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To register for a day trip scheduled for the next week or so, click on the link (the trip name in blue) in the Upcoming Downhill Day Trips box below. The calendar at the bottom of the page offers all trips open for registration. You must be logged in as a member to register.
Upcoming Downhill Day Trips
October 10, 2017: Hello everyone, welcome to the very (very) beginning of the new ski season. Downhill Day Trip volunteers are working hard to get our pages ready for the the season. Our planned December day trips will be ready for registration sometime in November. In the meantime, why not explore the website - Nordic, Social and other areas of the club. But keep in mind that everything is slowly gearing up and may change as the days grow shorter and anticipation rises!
A reminder that Ski Fit and Brunch is underway on Saturday mornings at High Park.
And also a reminder that the Downhill Day Trip cancellation policy was changed in 2015/2016 - read it here.
This page is directed towards downhill day trips, which includes both alpine skiing and snowboarding, but remember that HPSC offers a range of snow and social activities. We hope you take the time to browse through the site.
A downhill day trip, sometimes simply referred to as taking the bus, is a one day trip to either the Barrie or Collingwood area on a Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Wednesday. Luxury coach transportation is provided by Pacific Western.
One of the great benefits of joining the High Park Ski Club (HPSC) is that your membership allows you to take as many lessons as you want during the season – FOR FREE. HPSC Snow School provides lessons on almost all day trips. In addition to regular lessons, Snow School also offers a great variety of Ski and Boarding series where you ski with the same group and instructor for a number of days and focus on specific goals.
Full information about Alpine (Ski) lessons can be found on the Downhill lessons page accessed under “Lessons” tab in the menu bar at the top of the page. Information about Snowboard lessons and series can also be found under the “Lessons” tab.
Don’t forget that as a HPSC member, you can go on any day trip and take lessons, when available, in any of the winter activities – Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross-Country (XC) and Snowshoeing.
While we’d like you to join us on the bus, there are times when plans mean you’ll arrive at the ski resort on your own. We call this being a “drive-up”. Unfortunately, HPSC can’t provide you with a group lift ticket but you can still join in on a lesson. In order to make sure we have enough instructors on hand, you must still register for a lesson through the registration process.
HPSC offers a number of après-ski and social events on Day Trips. These trips are a great way to get together with other club members. Check the schedule for information about those trips.
The Snow School organizes downhill races for skiers and boarders on most Saturday trips to Mt St Louis in January and February. It’s a great way to practice your skills and all participants are eligible for weekly prize draws. If you’re in a lesson, your instructor will take you to the race course and give you some tips before you run the gates. Further details are available under the Racing option on the “Downhill Lessons - Ski Programs” from the menu at the top of the page
When you join the club, you were given both a username and password and you will need those to register for a trip. Although the full season schedule is visible to everyone on the Day Trips page, you must log in as a member in order to register for a day trip.
There are two ways to choose the trip that you’d like to register for. Trips that are scheduled for the next week or two are listed in the “Upcoming Events” box near the top of the page. The Calendar at the bottom of the page will display all trips that are currently available for registration in our system. Not all trips to the end of the season will be available in the Calendar, but you can generally book about a month ahead.
Click on the trip that interests you and follow the links and follow the instructions to register. You will be asked to answer a few questions (to help us plan the activities you want to choose) and to select (and pay for) the bus, trail and rentals (if needed) fees, using your credit card.
Remember that registration closes at 6:00 pm on the Thursday before a Saturday, Sunday or Monday trip and at 6:00 pm on the Monday before a Wednesday trip. As trips can sometimes sell out it’s best to book earlier than just before the deadline.
When you’ve successfully completed the registration process, you’ll receive an email confirmation, which you can print and bring with you on the trip (as proof of payment).
I missed the registration deadline - can I still go?
When checking the trip status, you will notice that some trips allow “walk ons”. We always encourage members to register for the trip online before the deadline as we have to order buses and Snow School has to match instructors to expected demand. But we sometimes find ourselves with some extra seats on the bus. Those seats are offered to members at the same prices as for online registration and members literally walk on to the bus and pay for the trip in cash (exact amount would be great).
If walk ons are allowed, the prices will be posted in the trip status and given on the SnoPhone. We'll also let you know if you can walk at any pickup location or only the last location at Highways 7 and 400. If you do walk on when there is no space for you, you will be asked to leave the bus before we depart the Highways 7 and 400 location.
In the past, we tried to discourage the practice of walking on by setting a walk on fee. We recognize that members occasionally legitimately cannot make a commitment to a trip prior to the registration deadline and no longer charge such a fee.
Trip status and pickup location and times?
Trip registration closes at 6 pm on Thursdays for Saturday, Sunday and Monday trips and at 6 pm Mondays for Wednesday trips. As quickly as we can, we post the trip status (go/no go) and pickup location times if the trip is a go. We plan to send out email notices to trip registrants, but until we get that running, check the “Downhill Day Trip Status” page which is a menu choice in the "Downhill Registration" menu under Day Trips. You may also call the SNOW PHONE at 416-537-7669 and follow the instructions to get the Downhill Day Trip message.
Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes earlier than the scheduled pick up time. Once the departure time arrives and the bus is ready to roll, it goes.
If, for some reason, you can’t make the trip, you become what we call a no-show. Unfortunately we can’t offer a full refund but we will refund you the lift ticket portion of the trip cost. Refer to the Downhill Cancellation Policy which can be found as a menu option under Downhill Registration option from Day Trips in the menu bar.
Each HPSC bus is managed by a Group Leader or Bus Captain. They will be able to answer most questions you might have and will make important announcements about the Snow School meeting times and other activities. They will also remind you to be on the bus promptly for departure from the hill.
Have fun, ski and ride with care and enjoy the winter with HPSC!