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Program Manager

Eric Musselman

416.922.3714 x 105

Learn to Ski/Snowboard


The 2017 winter season is just around the corner, and we are getting ready for the popular Learn to Ski/Snowboard program at Mooredale.  Here are the details for this coming season:

  • Lessons are offered Wednesday or Thursday at Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre
  • Participants can be 4 - 12 years of age  (Snowboarding is 6+ years of age)
  • Program runs from Wednesday January 25 - March 1 and Thursday January 26 - March 2 (6 Weeks) 
  • Participants will travel to EBSSC by bus, with two pickup locations:  Whitney Public School (Pickup 3:35pm, Drop off at 7:30pm) and Mooredale (Pickup at 4:00pm, Drop off at 7:50pm)
  • Lessons provided by certified EBSSC staff
  • The cost for 6 classes is $410 with ski/snowboard rental or $390 without rental
  • Optional:  Optional dinner featuring a famous Summerhill Market sandwich for $95 (see description below)

**Part Time Seasonal Job Opportunity**

We will hiring Chaperons for this program, ages 16 and older.  Ski and snowboard experience an asset but not required.  Job Descriptions will be listed on the right of this page on November 21st.  For further questions, please email the Program Manager. 

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Program Manager

Email: programs@mooredale.on.ca

Fax: 416-922-4523

Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.




Learn to ski in the city! Mooredale is offering ski and snowboard lessons in partnership with Earl Bales Ski & Snowboard Centre.  Participants will be picked up by bus from Whitney Public School or Mooredale House and travel to EBSSC where certified ski and snowboard instructors will teach your children the basics of skiing and snowboarding during a 1 to 1.5 hour long group lesson.


  • Appropriate winter clothing
  • Winter Coat
  • Snow Pants
  • Waterproof/resistant winter Mitts/Gloves
  • Winter hat
  • Neck Warmer
  • Helmet (available with rental if you do not own one)
  • Water bottle

If Renting: a pair of skis, boots, helmet and poles are provided to children. If your child is snowboarding, the snowboard, helmet and boots are provided.
*Snowboarding available to participants 6yrs and up.


The evening is lead by chaperons and ski/snowboard lessons are taught by certified Earl Bales Instructors. A school bus is provided for transportation. Earl Bales Instructors are fully certified within one or more of the following organizations: Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance, Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors, Canadian Ski Coaches Federation, Canadian Ski Patrol System.

Instructors are provided 5:1(4-5years) and 8:1 ratio (6+ years). Chaperons are provided for the bus travel and supervision on the hill at 6:1. *Supervision and time will not be provided for purchasing food at the ski hill snack bar.  Please send along a packed snack/supper or purchase the meal option.

To register, please submit a paper registration form or register online. Following registration you will be provided with a waiver and an additional information form.

*Optional:  Dinner featuring a Summerhill Market sandwich:
An optional dinner package is available for purchase and will include the following:

  • Sandwich (Egg salad, tuna, ham or turkey breast)
  • Juice box
  • Crackers and Cheese (or similar snack item)
  • Dessert

Summerhill will accommodate most allergies and dietary requirements. Please note these on the additional ski form which will be provided.

 Frequently Asked Questions

1.       What happens if I was unable to make the fitting?

If you were unable to make the fitting, that’s okay because there are some options.  At the very least we will do the fitting at the start of the first class.  If you are in the neighbourhood you could stop in at Earl Bales before the program starts and they can do the fitting on site in the rental shop.  


2.       What happens to my child’s ‘stuff’ during the program?

Other than ski equipment and outdoor clothing, we leave everything on the bus including snacks and school backpacks.  The bus driver stays with and secures the bus while we are skiing. 


3.       How much skiing time is there?

There are variables involved (specifically traffic and weather), but IF the bus leaves Mooredale on time (4 pm) and if traffic and weather are normal, and once participants are familiar with the facilities and the equipment, we find students can be on the hill between 5 and 5:15.  At the end of the evening we start packing up the youngest participants between 6:30 and 6:40, and the older participants between 6:35 and 6:45.  Our goal is to have 1 ½ hours on the hill at a minimum.  Cold/warm weather and snow conditions can impact the amount of time participants want to be on the hill.

This is greatly helped by having participants arrive at least 10 min before departure time at both pickup locations so we can take attendance and settle in.


4.       Can I still sign up for the meal option?

Yes, you can still opt in!  Please let Catherine in the office know (she is CC’d on the email) and she can take payment.

This year there is some choice involved in the meal, so if you have opted in please fill out the following forms – one for each child:

If you have ordered supper but do not select which sandwich option your child wants, we will pick each Monday when we order.

Can I change what I ordered?

Yes you can.  Orders can be changed up to noon on the Monday before the           lesson.  Please inform me by email of any changes you wish.


5.       How much food/snack should I send?

It does depend on the child, but we have time during pick up to eat, and we give some time before we leave the ski hill to return home.  The dinner option will have a sandwich, two drink boxes, a snack and a desert included.


6.       Can they purchase food at the snack bar at Earl Bales?

We highly discourage this as we have found in the past that participants can take up to 45 minutes to take gear off, order something to eat, eat, and get gear back on.  Our chaperons will not be providing supervision for anyone doing this, so please don’t send money along. 


7.       How warm should they dress?

Dress as warm as you would for tobogganing or outdoor skating.  The participants are active and do get warmed up quickly, even if there is a wind chill.  We suggest a balaclava or thin toque so the helmet fits snugger. 


8.       Should I label my equipment?

Yes!  Please label as much as possible.  While we do our best to bring everything home with us, and with the right child, items can be left behind and misplaced.  Labeling helps us to find those things better.


9.       Are lessons ever cancelled?

Please see the outline for more details, but Earl Bales operates in all weather conditions, even rain.  The nature of an outdoor program is that weather is not always perfect.  However, we will cancel a session if the drive to and from the hill is adversely affected by snowfall and heavy traffic.


10.   Are cancelled lessons made up?

If a lesson needs to be cancelled, we will try to make up the missed class at the end of the session if weather and conditions allow.


11.   What if my child is going to be absent?

If you know in advance of a class that your child will miss, please let us know in advance so we don’t keep the bus waiting trying to track you down to find out if you are coming!  You can let us know by email or by phoning Catherine in the office.


12.   My child has lots of experience, are they required to wear a helmet?

Yes!  Earl Bales requires that all children, regardless of experience, wear helmets.


13.   Did I see that I can come along to watch my child (a.k.a.  make sure they are okay)?

Yes, we do allow parents to join.  Please keep in mind that you are committing to spending up to two hours on a bus!  Parents are also welcome to drive to the hill and meet us there. Keep in mind that our Wednesday program is full and space is now very limited for extra passengers.



Program Manager

Eric Musselman

416.922.3714 x 105

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