First time on the snow or a sea­soned reg­u­lar it re­ally doesn’t mat­ter Ready for one of life’s best lessons

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

WE were look­ing for some­one who could give us the good oil on learn­ing to ski and snow­board and af­ter spend­ing the past 32 years in a state of per­pet­ual win­ter we couldn’t have done bet­ter than talk to Mt Hotham’s Nigel Mills.

The di­rec­tor of Hotham’s Ski & Ride School “got the bug” in 1980 and hasn’t seen a sum­mer since.

Why should kids get a les­son when they first come for a ski­ing or board­ing hol­i­day?

Apart from the fun fac­tor of be­ing with kids their age, they will im­prove at a faster rate and learn about be­ing safe in our moun­tain en­vi­ron­ment. It is also a great time for the par­ents to go ski­ing or board­ing and not have to worry about their kids.

Say my son and daugh­ter have been on the snow for a cou­ple of sea­sons, are ca­pa­ble skiers – should they get a les­son?

No mat­ter how good you are the an­swer is yes. As in­struc­tors we con­stantly train our­selves to get bet­ter. The bet­ter you are the more fun you have.

With young chil­dren is it bet­ter to break lessons up – for in­stance two ½ days com­pared to a whole day in ski school?

All par­ents know their own chil­dren’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties so it may be an in­di­vid­ual de­ci­sion, how­ever, if they are phys­i­cally ca­pa­ble they should max­imise their time on the snow.

What is the break-up of kids want­ing to learn ski­ing and board­ing? Is there an age limit, where per­haps mo­tor skills are bet­ter suited to one or the other?

Good ques­tion. We still have about an 80/20 split of chil­dren ski­ing ver­sus snow­board­ing, how­ever, once they are seven years of age we take them into our group lessons.

Younger kids gen­er­ally are bet­ter served co-or­di­na­tion wise hav­ing skis on and be­ing able to sep­a­rate their feet. We do, how­ever, get the lit­tle guy or girl who wants to rip on a snow­board and as such we have a Riglets Pri­vate les­son de­signed just for these guys/girls. This is a pri­vate les­son (90 min­utes) which uses ter­rain based learn­ing where they are on a spe­cially de­signed board and scoot around on our es­pe­cially de­signed ter­rain un­der the guid­ance of one of our high­ly­trained snow­board staff mem­bers.

I’m com­ing to Mt Hotham for the first time with the kids – where do I start?

Start at the ticket of­fice and get your prod­ucts sorted out. From there you will need to get your rental equip­ment and then be at the Big D in time for the kids’ lessons (Might Mites 3 to 5-year-olds start from 8.30am and our Kids Klub 6 to 14year olds start from 9.15am). Re­mem­ber snow­board­ing lessons are from 7 to 14-year-old for kids.

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