• Programs

    BMD Youth Skill Development Program – 2020 season


    Start date for Level 3, 4 and Track Attack skiers:  Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 10:30 am.   

    Start date for Bunnyrabbits, Levels 1, 2 and older beginners: Saturday, January 11 at 10:30 am.

    Program Information session:  January 11 at the lodge right after lessons (11:45 am).


    Rentals on the first day:  If you need to rent skis at the club, please arrive at least 1 hour in advance on the first day to avoid delays.  Visit the lodge earlier in the week before your start date to confirm sizing of equipment. 


    Saturday Sessions – All levels (unless otherwise directed by leader):  January 4, January 11, January 18,

    January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15, February 22, February 29, March 7 and March 14. Special programming on March 21, and ski touring on March 28 and as spring conditions permit.


    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.


    Wednesday Sessions for JR Levels 3, 4 and Track Attack: January 8, January 15, January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12, February 19, February 26, March 4, March 11, and March 18


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


    Junior Development:  In addition to the above session dates, there are extra training practices and race events as determined by the ski coach (bmdskicoach@gmail.com).    


    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-toblerone bar for every race! All levels of skier welcome, all races a manageable distance.  Not a timed event; Fun with ski friends is the goal!
    • Snowy Owl: February 8 in Stephenville. Classic ski race open to anyone. A range of distances.
    • West Coast KidsFest – March 21 at Blow Me Down as part of Jackrabbit Games Day.
    • Ski Marathon: March 7 in Pasadena! There will be information for BMD skiers who wish to attend.


    Special Events


    • Jackrabbit Games Day: Saturday, March 21 – A jam-packed program of games and fun with a feast and technique awards followed by KidsFest races and activities

    (Parents: please sign up (by March 14) to bring snacks to share – thanks!)

    • Spring Ski Day! March 28 – 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: Trail skiing with your leader and backcountry tour(s):  TBA depending on conditions


    Stormy Weather:  Cross-country skiing is an outdoor sport – that’s one thing that makes it so great! All lessons go ahead at the scheduled times – no substitutions.  We will shorten lessons if it is particularly cold.  If the weather is so bad that leaders cannot travel to the trails or if the ski club closes the trails, the lesson will be cancelled by

    9 am on Saturdays and 5 pm on Wednesdays.



    Parent Communications

    Please ensure that you provide an email address at registration!  Updates and cancellations will be sent out by email and posted on the Blow Me Down Trails Members facebook page. 


    Equipment and clothing


    • Ski equipment – See our separate handout on ski equipment!! For Levels 1 to 3 a classic style ski (either waxless or waxable) is appropriate.  Skate skiing is introduced in Level 3; skate equipment can be rented from the club.  Level 4 and Track Attack skiers will skate ski at least 50% of the time.  Two pairs of ski poles will be required:  one for classic skiing and a longer pair for skate skiing. 
    • Rentals – ski rentals are available at the ski club for all ages at a reduced rate for skiers in the program. If you are renting equipment from the club, please visit the club prior to your start date to pick out correct sizes for boots and equipment. 
    • Parents will be notified of any information sessions on equipment or waxing.
    • IMPORTANT: 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 the younger 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).
    • Contact your Jackrabbit co-ordinators or club coach for more information on equipment.


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


    Program badges are awarded for extra time spent skiing outside of program ski sessions.  Record times on the Jackrabbit bulletin board throughout the season.


    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. It can be as simple as setting up for a special event or skiing along with a group. 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. 


    Please give your name to the program co-ordinators to help out with special events or other program needs (see list of volunteer needs in this handout).  This builds our ski family, keeps our leader to skier ratio at about one leader for every 8 skiers, and allows us to offer more places in the program for young skiers .  THANKS!


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


    Contact information


    Jackrabbit coordinators for 2020:  Jeri Graham (785-1403), Tina Newbury (634-8448), Valetta Colbourne,  or email bmdjackrabbits@gmail.com.  Junior Development contact: bmdskicoach@gmail.com.


    Check the club Facebook page (Blow Me Down Trails Members Group) for updates on the youth program, club activities, events and news.  Contact the BMD clubhouse at 63-XC-SKI (639-2754).

    Volunteer Roles for Parents


    Instead of fundraising specifically for Jackrabbits, we ask for volunteer support with the program.   Please indicate where you can help out and hand in or email to program coordinators


    • Parent helper with instructional groups (suggestion: 2-3 sessions) to help with kids on trail, smooth running of games


    • Help out with races (Tour de Toblerone, KidsFest activities)


    • Help out with Jackrabbit Olympics and KidsFest (set up potluck feast, setup or take down of events; trail monitor)


    • Be on KidsFest organizing committee (communications, registration, bibs, stadium assistant)


    • Assist with Terrain Park development and upkeep on Friday evenings (guidance will be provided)


    • Organize fire or food/drinks for Family Day bonfire


    • Help to organize a social event:  eg. Waffle Breakfast and World Cup viewing; Jackrabbit family potluck on a Saturday evening 


    • (There is a fundraiser option too …) Organize parents to sell Cross Country NL tickets (hand out tickets and get back money) to support coaching development, provincial team; local club


    • Leader with program (coaching training provided; leader discount for own kids in program)





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