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How Does Ski School Work?

Kid’s ski school lessons usually run in half day (am or pm) or full day programs starting around 9am. When taking your kids to ski school it is important to plan to get there early, there will be paperwork to fill out, and dragging children and ski gear can take more time than  you think! Also check with the ski school at the resort that you’re going to before you leave, there may be a requirement for bookings, especially on busy weekends and during school holidays. Helmets are also required for children by most if not all ski schools in Australia. Children are divided into groups by ability level and age, and paired with instructors for the day.
Once you’ve dropped your kids off, you’re free to enjoy the slopes yourself until the pick-up time! Clarify what your lunch plans are (some ski schools allow you to meet your child for lunch, or some provide lunch for the kids) and know your kids are in safe, trained hands.

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    Ski Helmet Safety For Kids

    Ski Helmet Safety For Kids:

    Here at Ski and Board Online we have a great selection of Giro helmets to meet every child’s personality enabling you to make safety a priority when at the snow. A kids helmet for skiing and snowboarding is one of the most important items you can purchase as a parent to keep your children safe when on the mountain.

    Important Information:

    The Australian Ski Area Association (ASAA) has recently reviewed and updated its guidance on helmet’s use in alpine and snows sport environments and recommends the wearing of helmets by Australian Skiers and Snowboarders. The ASAA recognizes that a helmet may make a difference in reducing or preventing injury. Its important to note that helmets are most effective at providing protection at speeds of 20kmph or slower. Helmets are now compulsory for all children participating in any Ski and Snowboard school lesson or seasonal program. Children not wearing an accredited helmet will not be able to participate in skiing or snowboarding lessons, race training or coaching.

    Getting it Right:

    Ski and Snowboard helmets are specifically designed for skiing and snowboarding usage. Wearing another sports helmet, such as a bicycle helmet may not provide you with adequate protection at the snow. This includes safety and comfort considerations. The most important consideration when purchasing a helmet is the fit. A properly fitted helmet will be comfortable with no pressure points, and it’s best to try on with your goggles, because if there’s a gap on your forehead between eyebrows and hairline this exposure will get wet, cold and give you the worst kind of ice cream headache. Its important the goggles work together with the helmet, providing you with the correct amount of airflow for your goggles and your helmet.

    How does the sizing work ?

    Ski helmet sizing is measured similarly to your bike’s. Measure a tape or string around the circumference of your head and this will give you a centimetre measurement. Brands measure differently and have different adjustments on the helmet however a general guide goes like this: Small Kids XS – S, Bigger Kids S – M, Teens S – M – L, Adults S – M – L, Most Women S – M, Most Men M – L, Men with big heads L – XL. Most kids heads are mostly grown by the time they are 9 years old, so don’t worry about them growing out of it as usually they last a few years.

    Can I rent one on the mountain ?

    Some resorts rent snow helmets to those who don’t have one and want to have a lesson. This is certainly a budget option to consider however you should also know that linings are not removable and cannot be washed. Certainly renting one is a much better idea than going without.

    What about a cheap one from a discount store ?

    As safety is paramount for your kids at the snow, we would not recommend budgeting for a discount store or a second hand one. Once majorly impacted, they should be replaced immediately as the structure and safety has been compromised. The risk is up to you.

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    What Would Be The Best Mountain To Visit For Families?

    If you are going to the snow and introducing your family to the snow for the first time then you have to decide which mountain will suit your needs best.

    Mt Buller and Falls Creek are probably the most family friendly mountains as they have many beginner slopes. If there is lots of snow then between Mt Buller and Falls Creek you could say that Mt Buller has more black and challenging off piste runs to enjoy.

    Mt Hotham is more of an intermediate to advanced mountain with more challenging runs so if you are big into skiing then this is probably the choice for you.  At Falls Creek there are more ski-in, ski-out locations for accommodation.  Mt Buller also has this too but a lot of the accommodation is also around the village area.  This isn’t a problem as there is a free shuttle bus which loops around the village and takes you to the slopes on a regular basis. All mountains have many eating places and activities so really it’s about how long you will visit for, if you only have a few days then maybe the closest mountain to you will be more beneficial if it has the slopes that you want.

    Here is some information on all of the above mountains, Mt. Buller, Falls Creek, Mt. Hotham.

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    Are There Any Creche Services On The Mountains In Australia?

    Mt Buller, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham all have creche facilities which means if you choose this option there is much more time for you to be out skiing and enjoying the snowfields.

    All of them have all day, half day morning or afternoon sessions. Times are usually between 8.30am – 4pm but check with the mountain for the exact times.

    If you are visiting Mt Buller then they take children in the creche from 3 months to 3 years, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek take children from 3 months to 5 years.  The kids will enjoy a wide range of activities during their stay and if old enough will enjoy snow play too.  You may wish to book on a day to day basis and can change your days and times to suit your needs. Before booking check with the mountain that you are visiting to ascertain what you will need to provide for the creche.

    These links to Mt. Buller, Falls Creek and Mt. Hotham will give you more information on what is offered and the cost involved.

     

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    To Ski Or To Snowboard? When Should I Let My Kids Start Snowboarding?

    SKIING OR SNOWBOARDING. This topic is such a personal preference and is entirely up the the individual whether they wish to ski or snowboard.

    Families can enjoy both skiing and boarding together, adults may ski and the kids want to snowboard. Generally the younger generation like to snowboard but there are not rules to whatever you want to do once you hit the ski slopes.

    With snowboarding there are some limitations with  age. If your  kids are going to have  lessons in the ski school they cannot do a group lesson under the age of 7 but they can have a private lesson.

    It is usually the kids that want to give snowboarding a go especially if they like skateboarding.

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    What Do I Need To Know About Ski School?

    Ski school is very flexible. There are half  and full days available.  You can go for one day or as many days as you like. We recommend you go for a half day first off then you can progress up with a full day and or days, your children are more likely to love it this way.  It is much more beneficial to have a full day in ski school as the kids tend to progress a lot quicker.  They are put into a group according to their skiing ability and then progress up as their skills develop.  This can be very enjoyable for them and if they don’t go there with friends initially they will quickly start to make friends who have the same interest.

     

     

    Some families use ski school more of a crèche so they can have time to themselves to ski.

    Kids enjoy breaks for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea so they are not skiing the whole time which breaks up the day for them.

    It is compulsory for your child to wear a helmet in ski school, If you don’t own one then they are available to hire out.  For more information visit the web site on Mt. Buller, Falls Creek and Mt. Hotham.

     

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    How Do I Get My Family To Ski School In The Morning?

    Getting to ski school on time in the morning can be challenging so by being organised the night before is a big plus!

    Have their gear laid out and ready to go.   Get the kids in bed early so they are well rested for their big fun day out.   Have a open bag to take with them containing their après boots, helmet, goggles and any other bits that you think they might find useful during their day.

    They don’t need to be walking around and over to ski school in their helmet and goggles, this can make them hot and uncomfortable.  Once you have signed them in and they are ready to go out in the snow the helmet and goggles can be put on quickly.

     

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    Are The School Holidays A Good Time To Go To The Snow?

    School holidays are a good time to go to the snow although the first holidays after the snow season opens in June can sometimes be a bit light on for snow so it’s worth checking the snow reports.  Going later in the June/July school holidays is probably a little safer and by then there is more chance of good snow. This can be a busy time to visit as people are often anxious to get to the snow for  the beginning of the season so book ahead. Often there is still ample snow around for the September school holidays and is a great time to visit, this can also be a quieter time to go as well as many head North for the sunshine after a long, cold winter.

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    Should I Put My Kids Into A Private Lesson?

    Private Lessons Skiing and Snowboarding

    Private lessons are fantastic to get you up and going quickly, usually in a couple of hours you will be able to snow plough and turn. Private lessons  are more expensive but can take up to 5 people at the one time which then brings down the cost so if you are in a group and of a similar skiing ability this is a good option, the cost of the lesson can then be split into how ever many people are in the lesson.

    Two hours is an ideal time to have a private lesson as you need to take into consideration that you will spend some time on a chairlift and not on the slopes.  You may want to have a longer lesson if there are a few of you  together.  Here is some more information from the Mt. Buller site for private lessons.

    If you decide to have a few lessons on different days then a particular Ski Instructor can be requested if you find one that you really like, most of the time they will be able to fill your request, if not, there are plenty of experienced instructors available.

     

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    How Can I Get My Kids To Love Going To The Snow?

    Most kids will be super excited about going to the snow so that’s how we want to keep it.  Happy kids equals happy parents! Kids love dressing up so when you first bring home their new ski gear whether it be hired or purchased get them to play dress ups.  If they are too warm in the gear then it will be uncomfortable so let them go outside and play in it.   When at the snow they need to stay warm, if they become cold they will not enjoy the experience, hands and feet are important to keep warm so ensure they have good fitting gloves and quality socks. A fun beanie is also a good investment, you can buy many gorgeous beanies with animal ears and faces on them.    If they are young, tobogganing is a great fun way to spend time together.

     

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    Full Day Or Half Day At Kids Ski School?

    Depending on the age of the children and if they are comfortable being with carers for a whole day will determine which you choose.

    Introducing the Kids to Ski Lessons with a Half Day

    We recommend you start with a half day and if the kids enjoyed it then you could progress to a full day.  What you don’t want to do is to put the kids off by putting them in for a full day and they don’t enjoy it, you won’t get them back in easily.

    The Advantages of Full Day Ski Lessons

    If they are happy doing a full day then this is far more beneficial for them, they will learn more and faster and progress up quicker.   This is good for the family as well, you will be skiing together and enjoying time at the snow quicker.   A full day can sound long but they aren’t out on the slopes the whole day, they have breaks for morning tea and lunch in between times. Once they progress up to a point where they will be out on the slopes skiing with an instructor then they usually go into one of the on mountain eating places to have lunch and hot chocolates, they love this and get to know many more kids.

    For more information about the different Australian Resorts Ski Schools try the links below:

    Mt Buller Ski School for Kids

     

     

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