Learning to ski can be fun for all
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.”