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Minis 1

Our minis ski course is a fun way for children between five and eight to learn to ski. Each lesson will need to be repeated to reach the required standard to move up to the next level.

Is it right for me?

This is for children between ages five and eight.

How does it work?

Our experienced, qualified instructors will meet the minis in our equipment room and get them kitted out with skis, boots and a helmet. Equipment is always included in our prices - you'll just need to bring a pair of gloves and wear full length sleeves and trousers.

The first lesson will cover how to wear the safety equipment and the rules of the slope. The children will then learn how to move around on the flat before progressing onto side stepping up the slope. They'll learn how to turn on the slope and ski down in a straight line The minis will have about an hour on the slope with their instructor. With maximum group sizes of four there will be plenty of time for individual help and support.

What comes next?

After each lesson, the instructor will let you know whether your mini is ready to proceed to the next level. When you are, you can book the next lesson!
FAQ's

Yes we offer ski lessons from ages 5+. There are 2 options: 


Minis Group Lessons

We offer a course of 5 group lessons called Minis. Lessons are suitable for children aged 5 - 8 and each lesson will have a maximum of 4 children per instructor and are 1.5 hours. The course is designed so that lessons are repeated until a required standard is met and the child is ready to move up to the next level. Your childs instructor will let you know when they are ready to progress. 


Minis Private Lessons

These are 1 to 1 lessons just for children aged 5 -8. They can be used as an assessment to determine whether younger children are ready to join group minis lessons or as a way of younger children learning to ski. Each lesson is 45 minutes long (including kit up and dekit time). 


You can book group and private minis lessons here -https://mendip.me/book/minis/

You can book Minis lessons here - https://mendip.me/book/minis/

All participants will need to wear full length sleeves, full length trousers, a pair of socks and a pair of full fingered gloves. 

We will provide ski boots, skis and a helmet. You are welcome to provide your own helmet if you prefer. 

If your child has had a ski lesson elsewhere or has experience of skiing on snow, we would recommend booking them into a private Minis session. This can be used to assess which level of group minis sessions is most suitable for them or if they are ready to use the slope as a recreational skier. 

Unfortunately we are unable to offer snowboarding lessons to children younger than 8 years old. 

It is up to you! Some children learn better in the smaller group size of the minis and with the younger children where as some children prefer the longer, adult group sessions. You are welcome to book 8 year olds onto either session type.

General FAQ's

This ranges depending on the activity...


Tobogganing is available for ages 4+

Skiing is available for ages 5+

Snowboarding is for ages 8+ (but must also have at least a size 2 feet and be 1.2m tall)

Frisbee Golf does not have an age restriction and under 6's play for free


Our outdoor activity sessions can be run in two ways, with different minimum ages:


If you are booking individual spaces on an activity session, the minimum age for most activities is 8. 


You are also able to book a session privately just for your group. If you book the session exclusively we can relax the age restriction to include children aged 6 or 7. At least one adult must take part and be included in the group if there is anyone taking part under the age of 8.  

As an outdoor activity centre we go ahead whatever the weather! The only exception to this rule is lightning directly over the centre, which we monitor very closely. Make sure you bring a change of clothes if it's raining, wrap up warm if it's windy, and drink plenty of fluids if it's hot. Make an adventure of it!!!

All of our activity sites have plenty of parking onsite. Parking is free of charge.

We are very fortunate to be situated in such a stunning location set in the Mendip hills. Unfortunately, this does come with its limitations. We have recently installed a lift in our main centre which allows disabled access to our cafe-bar. 


The paths leading to our onsite activities can be fairly muddy and uneven. Pushchairs/wheelchairs/mobility scooters may struggle depending on what part of the site they are trying to access. 


Please view our full accessibility statement here: www.mendip.co.uk/accessibility

You will receive a confirmation email from us once your booking has been made. Sometimes this email can end up in your junk folder, so please check there first if you can't find it. 


If you can't find a confirmation email, your online booking may not have been fully completed - please check whether the session you were trying to book is still available online. If it is, please try to make the booking again. If it's not, please contact us so that we can check what's happened.

The Alpine Lounge is open!


Check out our website https://www.alpinelounge.co.uk/ for the current opening times and to view the menu.


We do no accept bookings for the cafe, it is walk in only. 


Mendip Activity Centre, Mendip Lodge and Mendip Basecamp are all cashless. 


We accept all major credit and debit cards (excluding American express).

Yes! We have a bunkhouse right on site that is available year round and, during the Summer months, we have 2 canvas villages onsite also. 


For full information, pricing and options please see our Education webpage here - https://www.mendip.co.uk/education

Yes! Whatever your size, scale or budget, we offer bespoke team away days. 

Take a look here for more info -https://www.mendip.co.uk/corporate 

Yes we do! To book a Birthday party click here - www.mendip.me/party/ 


You are able to book any of our onsite activities as a Birthday Party package including use of our party room and food for all participants. 


You are also able to book any of our activities as an exclusive session just for your group and use this as a birthday party if you are looking for just an activity with no catering option. 


Our public opening times are kept up to date here: 

https://www.mendip.co.uk/about-mendip


If in doubt, all activities can be booked in advance at www.mendip.co.uk/familiesandindividuals 


We are open to private education groups, corporate groups, youth groups outside of this time. 

Education enquiries here: www.mendip.co.uk/education

Corporate enquiries here: www.mendip.co.uk/corporate

Youth group enquiries here: www.mendip.co.uk/youthgroups






Tobogganing
Christmas and Twilight tobogganing is sold out so we are unable to rearrange your session outside of your booked times.


Frisbee golf or recreational snowsports

We are likely to be able to change your start time at arrival as long as it is within our opening hours and on the same day.


Private session
We will start whenever you arrive but we are unlikely to be able to overrun.


Individual spaces on a session

We will do our best to fit you into the session at a point that does not disrupt it too much for other participants. If you are more than 10 minutes late, we're sorry but it is very unlikely we will be able to fit you into the session due to missing the safety and equipment briefing and kit up.


Let us know you cannot make your session, or request an amendment: 

Please email hello@mendip.me



Our cancellation and amendment terms can be viewed here: https://www.mendip.co.uk/termsandconditions

Yes, well behaved friendly dogs are welcome to visit the Alpine Lounge!