New member snowboarder – from rookie to rockstar in one season

Ani is riding Marmot Basin mountain in Jasper, just one year after the step 0 lesson with HPSC

Ani has joined our club last year at the members appreciation event with double double lessons of ground zero snowboarding. A year later at the same time Ani is sharing photos and videos of his accomplishments on the black diamonds in Jasper. Experts snowboarders, who are mastering the skills for years and took many big mountain trips over the years, are impressed. Ani has expressed the gratitude to HPSC instructors for spending time with him at MSLM , teaching him new skills, helping to do the drills and mastering the moves. Ani now has higher mountain dreams – Japan, Europe, more places in the West, maybe even moving closer to the mountains, if “working from home” can be stretched that far.

I’ve asked Ani: “How did you achieve such an amazing progress in the short period of time? ” Ani was very sincere and emotional: “I was there every single Saturday, man!” Ani means it, when we hit the dance floor on New Years eve – Ani was first to dance, when we share the notes of the day – Ani is fully engaged. Living life to the fullest, eh?

“Crossover Day” is back!

HPSC’s marketing and communications directors – both downhill skiers – tried their hand at cross-country last year! Photo cred: Heather Steel

It’s our annual tradition of introducing downhillers to the pain and joy of a sport that gives you an actual work out 😉 It’s Crossover Day!

Late return means beautiful light at the end of the day! This is why we ski! Photo cred: Heather Steel

We head to Scenic Caves where we’ll have plenty of opportunities for beginner lessons, guided snowshoeing, and a lovely wine and cheese party at the end of the day in the log cabin.

Scenic Caves is located in Collingwood and has a lovely set of ski and snowshoe trails along the escarpment. Beautiful views of Georgian Bay await, and take the opportunity to walk to the impressive Suspension Bridge!

Don’t miss it! While the trip is full, we’re hoping to make this a two bus party. Get yourself on the waitlist. If there’s enough people and conditions are good, we’ll send you all up!

Surprise – there’s wine and cheese!

Long Trips Second Bus to Tremblant

The interest in our March trip to Tremblant has been very strong. To accommodate the lengthy waitlist, we added a 2nd bus. Waitlisted members were given priority to sign up last week so now there are just 18 open seats left on bus #2. Yahoo, what a party! Over 100 keen HPSC skiers giving Tremblant a go. But don’t overlook the many seats still open to other resorts. Our trips are lots of fun and a chance to get away for a holiday at a big mountain resort. Here’s what is available:

Holiday Valley-1, 1 seat,

Holiday Valley-2, 12 seats,

Mt Ste Anne, 5 seats,

Lake Placid, 21 seats,

Tremblant March, 18 seats

Silver Star, 1 seat

For details and to register, go to the website homepage and login. Cancellations happen from time to time so be sure to check the status on the homepage. Where you see, “On Sale”, there will be at least one seat open.

High Park Snow School – Ready to serve in 2020!

High Park Snow School is the team of our instructors , many of whom have professional certification from both CSIA and CSCF. As part of the Snow School, all instructors must attend mandatory technical training sessions, both on and off the hill, managed by our Technical Director Sandy Gardner. Sandy has spent his life dedicated to skiing, teaching and the industry. He is a CSIA Level 4 & CSIA Level 4 Course Conductor. Every year Snow School goes to Tremblant in December for the instructors training and as part of the tradition the picture is taken. Here is the latest picture from W1 Tremblant 1 2019 trip. Picture is organized and by Peter Simmerle and Don Williams. Snow School executives are in the front row, led by Snow School Directors Christine Bellerose and David Manning. After training in Tremblant HPSC is ready to serve in 2020 to help our members to have safe, fun lessons on the snow and to improve the skills continuously.

Happy New Year, High Park Ski Club!

This season we mark the 70th Anniversary of our club, we look back on the remarkable achievements our club volunteers have made throughout our history. We recommitted ourselves to our shared values, and we celebrated the diversity that makes us strong. Thousands of people – of different background, origin and culture – have come together to enjoy winter snow sports in a fun, friendly and supportive community through seventy years of our history. All of us have bright memories about the club that will make us say: Those were the days, my friends…

In 2019, we made real progress toward our goals to grow our club, to attract new generations of members. Our Board of Directors and many volunteers took actions to improve our activities and processes to build a better future for our club. We’ve added few overnight trips based on the demand of our members that we coordinate via wait lists. Apres 70th Anniversary season Tremblant 3 second bus in now a go! Register! We’ve planned Apres Season Snow Ball and have invited outstanding hosts for the event and Awards Ceremony. It would be a fun celebration not to be missed!

Let’s continue to celebrate the values that unite us – openness, inclusion, commitment to the active & healthy life style, winter sports and travelling. Let’s move forward and work together to build a better future for all of us. Volunteer, participate and have fun! In January we will have two members appreciation days: Downhill Day trip Double double (lessons in the morning and in the afternoon) with pizza for Apres Ski and Cross over day trip organized by Cross Country team with Apres Wine & cheese party. Both trips traditionally have 2 buses with more pick ups. Looking forward to see you there!

On behalf of the Board Of Directors and the Jasper Trip group I wish you a wonderful New Years night and all the best in 2020. Let’s raise our champagne glasses: Shine and sparkle High Park Ski Club! Let it snow! Let it be champagne powder on all our trips!

Stella, HPSC Volunteer President

Happy New Year!! Book your January ski days now!!

The New Year means the ski season is moving into full swing with four HPSC alpine day trips scheduled each week (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday). 

Caution – Don’t risk not getting on the daytrips you want. Sign up early and often!

The full January schedule is available for registration, so go in and book all of the daytrips you plan on going on.  As we did last year, we are guaranteeing to run at least one bus (except due to extreme weather conditions) for all scheduled trips in January and February.  A second bus will only be added if there is strong interest and we have filled the first bus, so it is best to sign up as soon as possible.   Our club is growing quickly, which means more sold out buses, so sign up early and sign up often.

Alpine Daytrip highlights in January:

January 11 @ MSLM: Member Appreciation and Double Double Lessons. You can take lessons both morning and afternoon with our own HPSC Ski Instructors, and then stay for a special Pizza après event for HPSC Members only. This is a Member only trip. The bus will depart at 6:15pm allowing for additional time to socialize and get to know your fellow HPSC members.

January 25: Alpine/Nordic Cross-Over Day – Downhill skiers and boarders are encouraged to try out cross-country skiing or snowshoeing with our fellow Nordic HPSC members at Scenic Caves.  At the end of the day is the annual Nordic Wine & Cheese event.  Nordic skiers are encouraged to cross-over and try downhill or boarding for the day at Mount St. Louis Moonstone.  As always, all HPSC members can take free lessons with our own qualified ski school instructors.

January 26@Blue Mountain:  National Ski and Snowboard Day and free HPSC Pizza Lunch.  Join the HPSC Sunday@Blue Crew to celebrate National Ski and Snowboard Day with one of our special pizza lunch events. 

Also open for registration is the special members only day trip to Holiday Valley on February 15.  This is the only daytrip we will be running over Family Day weekend.  No drive up option is available for this trip.

Don’t delay and risk not getting on the daytrips you want . . . sign up early, and sign up often. 

https://hpsc.ca/downhill-trip-registration-page

What is a Walk-On and how do you pay for a trip? New Walk-On Procedure

When there are extra spaces on the bus, members are allowed to show up (usually at 400/7 only) and ‘walk-on’ the bus. 

However, there is a cost to this privilege – the club has reinstituted the $10 walk-on fee for all downhill daytrips to encourage members to not wait and to sign up before the regular deadline. 

And in response to requests, you can now pay electronically when you walk-on. 

Please follow the ‘walk-on’ procedure outlined below:

  1.  Check the Downhill Trip Status Page (link below) on the website to see if Walk-Ons will be allowed, and at what stops.  If the status is No Walk-Ons it is because the bus has sold out . . . please do not try to be a special walk-on.   
  2. Allow all registered members to get on the bus first and find a seat.  If you are at 400/7 please wait outside the bus until the Bus Captain indicates the number of available Walk-On seats. 
  3. Walk-On spots are on a first come, first service basis.  We cannot have more people on the bus than the number of seats. If there are more potential walk-ons than available seats, please discuss amongst the other potential walk-ons and the bus captain a fair and equitable process.  
  4. When allowed on the bus, find a seat and store your gear appropriately (no boots in the overhead bin).  The bus cannot leave until everyone has a seat and is seated.  You can socialize with your friends when the bus gets underway.
  5. The bus captain will make his/her announcements and will also state that the Walk-On module on the website and app is enabled (it will only be available when the bus is on the highway).  At this point you can go online on your smart phone to either the Wild Apricot for Members App or to the HPSC website and go to the event for the trip that also says WALK ON in the title.  You will be asked to pay for the Walk-On fee, your lift ticket option, and the bus fee (bus vouchers are not allowed for walk-ons).  NOTE:  You can still pay by cash if you choose.
  6. When the Bus Captain comes around to check you in, please let them know what your lift ticket option is and show them your proof of payment (either from the app or the confirmation email). 
  7. Enjoy your day!!  And remember to be back on the bus and in your seat at least 5 minutes prior to departure time. (If you are not coming back on the bus, please let the bus captain know at some point during the day.) 

https://hpsc.ca/Downhill-Day-Trips-Status

If driving up please register in the separate DRIVE UP module created for each trip!

One of the privileges of being an HPSC Member is the ability to drive up to the resort on your own or with friends and still participate in lessons with our fantastic ski/boarding instructors.  This privilege is not extended to any guests on trips.  You can drive up together, but only members can participate in the free HPSC lessons.   Only members and guests who are on the bus receive the group discount lift ticket.  

As outlined in a previous post, if you want to drive up, we require you to register so that the ski school is prepared for the right number of students and have the correct number of instructors available. 

Each downhill daytrip has a corresponding and separate Drive Up module.  If you want to drive up to the resort you need to register on the SEPARATE Drive Up module and not the regular trip module.  If you are being asked about your lift ticket option or bus pick up location, you are in the regular module.  Please exit and find the one with Drive Up in the title.   

https://hpsc.ca/downhill-trip-registration-page

Apres 70th Anniversary Season spectacular trip & party in Tremblant in March

Based on a high interest we’ve added second bus for Tremblant 3 trip (March 27-29). Registration is now open, as you know the trip will sell fast. It’s a great trip for new members, new to sport, snowboarders, snowshoers and hikers, and just as a social trip. Great value, mega party! Apres ski in the mild spring conditions in Tremblant is the best! We’ll have a retro party on the bus to celebrate 7 decades of our club’s history and we’ll will dance in Le P’tit Caribou, considered one of the best après-ski bars in the world. Let’s plan to finish 70th Anniversary season spectacular strong! https://hpsc.ca/event-3507219