Bunnyrabbits / Jackrabbits

What are the Bunnyrabbits and Jackrabbits Ski Programs?

These programs are dedicated to encouraging young participants to enjoy cross-country skiing with their peers. The programs focus on cross-country ski development through fun activities and games that are appropriate to each age & skill level.

In order for your children to improve their cross-country skiing and advance their skills, they must enjoy themselves. Integral to this goal is selecting the correct level. Here are some guidelines:

Bunnyrabbit Ski Program (ages 3 to 5 years):
This program is directed at children in the “Active Start” stage of the development with a fun introduction to a great family-friendly winter sport. The objective of this Cross Country Canada program is to introduce cross country skiing and the healthy lifestyle associated with it through organized activity and active play. Parents or guardians are expected to stay for all of their children’s activities: This isn’t a drop off class, but more an active lifestyle family outing.

Bring your skis! Many parents of the Bunnyrabbit program have learned to cross country ski by participating in this program with their child!

Jackrabbit Ski Program (age 5 to 12 years):
This program is directed at skiers in the “FUNdamentals” stage of development and is the second stage of the Cross Country Canada program. The objective is for children to learn basic cross country ski skills (both classic and skating) and to instill a lifelong interest in the sport and an active lifestyle, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health.

Previous enrollment in the Bunnyrabbit Ski Program is encouraged but not required as kids are grouped according to experience and skill level. Children are encouraged to learn at their own pace, based on their personal abilities, skills and interests – making it very common for kids to repeat levels:

  • Level One – Has passed the Bunnyrabbit Ski Program OR with limited ski experience. Parents or guardians are expected to participate with their child (but not mandatory) for Level One. We hear from parents that this is also a great way for adults to learn to learn ski tips from our coaches as well!
  • Level Two – Has passed Jackrabbit Level One Ski Program OR can climb hills using sidestep or herringbone, control his or her descent on hills with snowplow braking, and skis well with poles. At this level, parent or guardian supervision is welcome but not required.
  • Level Three – Has passed Jackrabbit Level Two Ski Program OR can classic ski well, climb hills using herringbone, control his or her descent on hills well with a snowplow stop/turn, has the basics of double poling and knows how to kick turn. Parent or guardian supervision participation is not required.
  • Level Four / Track Attack Rabbits – Has passed Jackrabbit Level Three Ski Program OR can do all of Level Three skills well, which are classic ski, free skate, diagonal skate, skate turn and double and one-step double pole. Parent or guardian supervision is not required.

Track Attack Racers Ski Program (age 9 to 12 years):
This program is directed at skiers in the “Learn-to-Train” stage of development of the Cross-Country Canada Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) program. This program is for advanced Jackrabbits who are motivated by the thought of flying down a ski trail, gliding along using skating and diagonal striding techniques.

The objective is to introduce children to training basics for Nordic Ski racing, developing their strength, power and endurance through fun and challenging physical activities. Participants will have typically participated in the Jackrabbits program, interested in improving their fitness and ski technique, and want to compete at local races such as Wednesday Night Races and Sask Cup Races.

This is a year-round program led by NCCP qualified coaches, and registration includes a racing suit rental, waxing and team support at races.

When and Where:
The weekly scheduled Bunnyrabbit program is held at Douglas Park on Sundays at 2:30 pm. Bunnyrabbit sessions are 45-60 minutes in length (dependent on temperature).

Jackrabbit Levels 1 to 3 are held at Douglas Park on Sundays at 2:30PM and Wednesdays at 5:00PM. Participants have the option to attend one or both sessions (option is available during registration, due to high attendance spots are limited!). Jackrabbit Levels 1 to 3 sessions are approximately 60 to 90 minutes in length (dependent on temperature). It is highly recommended that Jackrabbits Level 3 participants attend both sessions to improve their skills and successfully transition to level 4. The Wednesday sessions are flexible to allow for late showings or early departures to coordinate with participants’ other activities.

Jackrabbit 4 (Track Attack Rabbits) are held at Douglas Park on Sundays at 2:30, Science Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5PM. Track Attack Junior participants are requested to attend a minimum 2 of 3 sessions offered per week. The Wednesday sessions are flexible for the participants to show late or early departure to coordinate with other activities. The goal of the Track Attack Junior program is to help our participants transition from the FUNdamentals stage of athletic development to the Learn-to-Train stage of athletic development. Specifically, we want to ensure our participants are comfortable with long distance skiing and learning to train for competitive activities. Our weeknight sessions will focus primary on freestyle skate skiing, fitness and fun while our Sunday sessions will focus on skill development and technique improvement.

Track Attack Racers will meet 3 times a week Monday and Wednesday from 5:00-6:30 at the Science Centre Loop, and on Sunday from 1:00-3:00 at the White Butte trails.

All lessons will run approximately 8-10 weeks from the first Sunday in January until mid-March or as snow conditions allow.

Hot chocolate and snacks will be provided at the end of the Sunday sessions for Bunnyrabbit and Jackrabbit participants.

There will also be two or three Sunday Ski Trips to White Butte during the Ski Season. The Bunnyrabbit and Jackrabbits teams will be paired with a “buddy” from the Track Attack race team for a fun afternoon. These dates will be announced.

Lesson Cancellations:
Ski Program sessions will be canceled if there is not enough snow for a good ski track
(See our Trail Conditions page.)
or if the wind chill according to Environment Canada (306-780-5744) is below -25 degrees Celsius or colder at 1pm Sunday.

Program Summary:
Click here for a brief printable summary of the Bunnyrabbit and Jackrabbit Ski Programs.

Registration:
The registration fees are:

  • Bunnyrabbit Ski Program is $40.00 per child.
  • Jackrabbit Level 1 to 3 (one session per week) Program is $40 per child.
  • Jackrabbit Level 1 to 3 (two sessions per week) Program is $60 per child.
  • Jackrabbit Level 4 Track Attack Rabbit Program is $60 per child.
  • Track Attack Racers Program is $150 per child. PROMOTION – First year participants are $100!

The family of the child must also obtain a Regina Ski Club Membership.

You may register by opening the Registration Form and emailing the completed form to jackrabbitskiclub@gmail.com. Alternatively, you may register online via the Regina Ski Club’s ZONE4 Registration Site.

For more information please email jackrabbitskiclub@gmail.com

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