Jackrabbits

Registration
  • *NEW* Fall Session (Dryland): Registration opens June 4. Click JOIN button on this page to register.*
  • Winter Session (On-Snow): Registration opens September 17.  Click JOIN button on this page to register.

* NEW* Jackrabbits Dryland has been set up as a program of its own. This allows participants to register independently for the dryland and on-snow programs.  The JR Dryland program is open to ALL Jackrabbit-age kids who plan to register in JR Level 3, JR Level 4, or JR Plus on-snow programs.

Ages
  • Fall Session (Dryland): 8 – 10 years (Year of birth: 2008-2010).
    • Prerequisite for Fall Session (Dryland): previous participation in Jackrabbits Level 2 or higher OR Jackrabbits Learn to Ski and recommendation for Level 3.
  • Winter Session (On-Snow): 6 – 10 years (Year of birth: 2008 – 2012, proof of year may be required)
Season
  • Fall Session (Dryland): Mid-September through November
  • Winter Session (On-Snow): December to early March
Program Times
  • Fall Session (Dryland): Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • Weekend activities TBD (October day event/ Lake Louise Early Snow Camp, November 16-18)
  • Winter Session (On-Snow): TBD
    • 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 before September registration.
    • Sessions will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school (4:30 to 6:00 pm) and Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6:15 – 7:45 pm).  Sessions available for each level will be noted closer to the registration date.
 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 both of these levels, participants must have done previous levels 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 5 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): Canmore Park, Confederation Park at Rosemont Community Centre, possible indoor activities, other locations may be included for November 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: $90
  • Winter Session (On-Snow) fee: $180
  • Foothills Nordic membership (during registration)
Program Description

Fall Session (Dryland): The objective of the JR Dryland Program is to develop FUNdamental Sport and Movement skills (Sport for Life LTAD), as well as social and group bonding for older Jackrabbits.  Activites will include running, biking, movement skill work, and games that promote fitness and FUN.  In November, there may be options to do additional indoor activites when weather makes outdoor training challenging.  (Some additional costs may apply, e.g. climbing gym.)

Weekend activities will include one or two weekend day activities (hike or bike) to be scheduled at the start of the program.  Participants will also have the option to register and participate in the Lake Louise Early Snow Camp, November 16-18.

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: 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.