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Ski Polar Bears

The Polar Bear courses are a great way for kids to learn new and exciting skills on the snow slopes and have something cool to tell their mates!

The three levels of the Polar Bear courses are developed for children aged 7 to 12 years of age only.

We recognise that each person learns at a different pace and that some children may need slightly longer to successfully complete each stage. Our qualified ski instructors will discuss with you any recommendations they have for your child’s progression.

Although parents and guardians are not able to join us on the slope, they can watch the Polar Bears from the viewing balcony - accessible via the upstairs Mont Blanc restaurant.

Did you know you can save with a membership?

Junior Memberships are only £70 and get you 30% off all levels and courses, including Kids Snow School.
This means when you purchase a Beginner and Improver course in Ski Polar Bears, you will have made a saving of £75, cancelling out the cost of your membership! 

Upcoming Course Dates

Upcoming Course Dates Show

The dates listed below are the course start dates - each course lasts for three consecutive weeks and each lesson takes place on the same day and time each week. For availability into the future please call our sales team on 0161 749 2222. 

Dates are always subject to availability and change.

Ski Polar Bears (Beginner course)
(Age: 7-12 years)

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Ski Polar Bears (Improver Course)
(Age: 7-12 years)

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Ski Polar Bears (Advanced Course)
(Age: 7-12 years)

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Ski Polar Bears (Advanced + Course)
(Age: 7-12 years)

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Beginner Course

The Polar Bears Beginner Course is the most cost effective way for your child to progress through our levels. Once each level is successfully completed they can continue onto the improver course.

The Beginner levels can either be taken as a course, covering 3 levels over 3 weeks. This will consist of a 1 hour 50 minute lesson to be taken at the same time, on the same day, over 3 consecutive weeks. Or if your children are busy bees and action packed, you can take each level individually.

Level 1

  • Sliding down a section of the slope focusing on balance and posture
  • Introduction to sliding and snow plough
  • Develop snow plough to control speed (including stopping)

Level 2

  • Controlling speed on the beginner slope
  • Varying speed using snow plough (including stopping)
  • Introduction to basic snow plough turns

Level 3

  • Develop steering in snow plough turns
  • Develop pressure in snow plough turns
  • Consistently and confidently linking snow plough turns on the beginner slope
  • Introduction to button lift on the main slope

For more information, see our handout download here

Minimum Age: 7-12  |  Activity Duration: 3 x 1 hour 50 mins  |  Group size: 6 guests

Beginner Fastrack (2 day course)

The Polar Bears Beginner Fastrack is a 2 day course consisting of 3 hours tuition accompanied by a break each day and it is the most cost effective way for your child to progress through our levels quickly. Once each level is successfully completed they can continue onto the improver course.

The Entry level requirement: Complete beginner or taster lesson standard. Over the two days, the following will be taught:

Level 1

  • Sliding down a section of the slope focusing on balance and posture
  • Introduction to sliding and snow plough
  • Develop snow plough to control speed (including stopping)

Level 2

  • Controlling speed on the beginner slope
  • Varying speed using snow plough (including stopping)
  • Introduction to basic snow plough turns

Level 3

  • Develop steering in snow plough turns
  • Develop pressure in snow plough turns
  • Consistently and confidently linking snow plough turns on the beginner slope
  • Introduction to button lift on the main slope

For more information, see our handout download here.

Minimum Age: 7-12  |  Activity Duration: 2 x 4 hours  |  Group size: 6 guests

Pre-Improver Course

The Polar Bears Pre-Improver Course is ideal for those young skiers who have completed the Beginners Course (or similar) but are not quite confident enough yet to move on to the main slope. This course starts on the Beginners Slope and will finish on the lower main slope in preparation for the Improvers Course.

Entry level requirement: All beginner goals complete.

  • Week 1 - Revisit snowplough turns
  • Week 2 - Linked turns on beginner slope
  • Week 3 - Linked turns on lower main slope / button lift

For more information, see our handout download  here

Minimum Age: 7-12  |  Activity Duration: 3 x 1 hour 50 mins  |  Group size: 6 guests

Improver Course

Once your child has completed the Polar Bear Beginner course, or if they already have some skiing experience, they are ready to progress to the Polar Bears Improver course.

This 3 week course has been designed to help your child to improve upon their techniques and gain their confidence so they can hit the slopes with ease.

Entry level requirement: All beginner goals complete.

Level 4

  • Consistently and confidently linking snow plough turns on the lower main slope
  • Controlling speed and turn shape in linked snow plough turns
  • Introduction to basic plough parallel on lower main slope

Level 5

  • Basic plough parallel on lower main slope
  • Begin linking snow plough turns on upper main slope
  • Consistently and confidently linking snow plough turns on the upper main slope

Level 6

  • Basic plough parallel turns on upper main slope
  • Consistently and confidently linking plough parallel turns on the whole main slope

Once your child has completed the levels in the Polar Bears Improver course they can either hit our main slope with confidence or progress on to our Polar Bears Advanced course to further develop their skiing technique.

For more information, see our handout download here

Minimum Age: 7-12  |  Activity Duration: 3 x 1 hour 50 mins  |  Group size: 6 guests

Advanced Course

For children who are keen to progress further and improve the ski skills they have learnt so far they can continue with the Polar Bears Advanced course.

Entry level requirement: Completion of all Improver goals.

Week 1

  • Plough parallel with flexion
  • Ski's parallel at fall line
  • Basic slalom exercises

Week 2

  • Plough parallel with flexion and extension
  • Ski's parallel before the fall line
  • Intermediate slalom exercises

Week 3

  • Ski's parallel through the whole turn
  • Comfortable at high speed
  • Advanced slalom exercises

For more information, see our handout download here

Minimum Age: 7-12  |  Activity Duration: 3 x 1 hour 50 mins  |  Group size: 6 guests

Advanced + Course

Our Polar Bear Advanced + course is the most advanced course on the Polar Bears sessions. This 3-week course teaches children parallel skiing and introduces slalom courses. Each session lasts 1 hour 50 minutes and runs at the same time over 3 consecutive weeks .

Entry level requirement: Completion of all Improver goals.

For more information, see our handout download here

Minimum Age: 7-12  |  Activity Duration: 3 x 1 hour 50 mins  |  Group size: 6 guests

Main Slope

Once the course is completed, the Polar Bears will be ready to take on the main slope with confidence! 

At 180 metres long, Chill Factore boasts the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope. That’s 180 metres of pure fun where you get to practice your new skills again and again! Enjoy exhilarating experiences from regular skiing to the more thrilling activities like Race Club, FreestyleChill Shred Club where you can take your skiing to the next level or train to become a competitive racer.

*Our Kids' Snow School aims to help your child succesfully complete each week with friendly and experienced instructors who closely monitor and expertly teach to a high standard. We know that everyone learns at a different speed so any guests who need extra support can repeat individual weeks on the instructors recommendation. In these circumstances, additional individual levels can be purchased.

Peak & Off Peak Times

Off-Peak: Up to 6pm, weekdays.
Peak: After 6pm weekdays, all weekends, bank holidays and selected school holidays.

Price Categories

Junior: Aged 7-12
Guests:  All visitors who aren't Chill Factore members.
Members: Chill Factore members, membership proof is required for this price category.