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.
For almost 70 years, the High Park Ski Club has been getting members out onto the local slopes and trails or to far flung snowy locations. Over the years, the sports have evolved with new technology, techniques, and disciplines (e.g., snowboarding and skate skiing), but what hasn't changed is our members' commitment to making the best of winter!
Downhill skiing includes several different disciplines, such as freestyle skiing or backcountry skiing. At High Park Ski Club, we focus on recreational skiing on groomed downhill runs. If you have never skied before, joining the club is a great way to get out and progress on the snow quickly - you'll be whizzing down the green hills after only a few lessons. If you haven't skied in years, it will surprise you how much the ski, boot and binding technology has advanced, allowing for more control and technique. We are here to help and members are always a fountain of knowledge when it comes to equipment.
Recreational skiing is mostly carried out on groomed runs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t push yourself and learn to ski bumps, trees, and even powder, if the resort offers this. High Park Ski Club offers specific specialized classes to advance your technique. With great local resort infrastructure within reach of Toronto, we offer luxury coach access to the local hills 4 days a week with lessons. There are also race days for those with a competitive streak!
Snowboarding traces its origins to the 1960's to a homemade child's toy that spawned the Snurfing craze. Developed through the 1970's and 1980's by pioneers like Jake Burton Carpenter and Tom Sims, snowboarding has gone through multiple forms in terms of boards, bindings, techniques and disciplines.
Through the 1980's, it grew in popularity, attracting more and more devotees, resulting in the creation of professional associations and international competitions. In 1998, it was finally made an Olympic sport, with Canadian Ross Rebagliati winning the first ever Olympic gold medal for Giant Slalom.
Now a mainstay of downhill snow sports, snowboarding offers a variety of styles from freestyle and freeride to boardercross, half pipe, and big air. Join High Park Ski Club to discover the exciting world of snowboarding!