Registration opens on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 am.
*NEW* Youth ages 9 to 12 registering for cross country ski programs have the option to also register for a Biathlon Bears Winter Session ADD-ON Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The Monday sessions will focus on biathlon specific skills such as entering the range, setting up for shooting, and exiting the range along with shooting skills and techniques such as breath control and sight picture.
8 – 10 (Year of Birth: 2009 – 2011)
Prerequisite: None (for children new to skiing or with limited ski experience)
December to March
The Jackrabbits Learn to Ski program aims for 12 coached sessions of 1.5 hours once per week.
- Wednesdays – 4:30 to 6:00 pm OR 6:15 to 7:45 pm
- Optional Biathlon Bears Winter Session ADD-ON Mondays: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Note: Foothills Nordic reserves the right to cancel any group session with insufficient registrants. Normal minimum class size is five children. Participants will be given the opportunity to register in another program or receive a FULL refund in the event a session is cancelled.
- Confederation Park Golf Course
- Other locations may be used for extra activities (Terrain Park nights, Family ski days – West Bragg Creek Trails, Canmore and other mountain locations)
- Program fee: $200
- Optional Biathlon Bears Winter Session ADD-ON Mondays: $310 plus a Biathlon Alberta Membership
- Foothills Nordic membership (during registration)
- Confederation Trail User Fees (during registration)
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 Learn to Ski provides older children who are new to skiing, or who have limited ski experience, with an opportunity to develop cross country ski skills with similarly-aged and skilled peers. Upon completion of the Learn to Ski program, coaches will recommend which level of Jackrabbits the child should join.
Participation in low-key regional events such as the Cookie Race, the Alberta Cup hosted by Foothills Nordic, and other local ski races is encouraged for all Jackrabbits as an overall skill development opportunity. It’s also a great way to meet other Foothills Nordic families.
Additional activities included in your registration are Terrain Park FUN Nights, Family Ski Days (Saturday or Sunday in Bragg Creek or Kananaskis), and the Foothills Club Day. These super fun events are well loved by Jackrabbits and their parents and are a great way to connect with the Foothills Nordic community. See the calendar for more information.
Our coaches are all NCCP-trained (Community Coach), many are former Jackrabbits and many are Foothills Nordic high performance athletes.
Please check the Frequently Asked Questions for more information: Bunny and Jackrabbit Program FAQ.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING
Participants are expected to 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 a reasonable cost due to the volunteer support of our families. Based on the Club’s volunteer bond, ALL Jackrabbit parents will be required to volunteer six hours throughout the season. Numerous volunteer opportunities will be available from coach support for Bunnies, Group Monitoring for Jackrabbits, parking or snow grooming support and support for weekend events (Terrain Nights, Family Ski Days and the Cookie Race). A full sign-up list with details on volunteer jobs will be available and communicated before the first on-snow sessions.
For information on the volunteer bond and the many other volunteer opportunities available throughout the year, see Club Volunteer Opportunities.
We also welcome keen parents with strong basic ski skills to become coaches. Please note your willingness to coach 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.