Winter is coming. How are you going to spend your time? It’s easy to want to curl up and retreat into a semi-hibernation state until the warm weather returns — but that only makes the winter seem to last longer. Since you can’t escape winter, why not embrace it? Get out and get active and let the weather do what it wants while you have a blast. To help you get started, here are some winter sports clubs in Toronto that you might want to check out.
North Toronto Ski Club
If you love to ski or snowboard, and you love to socialize, then you’re going to love being a member (minimum age 19) of the North Toronto Ski Club. Since 1960, the club has been bringing people together and getting skiers onto the slopes. The club is run by volunteer members. They organize Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday day trips for alpine skiers and snowboarders, and Saturday and Sunday nordic ski trips to different destinations throughout Ontario and beyond. Just sign up, get on the bus and go! There is a bus pick up point at the NTSC Clubhouse at 214 Merton Street #105, only steps from Davisville Village.
But that’s not all! For serious powder-hounds, they also offer weekend and week-long ski charters to world-class ski resorts across the globe.
In addition to the skiing, this club is a great way to get out and meet new people and have fun. There are fun and informal General Socials every two weeks all season long, as well as the Special Socials including the Start Up Bash, Pub Crawl, Holiday Party, and Year-End Gala.
If you need to improve your ski skills, they have over 70 qualified instructors offering alpine skiing, snowboarding or nordic skiing lessons for all levels.
Central Toronto Skating Club
If you’re looking to sharpen your skating skills, and have some fun this winter, the Central Toronto Skating Club (140 Sherbourne Street) is ready to hit the ice with you. The club operates out of two main locations: Moss Park Arena, and Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens).
They offer affordable skating lessons for adults and children of all skill levels. The club features professional coaches certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). They follow the program developed by Skate Canada, the governing body of figure skating in Canada. The program consists of:
CanSkate – This program teaches the fundamentals of skating to kids 4 to 17 years of age. It lays the foundation for figure skating, hockey or recreational skating.
CanAdult – This is a learn-to-skate program for adults. Lessons are taught in groups by a certified coach and assisted by experienced adult skaters.
StarSkate – If you take your skating seriously, this club offers group lessons as well as private coaching and practice time for figure skaters and ice dancers from Preliminary to Gold/Diamond level.
Wherever you’re at, the Central Toronto Skating Club can help take your skills to the next level.
Extreme Toronto Sports Club
If you take your sports seriously, you should seriously consider joining the Extreme Toronto Sports Club (XTSC) at 90 Sheppard Ave E Suite 102. The club was started in 2004 by a group of sports enthusiasts looking to take their game to the next level, while bringing the fun and excitement back into the local sports scene. Choose from men’s, women’s, co-ed, individual or team sports from XTSC’s year-round programs. In winter, they offer indoor soccer, volleyball and more. Take your fun to the extreme this winter
Just 4 Fun Sporting Club
If an extreme sports club sounds a bit too extreme for your taste, give the Just 4 Fun Sporting Club a try. There’s no pressure, you don’t have to be great, you just need to want to add some fun into your day. They offer drop-in league sports everyone can enjoy. Choose a league that’s right for you, that plays a regular game at a regular time. Seasonal leagues last between 10 and 14 weeks. The club offers men’s, women’s and co-ed leagues for soccer and ball hockey, as well as scheduled drop-in games of volleyball, basketball, soccer, football and more, depending on the season. They are located at 163 Weston Road, just north of Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue.
The Boulevard Club
Credit: The Boulevard Club
Established in 1905 as the Parkdale Canoe Club, The Boulevard Club (1491 Lake Shore Blvd W) has evolved over the years to become one of the most exclusive private sports and social clubs in Toronto. The picturesque location on the lake couldn’t be more perfect. The club offers a full slate of athletic programs, including badminton, lawn bowling, karate, lawn bowling, tennis, yachting and more.
The fun doesn’t stop when the snow flies. There are 8 bubbled championship tennis courts for winter as well as a host of other Indoor Drop-In Sports including basketball, indoor lawn bowling, volleyball and pickleball. Never played pickleball? It’s like a combination of badminton and table tennis. It’s played on a badminton court with a lowered net, a whiffle ball and big hand-held paddles. It’s super fun and all the required equipment is provided.
Time flies when you’re having fun. Sign up with a winter sports club and you may find yourself wishing winter would last a little longer.
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