Alpine Day Trip Info
Please ensure to dress in layers so you can adjust your clothing to your activity level. Some Items to consider to bring:
Travel to and from the ski areas is via luxury coach. We use Coach Canada. The bus is usually white, but occasionally a different bus arrives. The Bus waits for no one! Please try to arrive at least 10-15 minutes in advance of the scheduled bus arrival time. That will give you time to pay the parking lot meter, collect your gear and make your way to the pick up spot.
All buses are not equal. Traditionally, the front of the bus is considered the quieter zone and the rear of the bus is the social zone. Bus #1 is reserved for quieter travel. Depending on how many buses we run for a particular trip, Bus #2 and #3 often play loud music and tend to be more rambunctious…and there is no quiet zone. Forewarned is forearmed, so check the sign in the bus window before boarding the bus.
We do our best to put signs denoting which bus is which in the window, but sometimes the signs aren’t there. The bus captains will call out the numbers as they get off, but if in doubt, ask.
No set order of arrival for the buses at the pickup points. When the buses arrive, it may look like a fire drill gone mad as people race to their bus of choice.
Skis or snow boards are stored in the compartments under the bus. Your skis or board have to be packed in a ski bag. There is one compartment allocated for each pickup point on the return trip (to avoid the confusion of trying to remember the compartment in which you put your equipment). Usually they are marked, but if they are not, ask the driver which compartment has been allocated for your stop.
Boots and Boot Bags are stored on the bus — no one likes cold tootsies. No one likes being dive bombed by falling boots either, so please store them under the seats, not in the overhead compartments.
You will find the bus trip a great opportunity for socializing.
As a first-time skier or snowboarder or a relatively new skier (Step 1 & 2) or beginner snowboarder, you will not need to access the entire mountain as you will stay in the learning areas. Some resorts have a Beginner Lift ticket that gives you access to their beginner lifts only. If you are a beginner and renting this is a more affordable option to purchase your beginner lift access with your rental package from the hill. To do this you need to select "BUS ONLY" from NTSC and pay this portion when you register online. You will not get a lift ticket from NTSC as you will purchase it on your own at the hill when you arrive.
Note: Once you are promoted to Step 3 Skiing or Intermediate Snowboard, you will need a full lift pass to access Blue Terrain.
Members are entitled to a lesson at no charge on every day trip. There is no maximum and no minimum amount of lessons you can take. Lessons are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at Mount St Louis Moonstone and 10:15 a.m. at Blue Mountain, but that will depend on what time the bus arrives at the hill.
Members can join the club on the hill (drive-up). To ensure availability of a lesson, you must register on the Alpine Day Trips page. Please note that guests are not allowed to drive up. Also, "drive-ups" are responsible for purchasing their own lift tickets and are typically not eligible for group lift ticket pricing.
Guests are welcome too! The guest fee is $20. Guests are welcome to join in the NTSC lessons. However please note that lessons CANNOT be provided to guests who drive up. Registration of a guest must to be done by a member via online system. A guest can take only 2 day trips with the club over a season.
The bus captain will announce when the bus arrives what time the lessons will start and where to find them.
Online Credit card payment available and preferable. We are NOT accepting cash payments on the buses. When you are checked by the bus captain, you will be given a coupon. Please do not lose it – you will need to exchange the coupon for a lift ticket when the bus arrives at the hill.
When the bus arrives at the hill, the bus captain will go into the chalet to pick up the lift tickets and bring them back to the bus for distribution. Please stay around the bus so you can exchange your coupon for a lift ticket
Remember to take your personal belongings or lunch with you. The buses are usually closed during a day. If you bring a lunch with you, please remember to take it and any other personal belongings that you may need or want during the day with you into the chalet. All the public resorts have rental lockers.
Lockers at Mount St Louis Moonstone require a $5 deposit for a key and give you multiple in-out access. A $2 refund will be made when you return the locker key at the end of the day.
Lockers at Blue Mtn. are coin operated, so remember to bring lots of change (quarters, loonies and toonies). You pay every time you open and close it. The lockers in the South Base lodge rental area are a little more expensive than those upstairs in the chalet, but are a little larger.
Private clubs (Wednesday trips) have no lockers. Please take your valuables with you. Also a lot the private clubs DON'T have ski racks with locks - theft can be a concern so it is advised that you lock your skis.
If you are planning to rent equipment on a hill, let the bus captain know when they collect your trip fee. Arrangements will be made to group all the renters together and take them to the rental shop, as well as explain where to find the lessons.
The cost of rentals is not included in the bus and lift cost: this is an additional cost paid for by the member. Please refer to each resorts website about details and the exact costs. Please indicate to your Bus Captain on way up the resort that you're renting, and he/she will arrange an experienced member to help.
Often there will be more than one group using Coach Canada. You may walk to the parking area for the return trip only to see six or seven Coach Canada buses in a row. The Coach Canada bus number is the only way of finding your bus.
Your bus captain will announce what your Coach Canada bus number is and the bus departure time back to Toronto. Please be sure to listen to what your Coach Canada bus number is. Don’t count on recognizing your driver, especially on return Après trips, because they are replaced by fresh drivers.
Try to be at the bus at least 5 minutes before the scheduled departure time so you have enough time to store your gear and take your seat.
Members expect to keep their seat on the return trip, and we ask everyone to be considerate of this fact.
This does not however imply that you are locked into the seat.
If you happened to have taken a lesson or skied with a member during the day and would prefer to sit with them on the return trip, you are more than welcome to do so as long as the seat is vacant or that person's seatmate is amenable to switching seats.
We do a head count to make sure we don’t forget anyone, so…….. If you decide to switch buses, please do not do so without checking with the bus captain on the bus to which you wish to switch to ensure that there is space. It is also important so they are aware that they have extra riders, which will affect their head count for the return trip.
Please also be sure to tell the bus captain on the bus from which you are leaving that you are switching, so the bus captain is aware that the head count will change.
If you decide not to take the bus back for whatever reason (such as you got a ride back with friends who drove up, etc,) please be sure to tell your bus captain, so the bus captain is aware of the head count change.
The club has a tradition of sharing treats and refreshments on the bus rides home and you are invited to partake and bring something to share if you feel like it.