Bunnyrabbits and 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.

Jackrabbit Ski Program (age 5 to 10 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, 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 stay for all with their child for Level One.
  • 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 – 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.

When and Where:
The weekly scheduled Bunnyrabbit and Jackrabbit Ski Programs will be run at the park north of the

    Douglas Park (between Leibel Field and Canada Games Track & Field Centre), Regina, Sk.

commencing Sunday, January 8, 2017. Bunnyrabbit and Jackrabbit Sessions occur early afternoon during the warmest part of the day and last about one hour. Lessons will run approximately 8 weeks until mid-March or as snow conditions allow.

Hot chocolate and snacks will be provided at the end of every session.

There will also be two or three Sunday Ski Trips to White Butte or alternate area (dependant on snow conditions) during the 2016/2017 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:
To register your child and pay by credit card, you may visit the Online Registration Site for the Regina Ski Club.

If you prefer to pay by cheque, you may register by completing and mailing the Bunnyrabbit/Jackrabbit Registration Form. Jackrabbits Registration Form

Jackrabbit toque design for 2017

Jackrabbits' Green Windup 2016

Bunnyrabbits in Snow! January 2016

Bunnyrabbits - easy skiing

Jackrabbits on a rope

Jackrabbits parachute game