Northwestel Bunny & Jackrabbit
The Bunny Program is designed for the “Active Start” stage of development (children 4 to 5 years old) within the Long Term Athlete Development framework for cross-country skiing. That means that we will focus on games, movement, and activities on skis to build physical literacy from an early age.
The objective of the program is to introduce cross-country skiing and the healthy lifestyle associated with it through organized activity and active play. In addition, the program is designed to help children develop a positive self-image, have fun, provide opportunities to make ski friends, develop fundamental movement skills, and help children develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural environment. The focus is on fun and starting a lifelong enjoyment of outdoor activity!
The Jackrabbit Program is designed for the “FUNdamentals” stage of development (children 6 to 8 years old), the second stage within the Long Term Athlete Development framework for cross-country skiing. The objective is for children to learn basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating, although classic technique will be the focus) and to instill a lifelong interest in the sport, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health. Through active play, as well as getting out on the WCCSC network of trails, Jackrabbits will learn or improve their skiing abilities in a fun group setting.
Goals of the Bunny & Jackrabbit Programs:
Encourage FUN and participation
Develop ABCs: Agility, Balance, Coordination
Frequent cross-country skiing during the season
Good technique habits developed through repeated practice
Utilize games and ski playgrounds to develop technique, speed skills, and fitness
Develop a team/social atmosphere
Introduce competition in a team environment
If you would like to rent equipment for your child for the Bunny/Jackrabbit season, please visit us at the Ski Club before the start date of your program, so we can measure your child for their proper size of boots, skis, and poles. Seasonal rentals for Bunnies/Jackrabbits are $75.
Bunny and Jackrabbit Schedule:
If you have a child age 4-8 years old, you may choose to register in one of the following sessions:
Sundays from 11:00AM-12:00PM
January 10 - March 7, 2021
Sundays from 1:00-2:00PM
January 10 - March 7, 2021
Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00PM
January 12 - March 9, 2021
FEE: $75; MEMBERSHIP WITH WHITEHORSE CROSS COUNTRY SKI CLUB IS ALSO REQUIRED
Please note, due to COVID-19, the indoor/snack portion of the Bunny/Jackrabbit Program will be on pause this year. Sessions will be 100% outdoors for the one-hour duration and we will reduce the cold weather cancellation temperature to -25 degrees.
Call for Coaches & Group Helpers!
We need you to help make 2021 another successful Bunny/Jackrabbit season.
The Bunny & Jackrabbit Program cannot function without volunteers. We are looking for Coaches and Group Helpers. You do not have to be a professional skier or coach to be a part of this program. If you can put on skis and love cross-country skiing, you can be a Coach or Group Helpers. Coaches and Group Helpers will take an online coaching course, and Coaches will take an additional one-day “on-ski” course to give provide training in ski game ideas and skill development. Please email to get involved!
This year, we are pleased to offer coaches a free program registration for their child. Email to ask for a Zone4 discount code prior to registering your child. All volunteers are guaranteed a spot for their child in the Bunny/Jackrabbits program.
Registration opens September 15 at 00:00.
Cold weather Guidelines:
The temperature cut-off for the program is -25 celsius.
Parents are free to determine their own limits also.
The Program Co-ordinator will also use judgment if a session will be canceled if there are other factors such as high winds, humidity, precipitation.
Cancellations will be communicated by email - by 9AM for Sundays and by 12PM for Tuesdays.
Need financial support, these programs are here for you
Recreation Assistance Options
Kids Recreation Fund
Supports sport and recreation for ages 18 or under. Families may qualify for up to $400 yearly per child.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart
Funding is available to support children ages 4 to 18 participating in sport and recreation.