Rabbits (including Bunnies): January 9, 2020.
Extended Rabbits: December 1, 2019 (limited number of spaces available, will likely fill up before this deadline)
Early bird registration deadline is December 10, 2019.
Overview of the Rabbits Program
The Rabbits Ski Program is open to children 4 through 10 years of age. There are approximately 10 sessions from January 11 to March 14, 2020. Lessons are held on Saturdays at 1:00 pm, plus one night ski and the Wetzinkwa Loppet. Class length is 45 minutes to 1½ hours depending on the age of the group.
The emphasis of this program is on: having fun; developing great ski technique; encouraging life-long skiers. A typical session might include: goofy warm-up games, a ski obstacle course, some technical instruction, a fun ski with the group, possibly ending with a brief soccer game on skis! Each session closes with hot chocolate and a snack in the lodge.
Children are grouped according to age and ability. Each group has a leader, an assistant and a parent helper.
Our Rabbit program relies on volunteer participation. In fact, it is completely volunteer driven! Families are asked to sign-up to support the program in some way 4-5 times per season, whether it be coaching, on-snow parent helping, prepping and serving hot chocolate, or lodge cleanup. After registering, a link to online sign-up for specific times and dates will be sent to you. Please review the information on volunteer duties for Extended Rabbits if you are interested in that program.
The Club offers excellent training for parent volunteer instructors organized through the Cross Country BC (CCBC) Community Coaching Program. You don’t have to be an expert skier, just willing to take one or both of the CCBC courses and, of course have fun with kids!
Sessions are canceled when the temperature is below -15° C. at the Nordic Centre. If it is questionable (around -15°) the coordinator will send an email. The weather conditions at the Nordic Centre are reported here.
Also, be sure to check out the Rabbits Notice Board downstairs in the Lodge for updated information.
The Rabbits program is always looking for coaches. The Club pays for the necessary coaching certification programs designed by Cross Country Canada. The first level of coaching certification needed to coach Rabbits is an online course. The Club also strives to host coaching clinics for some on-snow instruction, before Rabbits starts in January. The masters drop-in program Wednesday evenings is another great way for parents to work on their technique.
See this page for more details on the coaching certification programs http://www.bvnordic.ca/events-activities/courses/
First day of Rabbits and Bunnies - January 11, 2020
Toque Day - January 25
Night Ski - February 13 (Thursday, 6 pm)
Last day of Rabbits - March 7
Wetzin'kwa Loppet (Race) - March 14
Bunny Rabbits (Age 4 & 5)
Designed to introduce young children to the sport of cross country skiing and the healthy lifestyle that goes along with it. The focus is on balance and learning basic skills through short play sessions on skis. Parental involvement is required.
Rabbits (Age 6 - 10)
A four-level progression through the basics of cross country skiing. Skiers can join at any age and are grouped according to ability. The focus is on balance, agility and rhythm over a variety of terrain. Games and drills are used to reinforce the concept being taught. Night skiing, team relays and special activities add to the fun. Parental involvement is required.
Extended Rabbits (Age 7 - 10)
An option for children who want to ski more than once a week, over a longer season, in order to improve more quickly. Extended Rabbits meet Thursdays 3:30 to 5 pm as well as Saturdays in December, after the snow falls, from 10:30 to noon. In January, Saturday sessions are from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Skiers can join at any age, are grouped according to ability and advance through the four-level Rabbit program.
The focus is on learning balance, agility and rhythm over a variety of terrain. Beginning with fun, age-appropriate fitness activities in the fall, skiers get on snow as early as possible in the season. Ski skills are taught through games, drills, team relays and special activities.