Jackrabbits

Registration
  • Fall Session (Dryland): Registration opens on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 am.
  • Winter Session (On-Snow): Registration opens on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 am.

NOTE: Jackrabbits Dryland is for participants 8 to 10 years of age with previous participation in Jackrabbits Level 2 or higher OR Jackrabbits Learns to Ski and recommendation for Level 3.

*NEW* Youth ages 9 to 12 registering for cross country ski programs have the option to also register for a Biathlon Bears ADD-ON Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Please contact the Jackrabbits Manager at [email protected] if you have any questions about registration.

Jackrabbit Levels Offered:
  • Jackrabbits Level 1 (ages 6/7)
  • Jackrabbits Level 2 (ages 7/8)
  • Jackrabbits Level 3 (ages 8/9)**
  • Jackrabbits Level 4 (ages 9/10)**
  • Learn2Ski (ages 8 to 10) – For kids new to Jackrabbits and formal ski lessons.

** For Levels 3 and 4, participants must have done the previous level and have coach recommendations.

Season
  • Fall Session (Dryland): September through November
  • Winter Session (On-Snow): December to March
Times
  • Fall Session (Dryland): Thursdays – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Winter Session (On-Snow): The winter Jackrabbits programs aim for 12 coached sessions of 1.5 hours. We are looking at ways to ensure the full sessions are offered including possible weekend and makeup sessions.  More information will be shared at the Parent Information Session prior to the program start.
  • Option Biathlon Bears ADD-ON: Mondays – 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  (This add-on session is only open to 9 to 12 year olds also registered in another Foothills Nordic cross country ski program. See Biathlon Bears page for training information.)

Level 1 (ages 6/7) 

  • Tuesdays – 4:30 to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesdays – 6:15 to 7:45 pm
  • Wednesdays – 4:30 to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesdays – 6:15 to 7:45 pm
  • Thursdays – 4:30 to 6 pm
  • Thursdays – 6:15 to 7:45 pm

Level 2 (ages 7/8)  

  • Tuesdays – 4:30 to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesdays – 6:15 to 7:45 pm
  • Wednesdays – 4:30 to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesdays – 6:15 to 7:45 pm
  • Thursdays – 4:30 to 6 pm
  • Thursdays – 6:15 to 7:45 pm

Level 3 (ages 8/9) **

  • Tuesdays AND Thursdays – 4:30 to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesdays AND Thursdays – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Optional Biathlon Bears ADD-ON Mondays – 6:30 to 8:00 pm (This add-on session is only open to 9 to 12 year olds also registered in another Foothills Nordic cross country ski program.)

Level 4 (ages 9/10) **

  • Tuesdays AND Thursdays – 4:30 to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesdays AND Thursdays – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Optional Biathlon Bears ADD-ON Mondays – 6:30 to 8:00 pm (This add-on session is only open to 9 to 12 year olds also registered in another Foothills Nordic cross country ski program.)

Learn2Ski (ages 8-10)

  • Wednesdays – 6:15 to 7:45 pm
  • Optional Biathlon Bears ADD-ON Mondays – 6:30 to 8:00 pm (This add-on session is only open to 9 to 12 year olds also registered in another Foothills Nordic cross country ski program.)

** For Levels 3 and 4, participants must have done the previous level and have coach recommendations.

Note: Foothills Nordic Ski Club reserves the right to cancel any group session that has insufficient registrants.  Minimum class size is normally five participants.  If a session is cancelled, participants will be given the opportunity to register for another session or receive a FULL refund.

Location
  • Fall Session (Dryland): Edworthy Park, Confederation Park at Rosemont Community Centre, possible indoor activities
  • Winter Session (On-Snow): Confederation Park Golf Course.  Other locations may be used for extra and weekend activities (Terrain Park nights, Family ski days – West Bragg Creek trails, Canmore and other mountain locations)
Cost
  • Fall Session (Dryland) fee: $100
  • Winter Session (On-Snow) fee: $200 for JR1, JR2, and JR Learn2Ski
  • Winter Session (On-Snow) fee: $410 for JR3 and JR4
  • Optional Biathlon Bears Monday ADD-ON: $310 plus a Biathlon Alberta Membership
  • Foothills Nordic membership (during registration)
  • Confederation Trail User Fees (during registration)
Program Description

Fall Session (Dryland): Practices will include running, biking, core/strength and movement skill activities (agility, balance, coordination), as well as games and activities that promote fitness and FUN.  In November, there may be options to do additional activities (indoor) when weather makes outdoor training challenging. (Some additional costs may apply – e.g. climbing gym.)

Winter Session (On-Snow): Jackrabbits will acquire basic ski skills while developing agility, balance, coordination and speed with an emphasis on FUN and participation! The essential goal of Jackrabbits is to provide children with FUNdamental physical and cross-country ski skills, as a foundation to participate in SPORT-FOR-LIFE.

Jackrabbits will develop cross-country skills through a progressive skill program through five levels (JR 1 – 4 and JR+), following the Foothills Nordic Skill Matrix  (see JR Forum for details on the Skill Matrix).  Classic technique is taught in all levels and skate technique is introduced in Levels 3 and 4.  The Jackrabbits Learn to Ski program is an age appropriate program for children 8 to 10 years old who are new to cross country skiing.

Group sizes are limited to 10.  Placement is based on previous Jackrabbit level and current ski skills. Our leaders are all NCCP-trained (Community Coach) and many are former Jackrabbits.

Additional activities include Terrain Park FUN Nights and Family Ski Days (Saturday or Sunday in Bragg Creek or Kananaskis). See the calendar for more information.  Jackrabbits are encouraged to be on skis as much as possible outside of the Jackrabbit program (as simple as ski time in the school field with friends).

Please check the Frequently Asked Questions for more information:  Bunny and Jackrabbit Program FAQ

Equipment and Clothing

Participants must have appropriate ski equipment and winter clothing. Please see the equipment and clothing information  for details.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENT / OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Foothills Nordic is able to run high quality programs for reasonable cost, due to the volunteer support of our families.   ALL Jackrabbit parents will be required to signup to assist with minimum two (2) program activities / three (3) for families with 2 or more children in program (weeknight coach support for Bunnies/Group Monitoring for Jackrabbits, parking or snow grooming support). We also require volunteer support for weekend events – Terrain Nights, Family Ski Days, Cookie Race. A full sign-up list with details on volunteer jobs, will be available and communicated before the first on-snow sessions.  

To volunteer for any of the many other club activities throughout the year, see Club Volunteer Opportunities.

We also welcome keen parents with strong basic ski skills to become coaches, as well as session managers – please note on your registration or contact the Jackrabbit Coach / Leader Coordinator.

We encourage families of all economic levels to participate in this awesome winter sport. If you have constraints for program or equipment costs, Foothills Nordic encourages families to seek support through KIDSPORT, a local program to help lower-income families with sport and activity program costs.

More Information

If you have any questions please e-mail Foothills Nordic.