Children’s Programs

Bunnyrabbit, Jackrabbit and Dynarabbit Ski Programs (2018-19)

‘Active Start’ and ‘FUNdamentals’

The Jackrabbit Program was named after the legendary ski pioneer Hermann “Jackrabbit” Smith-Johannsen – a Norwegian immigrant to Canada, who lived and skied to the impressive age of 112. Jackrabbit attributed his long life partially to cross country skiing, a healthy outdoor life and always striving for his personal best. Many of our Olympic nordic stars, including Beckie Scott and Sarah Renner, got their start in their local Jackrabbit Programs. The Bunnyrabbit and Jackrabbit programs are designed as the first two stages of the Cross Country Canada’s “Active for Life” model ‘Active Start’ and ‘FUNdamentals’

Kanata Nordic members who are between 4 and 13 years old can enroll in the Bunnyrabbit, Jackrabbit and Dynarabbit programs. These on-snow learn-to-ski programs run on Saturday afternoons at Wesley Clover Parks for 10 weeks starting in January. Some special drylands activities for program participants are available in the fall.

 

Program Information for 2018-19
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  • Bunnyrabbit (4-6 yrs)

    The purpose of the Bunnyrabbit program is to introduce cross-country skiing through organized activity, games, and play on skis. It is very important for our new skiers to have fun while they are learning! The objectives for these young skiers are to master the more basic ski skills including falling/rising, side-stepping, herringbone and ski walking. Children in the Bunnyrabbit program ski without poles.

    Each child must have a parent with the group, so adults, be prepared to have fun with your children!

    Program Dates: 2019 dates TBC

    Program Times: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

    Location: Wesley Clover Parks (401 Corkstown Road)

    Program Prices: Pending 

  • Jackrabbits (6 to 10 yrs)

    The Jackrabbit program encourages young skiers to continue their skills development, gradually involving more advanced techniques. The emphasis is still to have fun while learning, with lots of games incorporated into the lessons. Children will learn techniques in both classic and skating as they progress through the four levels. Participants are given a personal booklet to track their progress each season. Sticker awards are given for technique and program achievements. Parents are encouraged to participate alongside their Jackrabbits.

    There are four levels in the Jackrabbit program, starting with Level 1, which follows after the Bunnyrabbit program. Generally children achieve a level in one season, although Level 3 and more so Level 4 can take multiple seasons to master. Participants will gradually develop skills in both the classic and skate skiing techniques with the aim of acquiring competence and confidence for virtually any cross-country ski outing and condition. Skiers are placed into levels according to their age, ability, and previous ski experience.

    Program Dates: 2019 dates TBC

    Program Times: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

    Location: Wesley Clover Parks (401 Corkstown Road)

    Program Prices: Pending 

  • Dynarabbits (New skiers age 9 to 13)