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Snowshoe Hare Program (6-8)

Updated Info for the season 2023/24

Registration for this program will open

- August 30, 2023 at 12pm for volunteer parents

- September 1st, 2023 at 12 pm for non volunteer parents

The Snowshoe Hare 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) and to install a lifelong interest in the sport, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health.

Through active play, drills as well as getting out on the WCCSC network of trails, Snowshoe Hare will learn or improve their skiing abilities in a fun group setting. 

This program will start late October with some fun dryland activities once a week and then around mid November become a two practices a week on snow until March Break 2024.

 

Goals of the Snowshoe Hare Program:

  • Encourage FUN and participation

  • Develop ABCs: Agility, Balance, Coordination

  • Frequent cross-country skiing during the season

  • Good technique habits developed through repeated practice and drill

  • Utilize games and ski playgrounds to develop technique, speed skills, and fitness

  • Develop a team/social atmosphere

  • Introduce competition in a team environment during practice

  • Giving opportunity to compete for the athlete interested in.

If you would like to rent equipment for your child, 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 is available.

Note that some prerequisite are needed to enter the program:

  • Having 2 seasons of XC ski program experience

  • Being able to ski to Harvey's Hut/Sarah Steele Hut and back

  • Being highly motivated

  • Seeing XC skiing as primary winter activity

Snowshoe Hare Schedule:

Dryland season

  • Saturdays from 1 to 2:30pm - starting on October 14th 2023 and until ski condition are good and safe.

On snow Season

  • Tuesdays and Saturdays from November 14th, 2023 to March 9th, 2024

Tuesdays practices are from 4.30 to 6.00pm

Saturday practices are from 1 to 2.30pm

No practice on December 23, 26 and 30, 2023 as well as January 2, 2024.

​FEE: $150 - MEMBERSHIP WITH WHITEHORSE CROSS COUNTRY SKI CLUB IS ALSO REQUIRED

 

The Snowshoe Hare programs starts and end from the Stadium Area (at the end of the Canada Games Centre parking lot). Kids using the WCCSC rental equipment program will have pick up/return their equipment at the ski chalet not at the seacan.

 

Sessions will be fully outdoors for the 1.30 duration of the program. There are no snacks or water provided, so please ensure your child has had food and drinks (and a bathroom visit!) before each session starts. 

 

Call for Group Leader & Group Helper Volunteers! 

This program is mostly volunteer based and we encourage parents to sign up as group helper or leader through the registration form.

We are pleased to offer Group Leaders a free program registration for one of their children if volunteering  both days of the week. We will offer 50% discount to the one leading a group once a week.

Email info@xcskiwhitehorse.ca to ask for a Zone4 discount code prior to registering your child. 

Cold weather Guidelines:

  •  Normal practice at or above -20C (Env Canada Temp 1 hour before practice; not including wind Chill)

  • Practice shortened to 1 hour from -21C to -24C  (Env Canada Temp 1 hour before practice; not including wind Chill)

  • Practice shortened to 1 hour and not skiing (snow games, hike; boots and proper clothes) from -25C to -29C  (Env Canada Temp 1 hour before practice; not including wind Chill)  

  • Cancelled at or below -30.

  • Parents are free to determine their own limits also. 

  • Coach judgment will be used if there are other factors such as high winds, humidity, precipitation.

  • Cancellations will be communicated by email - by 10AM for Saturdays and by 12PM for Tuesdays. 

Need financial support, these programs are here for you

Your child is really interested in Cross Country skiing but your family needs support covering the fees? The Kids Recreation Fund is here to help. After reviewing if you are eligible : https://sportyukon.com/kids-recreation-fund, please select "cash/cheque" for method of payment and contact Ben, the club manager at info@xcskiwhitehorse.ca

 

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

jumpstart.canadiantire.ca

Funding is available to support children ages 4 to 18 participating in sport and recreation. 

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