Frequently-Asked Questions

Q. I missed sign-up night. Is it too late to register for Jackrabbits or sign up for trips?
A. No, never too late! You can join the RSC on line, or print the Membership and Jackrabbits forms and submit by mail to the addresses on the forms. For Nordic and Alpine trips, just phone the coordinators directly , after you have joined the Club.

Q. My child would like to try skiing. We’re not sure if we want downhill or cross country.
Can you recommend a program that would be suitable for him/her?
A. For downhill ski lessons, the Nancy Greene lessons program is aimed at kids. Details can be found at the Regina Alpine Web Site or contact tamiandmike@sasktel.net.
For cross country lessons, your child could join the Jackrabbits program here in Regina. It begins in January and runs for at least 6 Sundays. See our Junior Jackrabbits page in the Programs menu for details.
The Regina Ski Club also offers lessons via ski classes of up to 10 people, open to anyone. Classes are held at the Science Center on Sat or Sun as soon as there’s enough snow. Details on the Nordic Lessons page.
Downhill skiing is more expensive. Costs include lift tickets and more expensive equipment, plus the time and cost to get to the hill. Cross-country skiing can be done right here in Regina. The Jackrabbits program is run by parent volunteers, so be prepared to lend a hand in some way.
If you want to buy 2nd hand equipment to get your child started, you can go to the Qu’Appelle zone Ski Patrol Ski Sale Nov 16, 2013. The Regina Ski Club Events and Trips page has information about the sale. See other FAQ’s for information on renting equipment.

Q: What should I consider taking in my backpack for comfort and safety on longer ski trails?
A: Cross Country Skier Survival Kit:
Essentials for a safe day of nordic skiing: (prepared by Mary Saso)
Communication, direction and timing: trail map, compass, whistle, watch,
cell phone with emergency phone numbers, including local emergency help and trip coordinator
Note: cellular coverage is not always available
Nourishment: suggested every half hour: drinks (water, juice, health drinks), energy bars, chocolate, jerky, nuts
Warmth: candles, matches, a metal container to hold candle or melt snow, toilet paper, hand and foot warmers, aluminum type safety blanket, extra mitts, socks, toque, jacket or sweater
First Aid: basic first aid kit, tensor bandage and sling
Repair: ski wax, replacement ski tip, utility knife with screw driver blade, duct tape

Q: What are some of the health benefits of nordic skiing?
A: The Jaw-Dropping Benefits of Cross-Country Skiing:
Check out this most interesting article in the January 7 2013 Globe and Mail.

Q: Is there somewhere in Regina to rent cross country skis?
A: Cross country skis may be rented at:
Fresh Air Experience 532 Victoria Ave 522-6665 or
Sunshine and Ski 4403 Albert St 584-2255.
The Regina Ski Club does not have skis for rent.

Q: Where in Regina can I buy second hand ski equipment?
A: On the 2nd or 3rd weekend in November each year (Nov 16 in 2013), the Canadian Ski Patrol, Qu’Appelle Zone holds a “Ski Swap” – a large sale of new and used ski equipment. In recent years it has been held at Campbell Collegiate. This RSC website provides a link to the Qu’Appelle Zone Ski Swap web page each fall. Or contact Gord Joorisity at 789-0528 for information.
This web site has a For Sale / Wanted page enabling you to advertise ski equipment you wish to sell or buy.

Q: What do I look for when selecting cross country skis for myself or my child? How do I clean and wax them?
A: There is a good guide to the selection and maintenance of Nordic skis at the Cross Country Canada website.

Q: How can I get cross country ski lessons?
A: Lessons for young children are available through the Junior Jackrabbits program of the Regina Ski Club. See the Junior Jackrabbits page under the Programs menu for details.
Lessons for the rest of us are also available through the Regina Ski Club. Please check our Nordic Lessons page under the Programs menu for details.

Q: Where are the ski trails in Regina?
A: Currently the Regina Ski Club grooms six trails in Regina: between the Science Center and Broad St, in Douglas Park, in the “foothills” around the hill in Douglas Park, at Les Sherman Park, at AE Wilson Park and at Kinsmen Park.
Check the RSC website under Trail Conditions for each trail’s location, trail map, and current trail conditions.

Q: Where are the White Butte Trails?
A: The White Butte Trails main trailhead is about 3 kilometres straight north of Emerald Park / White City and 3 kilometres straight east of Pilot Butte. Directions:
From south Regina: Head east on #1 Highway 14.4 km from the Ring Road to the intersection of Hwy #48 on the eastern edge of White City. Turn north, crossing the westbound #1 to the service road. Turn west for 600 metres, then go north for 3.2 km until you see the White Butte Trails sign on your left. Watch for the Cross-Country Skier signs to direct you at each turn.
From north Regina: Head east on Highway 46, which is accessible from north Winnipeg, McDonald or Fleet Streets. Drive 13.1 km east of Fleet St to the Franks Lake Road, where there is a Cross-Country Skier sign. Turn right and drive south 1.6km, crossing the CPR main line tracks. The White Butte Trails trailhead is on your right, but you will see only the back of the large trail sign.
Click here for maps and more information at White Butte Trails Info