President’s Report – Many things to be thankful for!

October 13, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving to all in the HPSC community!

As we move into mid October, it really does feel that things are slowly returning back to normal, or at least as close to normal as possible right now. 

On September 30th we held the club’s Annual General Meeting virtually.  A thank you to the 70+ members who logged in, and to Kerry Kupecz for acting as the Chairperson for this year’s meeting.  The club Annual Report is available to members on our website under About Us/Club Documents. 

This past Thursday we had a successful Charter trip sign up, with three trips reaching initial capacity!  We honestly were unsure about how enthusiastic members would be.  While some trips are full, if you are interested, please put your name on the wait list – sometimes additional spots can be negotiated, and frequently people’s plans or situations change opening up spots.  Also please consider the other available trips – all are to great resorts!

I personally want to say thank you to the members of our Long Trips Committee for all of their hard work over the last two seasons. It really has not been easy.  And a thank you to all the members who have stepped up to be Trip Leaders this year.  Without each one of our volunteers our club could not function. 

As a reminder, you must be fully vaccinated to sign up for any of the trips, so please send in your vaccination proof ( as soon as possible; or at least as a first step please go into your membership profile and click on Edit and acknowledge your vaccination status, (as well as the Code of Conduct, and waiver). At this point about half of our current members have provided or shown their vaccination proof.  You must do at least one or the other prior to long trip signup on October 28th in order to register for a trip.  You will eventually need to show us your vaccination proof.

I will be available in person to review your vaccination proof after SkiFit for the next two Saturdays, in High Park (just north of the Maple Leaf by Grenadier Pond) between approximately 10:45 to 11:15am.  If you would like to arrange a different time and place, please contact me and we can try to work something out. 

If you didn’t join last season due to COVID we understand and would really like to see you back as a member. Just a reminder, the early bird rate of $150 (+HST) for returning members ends on October 31st.  As of November 1st, the fee increases to $170 (+HST).  (For all new members the $150 rate continues for the entire season.)

And personally, this week my 2021/22 Ikon pass arrived in the mail which always lifts my spirits in anticipation of the coming season.  Hope to see as many of you on the hills and trails this coming year!

Justin Graham

President, High Park Ski Club