Welcome to Skiing at Ackers.
On this page you will find an overview of all the amazing ways you can learn to Ski or improve your Skiing at Ackers Adventure. We have lots of different courses and lessons to suit your needs. Clicking on the Book now button will take you to our online booking system where you can also look at availability.
We have floodlit synthetic bristle matting slopes available for use throughout the year. The main slope is approximately 100 metres long and incorporates a drag button ski lift. We also have a 30 metre nursery slopes which is exclusively used as a nursery slope for teaching beginner lessons.
Please note: Skiing is available for those aged 4+. Long sleeves, long trousers and gloves must be worn for all slope activities – Skiing, Snowboarding and Tobogganing.
- Private, Family & Groups
- Starter Lessons(8yrs+)
- Penguin Lessons (ages 4-7)
- Beginners Ski Courses
- Go Skiing(8yrs+)
Private, Family & Group Lessons
Our private, family and group sessions each last 1 hour.
- Private (1 person + extras)
- Family (2 adults + 2 juniors)
- Group (up to 10 people)
We have open group sessions, called ‘Starter Lessons’ that run Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings as well as during weekend daytimes.
There may be up to 12 people in these groups and the ages are 8+. There are 4 levels that bring you up to the basic recreational standard. After the first session your instructor will give you an achievement card and discuss which level would be next for you.
We have packages available that give you 6 lessons. Once you have purchased the package we give you a unique reference number and then you book for your first session. Once your instructor has suggested which level is most appropriate for you then you can book for your next session. Please note that some levels may have to be repeated before booking on to the next level.
We have open group sessions specifically for younger children, called ‘Penguin Lessons’ that run during the day at weekends.
There may be up to 6 children in these groups and the ages are between 4-7. There are 4 levels that bring your child up to the basic recreational standard. After the first session the instructor will give you an achievement card and discuss which level would be next for your child.
We have packages available that give you 6 lessons. Once you have purchased the package we give you a unique reference number and then you book for the first session. Once your instructor has suggested which level is most appropriate for your child then you can book for your next session. Please note that some levels may have to be repeated before booking on to the next level.
Beginners Ski Course (Condensed)
Ackers Adventure offers a ‘Learn to Ski in a Day’ Course for anybody wishing to learn how to ski quickly or without taking up too much of their time.
Courses run during the Winter season from 10:30am – 4:30pm.
These courses aim to take all participants from a complete beginner level up to the basic recreational standard (controlled snowplough turns and use of the lift) within one day..
This includes 5 hours of tuition with a fully qualified, experienced instructor and all equipment.
1 hours worth of breaks will be given throughout the day. Please bring your own refreshments and lunch.
Beginners Ski Course (Evenings)
Please note that we cannot guarantee that each participant will achieve this standard as it is purely dependant on the individual’s ability to pick up and action the skills taught to them. Please note that these are physically demanding days so we advise having a high level of fitness.
Go Skiing On Thursday Evenings we have
On Thursday Evenings we have Go Skiing (for ages 8+) which runs from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. It caters for all levels from complete beginners up to recreational level skiers. As this session has different levels of skiers attending, progression is sometimes slower and therefore more sessions will be required. For those customers that wish to learn more quickly, a different Ackers package may be more suitable. Please see the website for different options or give the reception team a call on 0121 772 5111.
The session teaches you the basics in skiing in a relaxed environment and is also a great opportunity to meet like minded people. It aims to teach you to up to the level to be able to use the slope recreationally over a period of weeks in preparation for more advanced sessions that we offer.
Check availability and book here for Go Skiing..
Improve Your Skiing
- Snowplough/Parallel Plus
- Penguin Plus
- Improver Ski Courses
- Wednesday Value Morning
- Become an Instructor!
If you are already of the basic recreational standard of being able to do linked turns, control your speed and direction and use our button lift then you can use our slope for recreational skiing!
We have a 1 hour rate, 2 hour rate or all day rate! Recreational use does not require pre-booking, however we advise calling up to check there are no pre-booked events running or for quieter times.
Recreational skiing is also offered at 2 hours for the price of 1 on Bank Holidays. Recreational skiing is not currently available on Friday evenings. The ability to be a recreational user must must be proven to the team before any activity.
On Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:45pm we have a Snowplough/Parallel Plus lesson. There are 15 minutes at the start and end of the session to practice before and after the 1 hour of coaching in between. This lesson needs to be pre-booked in advance.
This session will develop your own personal skiing to become a parallel level skier. It can cover different techniques such as using ski poles, pole planting and carving. This can help improve your general skiing as well as your style.
A minimum standard of basic snowplough turns is required from the top of the main slope.
We have open group sessions, called ‘Penguin Plus‘, specifically for younger children who want to further develop their skiing. This is designed as a follow on session from the ‘Penguin Lessons‘.
This session runs at weekends and there may be up to 6 children aged between 4-7 in the group. It’s a supervised session whereby an instructor will be on hand to give coaching tips and advice to move children on to plough parallel turns!
Improver Ski Courses
A 3 hour coaching session for skiers that can perform plough parallel turns with minimal plough. It aims to give knowledge, guidance and practical experience in moving towards a basic and then more refined parallel turn. There will be different exercises to work on and personal feedback so skiers can then continue to work to improve afterwards.
At the start skiers will start with a few runs warming up and then work on some foundation exercises. There will be some tasks set before a quick drinks break. Afterwards the instructor will work on each skiers personal performance and give personal feedback.
Value Ski Morning
Our Wednesday Morning Club runs from 10:00am – 1:00pm. It’s a fantastic value informal coaching session which offers 2 hours of coaching and 1 hour of recreational skiing. Hot drinks and biscuits are included! This session does not need to be pre-booked.
If you are aged over 16 and can do basic parallel turns, why not join the regular Instructor Training Sessions that run on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Ackers Adventure.
These sessions will improve your own personal level of skiing and break it down into it’s basic form in order to be able to become an instructor. The coach will guide you through all the required stages to become a nationally recognised Snowsport England Instructor.
Exclusive Slope Hire
Exclusive Slope Hire is a great way to bring a group of people together to do something active and have some fun!
You will have exclusive use of the slopes with the option of having ski instructors available to teach beginner skiers or give advice to those with more experience.
We can also put on a BBQ for you at an extra cost or alternatively you are welcome to bring your own food and drink.
Throughout the year we get various University Ski Teams hire out our slope for training practice! Make your enquiries now!
West Midlands Special Olympics (WMSO)
WMSO was founded in 2001, with regular training sessions held at the Ackers Adventure in Birmingham.
The number of athletes have steadily increased and they now have over 40 skiers training regularly throughout the year. In addition to the training sessions, we host the Special Olympics Open Ski Championship, with competitors taking part from England, Scotland and Wales.
Three of their skiers were selected for the GB team that competed in the 2009 World Winter Games in Idaho – returning with two gold and three silver medals. WMSO were also asked to organise the Special Olympics Great Britain National Championships in January 2012.
Midland Ski Club
Ackers Adventure is the home of The Midland Ski Club who offer regular coaching to a high level on 3 nights per week for both juniors and adults. The club enables members to improve on a continuous pathway to success linking in directly to the Snowsport England, development programme. They coach in racing and recreational skiing.
The Midland Ski Club is a multi award winning club with current national team representations in both Alpine and Nordic disciplines. The club has over 300 members and is Snowsport England affiliated, ClubMark and SnowMark accredited.