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Private Snowboard Lesson

1.5 hour private snowboard lesson. Learn to snowboard at a pace that suits you!

Is it right for me?

This lesson is for anyone looking for the flexibility of private lessons rather than learning in a group. It is suitable for anyone over the age of 8 (must also be 1.2m tall and have at least a size 2 adult shoe). You can book up to 8 people per lesson.

How does it work?

Our experienced, qualified instructors will meet you in our equipment room and get you kitted out with a board, boots, pads 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 move out onto the slope and your instructor will work with you to coach you through becoming a snowboarder.

What comes next?

Your instructor will let you know when you have reached a recreational level and area ready to board independently! Check out our instructor led sessions just for Recreational Snowboarders.

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.

Not for lessons but if you are just using our slope for recreational skiing or snowboarding, you are welcome to bring your own kit. However, Mendip cannot accept responsibility for any damage caused by our slope. Equipment hire is always included in the cost so we would always recommend using our ski's and boards but you are welcome to bring your own boots, helmets and pads if you prefer. There is no discount available for bringing your equipment. 

We have lessons on in the evenings, every weekend and throughout the school holidays at times to suit everyone. We put on as many lessons as we can. We are constantly reviewing where the demand is and will always try and flex our schedule to get certain levels in if required.

You have full control over booking your own lessons with our online booking system. You can view all of our availability by clicking 'SNOWSPORTS' in the grey menu bar. Feel free to have a scroll through our calendar before purchasing a snowsport course, we are sure there will be lessons at times that suit you, whatever your schedule!


Click here to view availability and book online.

Something comfy! You definitely don't need anything special and we strongly advise against salopettes and proper ski jackets! A pair of joggers or leggings are ideal as they give you plenty of movement (avoid jeans whenever possible) and loose layers that will keep you warm but that you can easily remove if you start getting warm. If it's raining, we'll still go ahead with lessons so a set of waterproofs is always a good idea.

As long as you are warm and comfortable, have your legs and arms covered, and you have a pair of gloves, you are good to go!

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.

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 does get quicker as you progress through our course, but it can still take up to 45 minutes depending on the age and size of 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. 

Mendip Activity & Snowsport Centre can be found at Lyncombe Drive, Churchill. The postcode is BS25 5PQ.  


Click here for a Google Maps link. 


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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.

If you've searched through our list of FAQs to see and still can't find the answer, there are a few ways you can get in touch.


Firstly you could either:

Click here to "Create a new support ticket" or send an email to hello@mendip.me


Finally, if you would rather speak with one of our friendly team, you can arrange a phone call by clicking here.

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!