Our first race of the season, Frisbee Biathlon, was a big success! Held on the new flat open area at Highlands (Teal’s Tango), members of all levels were able to participate in the fun. While our races are all about fun, there are results. And here they are:
Race #1 – Frisbee Biathlon
David Zoratto & Trevor Leech
John Kane & Frances Zeng
Sonia Dyett & Rob Dyett
Patty McVitty & Jaques Belik
Rubina Khan &
Carine Wood & Ludmilla Chubey
Jennifer Beatty & Andrew Kerr
& Charlene Phillips
Our second race of the season was held at Scenic Caves – You Can’t Get Lost on the Northwest Passage Freestyle! It was warm and sunny and 10 skiers, including some newbies, put their skills to the test on a 1.5km course. No one got lost! And the results…
Andrew Osmond (who serenaded us in Italian as he crossed the finish line, meaning bonus points for all!)
Race weekend returns after a few year’s hiatus. What is race weekend? Races on BOTH daytrips with some serious bonus points! Check it out…
Feb. 29: Our annual Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge at Horseshoe Valley. Choose between two courses – a shorter easier one that uses Patroller’s hill (suitable for more beginner skiers) and a longer, hillier route that uses Geunther’s Grind. If you do both, you get bonus points!
Mar. 1: The annual Pine Trail Classic at Wasaga is back! This is our race director’s favourite race for two reasons: 1. It’s a beautiful course that winds through the pine trees. 2. Someone ALWAYS gets lost. It’s been years and this never fails! There will be bonus points for those who finish the course in under a certain amount of time.
Our races are all about fun! Participants accumulate points through the season and we crown our overall winners at our fun year end party in April. Join us!
On the family day long weekend, a full bus headed up to Sault Ste. Marie to experience some of the best cross-country skiing Northern Ontario – and indeed Canada – has to offer! We stayed in Sault Ste. Marie and skied two days at Stokely Creek and the final morning at Hiawatha Highlands. Both places delivered amazing skiing.
Stokely Creek is not for the faint of heart. With over 100km of trails and some serious climbing, you are sure to get a workout! But, there are some lovely easier trails too if that’s more your style. And the snowshoeing looked lovely!
There was a huge base of snow, so no worries about bad conditions on this trip! It also snowed all day on Saturday, creating a lovely winter wonderland. Then the network was freshly groomed entirely for Sunday.
Members had all kinds of fun. There’s 6 huts to explore throughout the network and we hit all of them at some point! Norm’s cabin even offers full tea and cookie service! The sun peaked out on Sunday and gave us views of Lake Superior. Lots of members challenged themselves to climb King Mountain. Others explored the snowshoe trails.
Four of our members – Heather, Paul, Ian, and Jean-Emile – took on the 6 Hut Challenge on Sunday. That’s all 6 huts in one day. And what a day it was. In the end, this foursome skied 40km and climbed about 1000m! You don’t get that kind of climbing in Southern Ontario. They’re waiting for their t-shirts to be mailed.
The final day took us just outside Sault Ste. Marie to Hiawatha Highlands, the local nordic ski club. A smaller trail network and not nearly as challenging (thank goodness!), but also beautiful. The sun came out and everyone wished we had time to stay the whole day.
All in all, this trip was a massive success and we’ll add it to our roster of long weekend destinations! Special thanks to trip leader Monica, who always does a fantastic job.
Celebration of 70th Anniversary of our club continues. Many overnight trips are completed or upcoming very soon. Every weekend we have buses taking hundreds of our happy members up North. Are we having a good time? Tickets are on sale on February 25th for the Après-Season “Snow Ball” Dinner + Drink + Dance to celebrate in style the end of this amazing season with friends. The number of tickets is limited to 150 although there are tickets for the Apres party: Drink + Dance. The earlier you sign for the event with your friends, the better seats you get. Let’s all celebrate and have a good time.
Register here for Dinner + Drink + Dance: https://hpsc.ca/event-3692710
Register here for Drink + Dance: https://hpsc.ca/event-3527921
Our club has reinvented itself multiple times. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi. We’ve implemented many changes and have welcomed a lot of new members in the last two years. We’ll be looking for a new volunteer to become The President of High Park Ski Club to lead our club higher during the next two years. My new stellar job has found me and I am moving on to the next chapter of my life to focus on the greater good. If you are interested to become The President of HPSC, to learn about the role & responsibilities in the next two month before the election night on April 30 2020, contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our club blossoms! Cheers for the blossom of snow and the spring to come!
If you are a current member of HPSC and you are or identify as a woman, we invite you for a special women’s event on March 6th to gather and meet all female members of our club. Just 2 days before the International Women’s Day, it’s a perfect occasion to chat, have a drink and start celebrating being a woman among like-minded ladies! Please use the Register for the event and mark your calendar!
The Apres 70th Anniversary Snow Ball that we have planned for April 25 would be extraordinary, although we have to cancel it due to the events happening in our community and around the world. The refunds will be processed by our finance team volunteers within the next couple of weeks. We are looking forward to connecting with many of our members for Election night on-line on April 30. The Board of Directors will continue to communicate with the members the plan for the next season. We will plan a social event for us, when it will be safe to do so. Meanwhile, keep calm and carry on.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to extend our gratitude to you all for being members of our club and for your continuous support to the club’s mission.
This pic might look like it’s back from the future, but it’s real life. HSPC members Angela Johnson and Carolan Mackay, both knee injured skiers, tried ROAM Robotics Exoskeleton out on the Aspen long trip. The exoskeleton fits over your ski pants and supports up to 30% of your body weight. Angela, 17 days post meniscus tear surgery, tried the device and said: “I found I could ski the whole day and I know that it took a lot of the stress off my knee. It never encumbered my turns.” Carolan, 21 days post ACL tear injury, was also able to ski for a half day despite being told that her ski season was over. “I was so curious to try out the technology. Really, words can’t describe how surreal it was to have that feeling of a structure supporting and responding to you.” Both cyborg chicks found that the device was easy to ski in, almost to the point that you could forget about it. The only reminder was the backpack containing the batteries, computer, and a bladder that inflated the pneumatic pump because it made constant noise like a baby goat. The onsite ROAM rep, Brooke Pashley, took amazing care to make sure they understood the device and were able to gain confidence using it. She skied with them until they felt ready to ski on their own. Roam offers the exoskeleton for rent or purchase at several locations in the U.S. The rental and tryout fee is very reasonable. The exoskeleton is not just for injured skiers, but can also help skiers who just find that they don’t have the strength they used to have or perhaps didn’t hit the gym enough prior to their ski trip. www.roamrobotics.com @Roamrobotics
There are just a few seats still open on our overnight and charter trips. If you are interested in a trip, add your name to the waitlist because cancellations happen from time to time, sometimes very close to departure.
NEW for the Lake Placid trip is an option for XC. Here is your chance to ski and snowshoe the Olympic Cross Country ski trails of Mt. Van Hoevenberg. See Lake Placid details on the website, Learn More https://hpsc.ca/event-3508545
1. Lake Placid, 1 seat left to match a male roommate, register NOW!
2. Tremblant March, 2 buses… what a party! There are still seats open although the Register button isn’t showing. The rooming needs to be sorted out so add your name to the waitlist for a seat.
3. Taos, 1 seat for a Male to match rooming.
If you need to cancel the trip, please review and follow long trips cancellation policy. Learn more https://blog.hpsc.ca/2020/01/long-trips-7/
Our ski trips are like trips back to the childhood, when someone takes care of everything and we are just having a blast and come back for dinner after playing in the snow with the red cheeks and big smiles… Our ClubMed trips definitely have it all to feel like a child on a snow carousel.
So you finally
got on a trip – yes our trips this season have been selling out regularly – FANTASTIC! Now there are a few things we would like you to know about HPSC downhill bus etiquette to ensure that all members have a fantastic time as well.
Be at the pick-up location about 10 minutes prior to the listed departure time. Load your gear and get on the bus as quickly as possible. Every minute we are behind schedule is a minute we are not at the hill.
Bin 4 under the bus is for Instructors equipment. All other members can place their equipment in any of the other bins
When getting on the bus please take off your backback and carry it in front of you. You don’t want to hit another member in the head with your bag or even worse your ski boots.
No boots in the overhead bin. This is to make sure that when a bin is opened a boot doesn’t come crashing down and hitting a member. You can tuck your boots under your seat.
At 400/7 all members need to be seated and bins closed before the driver can leave. So please find a seat and stow your bags. You can get up and socialize with your friends later.
Introduce your self to your seat mate. But remember that some members just want to sleep on the trip up. Please respect that.
Like on an airplane, unless you have to, do not throw back your seat as far as it goes, especially if there is someone sitting behind you. Be considerate of other members comfort as well.
If there are any issues on the bus (heating etc.) please talk to the HPSC Bus Captain. They are the only one who should be communicating with the driver.
When we get to the resort please listen to the Bus Captain who will announce where you will be able to pick up your lift ticket. In most cases it will be in or around the bus. It is your responsibility to pick up your lift ticket from YOUR Bus Captain. They will not track you down.
At the resort please let the Instructors off the bus first. They need to get ready and meet to finalize assignments for the day.
In general, it is accepted that the seat you have going to the resort is the seat you have on the return trip. If there are empty seats you can move around. However, remember that if you are in someone else’s seat, they will need to move to someone else’s seat, and so on and so on . . .
Departure time is the time the bus leaves the resort, not the time to show up at the bus. Please be in your seat with everything stored 5 minutes prior to the departure time. This allows the Bus Captain time do a final count and tell the driver if they can go or not.
On the trip home there are some accepted zones on the bus. In general, the back is more talkative (but not on all trips) and playing music is not unheard of. A conga line has sometimes broken out as well. The front of the bus is usually quieter.
We are an inclusive club – remember that not all members have the same sense of humor or taste in music as you and your friends. Please be considerate.
Ask not what your ski club can do for you . . . Remember the Bus Captain is a fellow HPSC member and a volunteer. If you think you can do a better job please volunteer – we are always looking for help.