Kids Ski School

All kids' lessons commence at the Big D (Bus Stop 5). Milo Mighty Mites for kids 3-5 years and Milo Kids Klub for kids 8-14. There are no bookings - just turn up at the designated times and sign your kids in. Get there early. Latecomers might not get into lessons. Best to arrive by 9am at the latest. Purchasing a lesson ticket does not reserve a place in the programs and there are no refunds. Kids should be ready in their gear, including ski boots, helmet and gloves. Children should wear goggles or sunglasses to protect their eyes and if the weather is particularly bad, a neck warmer is a great idea (check the Big D shop for prices less than $20). Don't forget the sunscreen.

NOTE: There is no Hire at Big D. The closest equipment hire location is Jack Frost.

There are half day and full day programs (full day includes lunch). For Mighty Mites, the half day program runs until noon, and the full day program to 3.00. For Kids Klub, the half day program finishes at 12.15-12.30pm and the full day program finishes at 3.15-3.30pm. Snacks and drinks are provided for both programs. There is no afternoon only lesson.

It can get busy in the mornings, so if you can organise tickets and ski hire the day before (tickets for the next day can be purchased after 3pm), it will make it much easier on the day.

The contact number at the Kids Snowzone is 03 5759 4451.

Milo Mighty Mites (3-5 years old)

Mighty Mites start inside Big D on the ground level from 8.30 to 9.30am - sign them in and drop them off to their own special area (no parents allowed!) There are lessons for all levels of skiers (no snowboard lessons for Mighty Mites). The Ski Instructors are fantastic with the little ones and will often start beginners inside to get their confidence up, before taking them out to the special "Magic Carpet".

Make sure you are there early with the kids ready to go in their ski boots and ski clothing, including helmet, gloves and goggles/ sunglasses.

On your first day for the season, you will also need to have the Mighty Mites registration form filled out - this can take some time, so it is best to fill it out the night before if possible. You can pick one up from the Big D, Hotham Central or Jack Frost.

The kids can sometimes get a little teary when you drop them off, but don't worry - the instructors will help them settle in and in most cases, they are fine after you leave! The 3 year olds have their own groups and a special room to make it easier for them to get started. If they still don't settle, you will get a call to let you know. For some children, a private lesson might be the best way to get started, or it might be worth waiting another year - every child is different. The best spot to watch is upstairs at the Big D - grab a coffee and your camera to capture their first moment on skis!

Kids Klub (6-14 years old)

For kids 6-14 there are lessons for all levels of skiing and snowboarding, starting outside Big D from 9am-9.30am.

Again, don't be late or your kids may miss out. Try to arrive by 9.00am with the kids all ready to go in their ski/snowboard boots.

You will also need to complete a plastic registration tag - these are at Big D or you can grab one from any of the ticket counters or Guest Services beforehand. The tag will need to be attached to your child's jacket/pants along with their ticket. You do not need to complete the Mighty Mites registration form. When you are ready, just look for the signs (skiing or snowboarding) and speak to one of the instructors who will sign your child into the appropriate group. Participants in Levels 1 (Koala), 2 (Platypus), 3 (Possum) will not require poles, so it is best not to bring them along.

Older Kids (15 years +)

Kids 15 years and older can participate in Adult lessons which are held at 10am or 1.30pm, starting outside Hotham Centre in the main Hotham Village. No bookings required, just turn up with a valid lift and lesson ticket.

Private Lessons for Kids

Private lessons for kids can be arranged at the Private Lesson counter downstairs at the Big D.

Childcare - Upstairs at the Big D

Hotham Day-care is licensed to cater for children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years and is a "Class 1 Children's Services Centre" approved by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Contact Hotham Day Care to make your booking - advanced bookings recommended. Phone: 03 5759 4418 or email: [email protected].