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Jackrabbit Program

Jackrabbit Program (Youth)

The Jackrabbit youth program uses fun to teach children cross-country skiing techniques. Technical ski instruction is mixed into the fun and games so kids develop skills, a love of the outdoors, friendships, a healthy lifestyle, and physical fitness. This national program is a proven method for learning how to cross country ski. There are over 10,000 participants Canada-wide, and there’s a long list of provincial, national, and international level athletes who started out in the program. A Junior Development/Challenge group provides instruction, training and racing opportunities for older teens. Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate at every level of the Jackrabbit program – organizing, teaching, or just plain having fun with the kids!

Bunnyrabbits

Through games and experience on different types of terrain, kids get comfortable on skis and develop fundamental movement skills such as agility, balance and coordination. Participants get achievement stickers when they develop basic skills. Poles are generally not used.

Age: 4-5
Duration: 10 weeks
Session time:
Saturday mornings from 10:30am – 11:30am
Registration fee: $50

Parents must attend the lesson with their child.

Jackrabbits

Jackrabbit participants develop fundamental movement skills and cross country ski skills. The emphasis is on learning proper ski technique through games, special events, ski playground and trail adventures. Kids learn progressively over the course of multiple ski seasons, moving through four levels of the program.

Jackrabbit participants each get a booklet that they use to record their progress in the program using award stickers to track their successes.
Levels 1 and 2 focus on classic cross country ski technique. Skate skiing is introduced in Level 3 and is the focus in Level 4.

Age: 6-9
Duration: 10 weeks
Session times:
All levels, Saturdays: 10:30am – noon
Levels 3 & 4, Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30pm, followed by the Tour de Toblerone fun race
Registration fee: $60 + season membership OR $113 (program and day passes for use during lessons

Track Attack

Track Attack is for young skiers who want to become technically competent in both classic and skate ski techniques. The fundamental movement and cross country ski specific skills are further developed through variety of activities including backcountry adventures, longer ski tours, ski playground and racing. Kids get their own booklet to track their progress using achievement stickers.

Age: 10-12
Duration: 10 weeks
Session times:
Saturdays: 10:30am – noon
Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30pm, followed by the Tour de Toblerone fun race
Registration fee: $60 + season membership

(participants have completed the Jackrabbit levels or are at a similar level of skiing)

Jackrabbit program registration happens in November each year. For more information on youth cross country ski programs at Blow Me Down Trails call the lodge or contact one of the program coordinators:

Jeri Graham (709-785-1403) | Tina Newbury (709-634-8448) | Valetta Colbourne (709-640-1486) | Email: bmdjackrabbits@gmail.com

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