all High Park members during most day trips. Classes are organised according to specific levels. If you have never skied with High Park before then you must be assessed by an instructor. Assessments happen during every trip about 20 minutes before lesson time. Skiers are then grouped according to ability for their lesson. If you are the type who cannot commit to a speciality program which may have several lessons in a row then regular lessons may be the way to go. Regular weekend day trips travel to Blue Mountain (Blue) and Mount St Louis/Moonstone (MSLM) while mid-week trips travel to the private ski clubs.
When and Where are lessons offered?
Ski Lessons are offered on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday day trips to Ontario destinations, on most weekend trips to Québec and U.S. destinations, and on 3 to 5-day mid-week bus trips. Lessons for all levels from S.T.E.P. 1 through 9 are offered on day trips to Mt. St. Louis, as well as any Blue Mountain day trip where we use the South Base Lodge. On Monday and Wednesday day trips, on Saturday day trips to Blue Mountain where we use the Inn Cafe Lodge, and on overnight bus trips, classes are offered for skiers from S.T.E.P. 4 and up.
Beginner (S.T.E.P. 1) lessons start right at the bus as we assist you through the equipment rental process, and stay with you throughout the morning and into the afternoon, to ensure you’re comfortable making beginner turns and using the lift. Rentals are available at Mt. St. Louis and the Blue Mountain South Base Lodge (but not at the Inn Cafe).
Summary of Lesson Times and Meeting Locations
Please arrive 10 minutes early for line-up and lesson organization. If you sign up for a special program, check with your program organizer to ensure that you do not miss a class.
Mount St Louis, Saturdays and Sundays:
Meet at 10:20 by the ski racks between the 6-pack and quad chairs, MSL side.
Lessons run 10:30 am to 12:00 noon.
Blue Mountain, Saturdays and Sundays: (check day trips schedule for location)
Inn Cafe: Meet at 10:50 at the bottom of Happy Valley (outside the Inn Cafe) on the west side. Rentals are not available here, the closest location is Activity Central in the Village.
South Base Lodge: Meet at 10:50 outside the South Base Lodge (near the Southern Comfort Chairlift). Rentals are available here.
Lessons run 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
On "Sleep-in Sundays" lesson time will depend on the bus arrival time, but we will be aiming for 2 pm outside the South Base Lodge.
Monday and Wednesday trips: (various locations)
Meet at 10:20 outside the ski lodge, as directed by the DOD (Director of the Day).
Lessons run 10:30 am to 12:00 noon.
Overnight Bus Trips:
Overnight trip classes are offered for skiers having S.T.E.P. 4 ability or higher. Meet outside the lodge, as directed by the DOD, generally 30-40 minutes after to bus arrives at the hill. Lessons will run 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the arrival time and location. Final details will be announced on the bus.