High Park Ski Club

HPSC offers Test Drives (for downhill skiing, snowboarding, x-country skiing & snowshoeing) at the beginning of the season to allow non-members to register themselves on select day trips to ride the bus, take part in a free lesson and to enjoy in all the club has to offer and all for the same price as a member. All guests on Test Drive trips and all friends on the Friends Day must be 21 years of age or older.

DOWNHILL Test Drive and Friends Days

Test Drives

A Test Drive is a High Park Ski Club day trip where non-members may join us for the day and participate in skiing and snowboarding lessons and the camaraderie and enjoyment that our club offers.

To join us, you have to register and pay for your trip online. As a guest, you book the "bus and lift" option which provides you with coach transportation and a lift ticket.  There are instructions available on the trip registration page and the links will be active by the last week of November. You must be 21 years of age and over as High Park Ski Club is an adult only club. You sign up as a guest, you do not need a member to book for you.

When registering, as your snowboard or ski lesson choice, please choose “Ski Assessment”. An instructor will talk with you briefly on the bus to get an idea of your skill level and explain about our on snow assessment. We want to make sure that we get you into the right class.

This year, we are planning for two Test Drive dates and will post the information once the Downhill Day Trips schedule is finalized.

Friends Day

We had a lot of compliments for our Friends Day to Beaver Valley last year and so are once again planning on a Friends Day in February 2018 for the Monday Family Day holiday.   This is still tentative and will be confirmed (or changed) when the Downhill Day Trips schedule is published.

You should have your own equipment for this trip and you must be registered by a current HPSC member. There will a surcharge for friends above regular prices, but you won’t find a better deal to experience a private escarpment club.

.Test Drive X-Country and Snowshoeing

There are two X-Country/Snowshoe test-drive dates in January and a third in March. Each day you can take the bus to the resort with us and take a cross-country ski lesson or guided snowshoe tour – all for the same price as a member. Rental equipment is available at each of the resorts we go to for test-drives.

Check the x-country day trip schedule for our test-drive dates. Then go to the XCountry landing page and under upcoming events click on the trip name in blue for the test-drive you are interested in to register online. Then, check out the day trip status information page shortly before the day for pick-up times and other details.

We look forward to meeting you!

What to wear on the trail:

  • X-country skiers dress a lot like runners. Wear warm and breathable layers that you can take on and off to adjust to the weather. Also helpful are a hat, gloves/mitts, light scarf, and sunglasses. A light windproof outer layer (jacket/wind pants) is a blessing on windy days, and if it is cold, don’t forget that long underwear!
  • Snowshoers can generally wear the same type of layered, breathable clothing as x-country skiers, although you may need an extra layer for added warmth.
  • Everyone should bring sunscreen and lip balm to protect all exposed skin.

What to bring with you:

  • Your ski equipment (unless you are renting.) Make sure your ski bag and all other bags are labelled with your name – you’d be surprised how many people forget this!
  • Wear your winter boots and pack your ski boots. Your ski boots will stay warmer if you bring them on the bus.
  • Your trip confirmation email
  • Snacks and lunch, or money to buy them. Some resorts and parks do not have lunch facilities. Check the website for the day’s location.
  • A fanny pack with water bottle, lip balm, sunscreen and other small items while you’re out on the trails, and a day pack or gym bag to leave with any spare clothing in the lodge.
  • Many x-country skiers wear a warmer jacket to get to and from the resort and change to a lighter jacket on arrival.