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Try Skiing

Our 90 minute Try Skiing session is a fun introduction to skiing for complete beginners. It's great to do with friends or family and is also the first step in our Learn to Ski Course

Is it right for me?

This is for complete beginners ages 8 and up. If you've always wanted to try skiing, learn to ski or just fancy trying something new this is perfect for you!

How does it work?

Our experienced, qualified instructors will meet you in our equipment room and get you 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.

You'll go through a short safety briefing before heading out onto the ski slope. Starting out on the flat, you'll get confident moving in skis before learning to ski down the gentle slopes in our beginner area. You'll have about an hour on the slope with your instructor. With maximum group sizes of eight there will be plenty of time for individual help and support.

What comes next?

Try Skiing is the first step in our "Learn to ski" course. If you enjoyed it you can easily upgrade to our Learn to Ski Course and we'll refund the money you spent on this taster session in full!

Had fun? Why not try some of our other activities.

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FAQ's

No. We cannot allow teaching on our slope by anyone other than our qualified, employed and insured instructors. We will ask your whole party to leave the slope if seen to be teaching someone who cannot ski or snowboard.

Equipment hire is always included in the cost and we would always recommend using our skis and boards. However, if you are using our slope as a recreational skier or snowboard, you are welcome to bring your own boots, helmets and pads. There is no discount available for bringing your equipment. 


Mendip cannot accept responsibility for any damage caused by our slope. 



All of our activities, sessions and lessons do need to be booked in advance. Everything can be booked online, via our website. 


Click here to view our snowsport selection and book online. 


Click here to read more about our snowsport courses.

All of our snowsport lesson times include kit up and de-kit so you just need to arrive 5 - 10 minutes before your session time to check in and complete some paperwork.

It is really tricky to tell what level lesson would be suitable for you if you have previous experience as it will be different for everyone. We would recommend booking a private lesson so our instructors can coach and advise which level of group lesson is best for you.

Our group ski and snowboard lessons will only ever have a maximum of 8 people per instructor.


Private lessons can have up to 8 people (age 8+). 


Minis group lessons will have a maximum of 4 people per instructor. Minis private lessons are for just one person (ages 5 - 8). 


All slope users must wear a helmet whilst on the slope. We always include helmet hire at no additional charge. Gloves must be worn whilst on the slope, please bring these with you or they are available for purchase onsite.

Group lessons are a great way to learn and are the most cost-efficient way to learn, especially with our Learn to Ski and Learn to Snowboard courses.


If you decide group lessons aren't for you, we also offer private snowsport lessons. Click here for private ski lessons and click here for private snowboard lessons. 

The actual content of each session can be found by clicking on the individual sessions on our activity planner. 


In terms of the timings of each session, here is a rough breakdown...


-You are asked to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of your session so that you can fill in any relevant paperwork, make sure you are wearing the correct clothing, and head into the kit room ready for the instructor.


-Kitting up and de-kitting time is included in the lesson as it is an important part of the learning process. You will be taught how to kit yourselves up safely, and how to remove your kit without damaging it. That whole process gets quicker as you progress through the course, but it can still take up to 45 minutes depending on your group.,


-A debrief is also included in the lesson time, where the instructor will advise the group on what lesson they should book next.


-Based on all of this, we expect participants to have between 75-90 minutes on the slope for our 2 hour sessions, and between 45-60 minutes for our 1.5 hour group sessions. 

General FAQ's

Tobogganing: Ages 4+ (Over 12s can take part in exclusive bookings)

Skiing: Ages 5+(Under 8s must book Minis sessions)

Snowboarding: Ages 8+ (with at least size 2 feet and 1.2m tall)

Frisbee Golf & Orienteering: No age restriction. Under 6's play for free


Outdoor activity sessions are run in two different ways.

Individual spaces: Ages 8+

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


Exclusive sessions: Ages 6+

If you book the session exclusively, you can 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 is 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 overhead, which we monitor very closely and rarely stops play for more than a few minutes. 


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!

Yes! we have plenty of free onsite parking at all our activity sites.


We strongly encourage car sharing and sustainable forms of travel. Read more here.

At Mendip Activity Centre, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to challenge themselves and undertake adventurous activities.


If you think you'll need additional support during your experience with us, it’s important that you let us know prior to booking an activity.  All our activities have varying degrees of physical and mental challenge to them and some require a small level of fitness. All our instructors hold first aid qualifications but are not always qualified to assess the capacity of participants who may require additional support


Venues:

Our main centre is lift-accessible. 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. 


We'd strongly recommend reading 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.

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


We accept all major credit and debit cards.


Yes!

Mendip Activity Centre has a proud history of providing outdoor education and adventure opportunities to schools.

We believe that school residentials provide young people with unrivalled opportunities and educational experiences gained through adventure. We will help design a week that fits your group's goals, desires and aims.


For full information on our year-round residential options, please visit our residential website by clicking here.


Alternatively, you can email info@mendip.co.uk with your enquiry.

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! Most of our activities are perfect for groups and parties.


You can book all our sessions for an exclusive group session, just for you and your friends. You can also book the toboggan slope privately just for your group. If you can't see a private group option, it means an individual has already booked onto the session.


We don't offer a pre-booked party food package; however, our cafe, the Alpine Lounge, has recently been refurbished and has plenty of space in the new large function room and existing balcony. There's no need to reserve a table, we'll have plenty of space for you on arrival.


The Alpine Lounge serves pizzas, paninis and fries- perfect party food for post-activity fuel! We don't take pre-orders in advance but you are welcome to pre-order on arrival to the activity centre. 


Our public opening times are kept up to date here: 

https://www.mendip.co.uk/opening-times


If in doubt, all activities can be booked in advance at mendip.me/book 


We are open to private education groups, corporate groups, youth groups outside of these times.
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

Tobogganing is a very popular activity and, especially during peak times, we have very little flexibility in being able to push your start time back. Where possible, we will get you onto the toboggan slope as soon as possible once you arrive. We will try to be as accommodating as possible and if there is availability later in the day, we will move your session to a later start time however please be aware that this is not always possible. 


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.co.uk



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

Yes, the Alpine Lounge is open the majority of the time we have activities scheduled!


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. There is plenty of space so you will not struggle to find somewhere to sit.


Well behaved dogs are welcome to join you onsite including in our cafe, the Alpine Lounge.


However, unfortunately, they can't join you on any of our activity sessions other than frisbee golf. If you are bringing a dog with you, one of your party will have to not take part in the activity session to stay with the dog.