Learn­ing to ski can be fun for all

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN JENVEY

AWAY from the hus­tle and bus­tle of Mt Hotham’s main slopes sits the Big D, a place where kids have fun learn­ing how to ski.

The Hotham Kids Ski and Ride School sit­u­ated next to the Big D chair­lift fea­tures a huge va­ri­ety of lessons, pro­grams, ac­tiv­i­ties and of course snow­play.

Chil­dren from as young as three can par­tic­i­pate in group snows­ports lessons.

The Hotham Kids Ski and Ride School is staffed by a range of qual­i­fied in­struc­tors that are ded­i­cated to en­sur­ing your kids have a great time.

Hotham Kids Ski and Ride School man­ager Amanda Brown says there is no bet­ter place for kids to learn how to ski.

“Our main thing is of course safety first and then learn­ing but re­ally what we try to do is in­stil the fun of ski­ing into kids,” Ms Brown said.

“Our group lessons cater for 3-14 year olds, our Mighty Mites pro­gram is for ski­ing only and that’s 3-5 year olds and then our Kids Club is 6-14 years for ski­ing and 7-14 years for snow­board­ing.

“We also have a day care and in our day care pro­gram we have a ski pro­gram, so we also teach two year olds and run pri­vate lessons for them.

“There’s also a wrig­glets pro­gram up at Hotham Cen­tral where 3-6 year olds can learn to snow­board too and they are pri­vate lessons as well.”

Not sur­pris­ingly the school hol­i­days are the busiest time of the year for the Kids Ski and Ride School.

The most re­cent hol­i­days saw an av­er­age of 400 kids par­tic­i­pate in group lessons on a daily ba­sis.

“It’s sur­pris­ing how smooth ev­ery­thing runs and you some­times look back and won­der how,” Ms Brown said.

“Our sys­tems are more re­fined than they used to be so even when we have those busy 400 kid days it’s like clock­work.

“The best thing is we pretty much have the whole of Big D to use, we have the magic car­pets for the be­gin­ners and also the dragon wag­ons which take the kids a bit higher up the hill.

“We have a lot of kids that re­turn on school hol­i­days and week­ends be­cause they love it and want to keep com­ing back.”

Ms Brown who has been a part of the ski school for 25 year says it isn’t just the kids who have all the fun.

“Kids make us laugh ev­ery day, that’s the best part of the job.”

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