Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Health and Recreation Department

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Put on some skis and experience the thrill of the slopes – whether that’s dry-slope skiing at Activity ABC ski facility at Craigavon Golf Ski Centre  or hitting the piste abroad. Once you’ve experienced it, you’ll never look back!

As well as increasing your heart rate, skiing can also help you to burn around 3,000 calories during a 6 hour day on the slopes. It works all of your muscle groups and is great for your core stability. What better way to get fit and healthy than spending time outside on the slopes.

The centre is open throughout the year and offers skiers of all levels and ages the facilities to practice and learn new skills. Tuition is provided by highly qualified instructors along with excellent modern equipment for schools, clubs, groups, families or individuals. The lesson programme is broken down into levels to help you progressively cover the skills needed to become a proficient slope user from beginner to advanced.

Lessons

Find here the various levels of lessons we provide:
Under 13's Lessons

Under 13's Lessons

Public | Lessons | Kids |
Over 13's Lessons

Over 13's Lessons

Public | Lessons |
Private and Group Lessons

Private and Group Lessons

Public | Lessons |
Ski Club NI

Ski Club NI

Ski Club | Ski Racing I
Open Practice

Open Practice

Public |Open Practice |

Under 13's Lessons

Our dedicated team of Alpine Star Instructors are experts at keeping the tuition fun & interactive.

We run two different groups each session based on age, for a variety of ability levels.

  • The Penguins Ages 5 – 7
  • Alpine Juniors Ages 8 – 12

The lesson program follows the snow life awards. Its great fun for the kids to progress through the groups as they develop their technique & understanding.

The penguins groups start at the penguin’s starter lesson and work their way through the program while the older alpine juniors start the program at level 1.

 

Ski Experience Levels

Penguin Level 1

  • Put Skis on and take them off
  • Side step up and down on nursery slope
  • Learn to rotate skis
  • Straight run to plough stop at markers on nursery slope
  • Plough glide down nursery slope
  • Plough glide and plough stop at markers on nursery slope

Each set consists of 6 x 1 hour lessons with a maximum of 10 pupils per lesson and costs £55

Penguin Level 2

(ideal as a follow-on from level 1, or as a refresher for a child that has had a couple of days skiing on snow)

  • Developing a stronger snowplough
  • learn to use the button lift
  • Learn to snowplough turn around markers

Each set consists of 6 x 1 hour lessons with a maximum of 10 pupils per lesson and costs £55

Alpine Level 1

  • Put Skis on and take them off
  • Side step up and down on nursery slope
  • Learn to rotate skis
  • Straight run to plough stop at markers on nursery slope
  • Plough glide down nursery slope
  • Plough glide and plough stop at markers on nursery slope

Each set consists of 4 x 1 and a half hour lessons with a maximum of 10 pupils per lesson and costs £55

Alpine Level 2

(ideal as a follow-on from Alpine level 1 or for a child that has had a few days skiing on snow)

  • Develop a stronger snowplough
  • Use the button lift
  • Learn to snow plough turn around markers
  • Learn to control their speed by use of line

Each set consists of 4 x 1.5 hrs lessons with a maximum of 10 pupils per lesson and costs £55

Junior Ski in a Day

Learn a new sport and make some friends during the school holidays (December) at the golf & Ski centre. Complete beginners will be shown, at a comfortable pace, . The Junior Ski In A Day courses are fun packed days tailored specifically to suit the needs of juniors aged 11 to 16 years. Each course includes supervision and tuition from a fully qualified golf & ski centre instructor plus a 30-minute tubing session, hot lunch and refreshments all included.

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Over 13's Lessons

Our syllabus

All our lessons follow the same sylabus based on snowsports scotlands learn to ski pathway

Ski Level 1

LEVEL 1 – I’VE NEVER SKIED BEFORE

If you’ve never put a pair of ski boots on before, you’re in safe hands! Our instructors will be with you every step of the way.

Ski Level 2

LEVEL 2 – I CAN CONTROL A SNOWPLOUGH IN A STRAIGHT LINE

If you’ve taken the first step with skiing before and are now able to control a snowplough in a straight line, then Level 2 is for you

Ski Level 3

LEVEL 3 – I CAN MAKE BASIC SNOWPLOUGH TURNS

You’re well on your way to learning to ski now. Our instructors will help you to continue progressing and using the button lift and perfecting your skills ensuring you’re having fun every step of the way.

Ski Level 4

LEVEL 4 – I CAN CONTROL SPEED AND LINK SNOWPLOUGH TURNS

You’re gaining more control Developing posture & balance on the outside ski earlier in the turn

Pressure control (active stretching & absorption)

Edge control – traverse across slope in both direction

As a beginner, you have the option to take each level at a time (level 1-4) or do a full course of the three in one. Levels 1-3 are available as a full day lesson.

Courses Available

Learn to Ski in a Day

An intense but fun day taking you from beginner to skier! The Day Lesson is a group session (max 24), including 6.5 hours of tuition, covering beginner levels 1-3 with lunch & refreshment breaks costing £80.

In this course, you will focus on balance and posture, how to control your speed, introduction to turns and how to use the button lift. We will be with you every step of the way, from putting on a pair of ski’s for the first time to completing your first run of the beginner slope.

Why Choose This Lesson?

This choice is ideal if you are keen to learn to ski as quickly as possible and even better if you’re about to jet off for your first holiday to the mountains. Maybe you want to take up a new skill or improve

2 Hour Group Lessons

Each level is a seperate 2 hour course completed in one night.

These levels run every Tuesday night throughout the season (November – April).

Maximum of 12 pupils per lesson and costs £25pp.

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Private and Group Lessons

Private ski lessons are a popular way to learn and develop your personal skiing ability, whether it’s an individual lesson or group lesson, our experienced and dedicated instructors will take you through your first steps in skiing or improve your existing skills on the slope.

Individual Private Lesson

Private 1 – 1 lessons are the fastest and most popular way to gain ski experience or improve your skills with our experienced instructors, who will cater to any individual. Costs £50

Private Lesson (1-to-2)

Private 1 – 2 lessons are the fastest and most popular way to gain ski experience or improve your skills with our experienced instructors, who will cater to any individual. Costs £60

Private Lesson (3-to-4)

Small group lessons of 3 – 4 people are perfect for families or a small group of friends that are looking to get ready for their ski holidays or just looking to have some fun on the slopes while learning new skills.Costs £105

Private Lesson (5-to-12)

Group lessons of 5 – 12 people are the best way for larger families and groups of friends to learn to ski, while having fun in a safe structured setting to gain ski experience or to further your skiing ability.

Cost £125

Educational / Youth Groups (£55 per 12 participants)

Thinking of taking your groups of kids skiing? Craigavon Golf/Ski centre is the perfect place to give the participants the chance to ski in an outdoor setting and gain valuable experience along with mountain skills that transfers onto the slopes

Our Family Taster session is specifically designed for families to experience skiing for the first time. This introductory session is an open session for families who want to try the activity before committing to courses.

We run two different groups side by side based on age.

Each group will have their own instructor to suit the ability level for each age group.

  • 6:30pm

Group 1 – Ages 5-7
Group 2 – Ages 13+

  • 7.30pm

Group 1 – Ages 8-12
Group 2 – Ages 13+

Max 6 per group. Booking is essential.

 

Family Taster session 6.30pm

Family Taster session 7.30pm

Open Practice

Open practice is available for skiers and boarders to use our main slope, without tuition, It is available to experienced skiers and boarders. Sessions last for 1 hours.

COST

Pre-pay online booking: Adult £7.00, Junior £5.00

Pay on the day: Adult – £8.50, Junior £6.00

For the enjoyment and safety of all of our customers, anyone wishing to enjoy the main slope without tuition must be an experienced slope user who meets our minimum skill level.

Therefore, you must be able to use the lifts, control your speed/direction, perform controlled linked turns and be able to fit your boots correctly.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR RECREATION SNOWSPORT SESSIONS

It is essential that those who wish to participate in recreation snowsport sessions meet the minimum standard in their chosen activity:

  • Be able to confidently use the ski tow
  • Be able to control speed and direction from the first get off point of the ski tow.
  • Be able to stop confidently
  • Be able to perform control linked turns.

Failure to meet the minimum requirements or any person skiing/snowboarding dangerously will be asked to leave the slope without a refund.

At the Ski Club of Northern Ireland our aims are to develop the skills of
competent junior skiers with particular focus on improving technique, an
introduction to and progression in slalom ski racing and most importantly,
enjoyment of skiing. The club meets twice monthly from September to April
and welcomes children from age 8 to 18 years. For more information, please
contact Richard Wait on 07901955765.

 

Fees for the year.

1 skier £120

2 skiers £190

3 skiers £250

4 skiers£300 

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FAQ's

Find our Frequently Asked Questions here!

Questions about what to wear on the slopes? See What to Wear!

Where do you get your equipment? Click here!

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