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  • Jack Rabbit 2017 info sheet

    Blow-Me-Down Jackrabbit Ski Program – 2016/2017

    Regular Sessions

    Start date Saturday January 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Please arrive early to get your skis on. If you need to rent skis at the club, please arrive at least 1 hour in advance on the first day to avoid delays. Plan to meet in the clubhouse for 15 minutes after the first lesson, for important information on the Jackrabbit program.

    Saturday Sessions – All levels unless otherwise directed by leader): January 7, January 14, January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25, March 4 and March 11.

    Wednesday Sessions for JR Levels 3, 4 and Track Attack: January 11, January 18, January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15, February 22, March 1, March 8, and March 15.

    Lesson times

    Saturdays: Meet at 10:20 am at the clubhouse to get equipment on and ready to start by 10:30 am.

    Jackrabbits in Levels 1 to 4 and Track Attack have an hour and a half session of lessons and games to finish back at the clubhouse by 12:00 noon. Bunnyrabbits have an hour long session and finish close to 11:30 am.

    Wednesdays: Evening sessions will run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for Level 3, Level 4 and Track Attack.

    Race Experiences

    The Tour De Toblerone Fun Race series Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm after practice –– Free to enter, all ages welcome and everyone gets a mini-toblereone bar for every race! All levels of skier welcome, all races a manageable distance. FUN FUN FUN
    • Ye Olde Christmas Races – January 14-15. As part of the program, all skiers may enter the races for free. Races are Saturday and Sunday morning; more info closer to race date. Regular sessions for kids that don’t wish to race.
    • Snowy Owl: January 28 in Stephenville. classic ski race open to anyone. A range of distances.
    • Provincial Jr and Sr. Highschool races: February 11-12 in Plum Point
    • Blow Me Down Loppet: in the afternoon of February 18. Join a team – bring a friend!
    • KidsFest – March 18-19 in Pasadena (western) and Gander (central). This event is suitable for most ages and was tons of fun last year. Obstacle courses etc. for younger skiers. We’re planning to organize as big a BMD group as possible. Watch the boards and website for details.
    • Ski Marathon: March 4 in Stephenville! Track Attack and older age groups will be organizing to attend.
    • Provincial Races: April 8-9 in St. Anthony. Open to all ages. No qualifying races needed.

    Fun days

    • Jackrabbit Games Day: Saturday, March 25 – A jam-packed program of games and fun followed by a feast and technique awards (Parents: please sign up (by March 18) in the lodge to bring snacks – thanks!)
    • Spring Ski Day! April 1 – Meet at the lodge for a ski tour at 10:30 that will be followed by a “boil-up” at noon. Bring your family to join the wiener roast and (hopefully) some of the best skiing of the year!
    • Ski tours: Possible backcountry tour on April 1 or 8 for Track Attack and Level 4 skiers; watch for details.

    Tips and advice

    • Bad weather dates: All lessons will go ahead at the scheduled times. If the weather is completely unsuitable, the lesson will be cancelled. Please ensure that you provide an email address at registration! (an account you can access on Saturday). Updates will be sent out by email, posted on the Blow Me Down Trails facebook page and, if time permits, on the website.
    • Dress for the weather The Jackrabbit program will not incorporate a formal break during the session. Please ensure your child is warmly dressed. A snowsuit is appropriate for most ages. Mittens are better than gloves. Feet are particular problem areas: please wear a heavy sock and avoid cotton (synthetic or wool blends are best).
    • Ski equipment For most age groups, a classic style ski (either waxless or waxable) is appropriate. Skate skiing is introduced in Level 3, while Level 4 and Track Attack skiers will skate ski 50-75% of the time. For those groups, a waxable classic ski should be considered if you are buying new equipment. The wax can be removed for skate ski lessons. Two pairs of ski poles will be required: one for classic skiing and a longer pair for skate skiing. We will try to set up a separate waxing information session.
    Contact your Jackrabbit co-ordinators or Track Attack leaders for more information.

    Record extra skiing time or distance – IMPORTANT for award program!

    Program badges are awarded for extra time spent skiing. Record times on the Jackrabbit bulletin board.

    Parent helpers and leaders

    Most of the best and most enthusiastic cross-country skiers in our community are parents. The Jackrabbit program needs your help to maintain a strong program for our kids. Parents who are willing to co-lead a group may enroll their own child/children free of charge in the program (trail fees still apply). Free coaching and technical skill development is provided to volunteer leaders.

    If you can volunteer for special events or other program needs, please give your name to the program co-ordinators or sign up on the Jackrabbit bulletin board. THANKS!

    Note: All Bunny rabbits require a parent to accompany them during the lesson.

    Parent lessons

    Contact the Jackrabbit coordinator or BMD staff to arrange a lesson while your child is at Jackrabbits.

    Contact information

    Jackrabbit coordinators for 2016/2017: Jeri Graham (785-1403), Tina Newbury (634-8448)

    A list of leaders and groups will be posted on the Youth Programs/Jackrabbit bulletin board.

    Check the club Facebook page (Blow Me Down Trails open group) for updates on the youth program, club activities, events and news. Information is also available on the club webpage: www.blowmedown.ca.
    Contact the BMD clubhouse at 63-XC-SKI (639-2754).

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