Join Coach Kris in the bunny bowl for an enthusiastic introduction to skiing for your youngster. Balls, hoops, short adventure trails, and songs are all part of this intro level. Your young skier will learn balance, agility, and rhythm, the FUNdamentals to skiing. This is a parent participation class: one parent/guardian joins their child. Please no “strap on skis” and parent/guardians lead by example and enjoy the class with skis on too.
|Jan 7 - Mar 11, 2017||Note: Cold Weather Cancelation guidelines Cold weather cut-off for Bunnies is -12*C. In the event that a session is canceled, notice will be posted at the top of this page by 8:30am on Saturdays. Any “cancellation” will be posted by 8:30am., otherwise the session is running.|
Total # of Sessions
Sessions per Week
|Saturdays 10:30- 11:30|
Length of Session
|Sovereign Lake Nordic Club - meet at the 'bunny bowl' across the stadium.|
|Classic (no poles)|
|December 27, 2016|
Lead Coach: Kris Markson
Coaches: Myra Mattila and Joanna Cann
Contact our Programs Coordinator for more details.
Equipment : mittens, toque, buff, non-cotton long underwear, and snowsuits are appropriate for this age.
Rentals – A full selection of quality, affordable, classic and skate gear for all ages is available at SLNC. Special package prices are available for kids enrolled in Bunnies, Jackrabbit and Track Attack programs for use during formal program sessions. Please see SLNC staff for help. Rentals are available to Program Participants for $40/season
Retail – Stussi Sports in Vernon provides an excellent selection of quality kids and adults gear with advise to match. They also have a rotating “kids gear exchange” program and info on ski swaps. They are a huge supporter of our club, programs and events.
Q. Where do Bunnies sessions take place ?
A. Bunnies sessions usually start in the “Bunny Bowl” ski playground area beside the main stadium and gentle trails near the stadium. Please ask front desk staff if need directions.
Q. How long are Bunnies sessions?
A. Bunnies program goals are achieved through short and lively one hour sessions. This allows enough time for a “formal ” session and some “free” for independent exploring afterwards. Note that each sessions starts a bit later than JackRabbits and Track Attack sessions in order to allow parents to get their children to different programs and still get to Bunnies on time.
Q. What skiing skills will my child learn ?
A. Your child will begin learning the ready position, how to fall and rise, side step, star turn, tracking, herringbone, snowplow braking, and the first progression on diagonal stride.
Q. What does a typical Bunnies session consist of ?
A. Coaches use group, gentle terrain, games, songs, hoops, balls, bubbles (and the occasional juice-berry) to encourage natural learning and “discovery”.
Q. Is there a wrap up event at the end of the program?
A. The formal season ends with a special Ski Tournament event, comprised of a morning of fun including relay races, obstacle bumps, and a jungle trail.
Q. What if I, a parent/guardian, am just learning to ski…how do I accompany my Bunny
A. The philosophy of the Bunnies program is to impart ski skills for both the young Bunnies and their parent who will ultimately be the one taking them skiing outside of lesson times. No worries if you are need some help getting started on skis yourself – we have “Program Parent” and “Getting Started” lessons that are designed just for you! Check with our staff to line up one of our certified instructors who can help you with your own skiing skills.
Q. Will my Bunny (or I) make good progress by skiing just 1x/wk in the formal sessions?
A. Every Bunny and parent progresses at their own rate. While the Bunnies sessions provide a great introduction to skiing, helps you get started on key ski skills and supports you along the way…you will improve more quickly the more you get out there and just have FUN! So, we strongly encourage parents to take full advantage of our fantastic snow and trail system by getting out at least one other time when they can with their budding Bunny. Another short ski on Saturday following the morning session works well for many families.
* Parent/Guardian accompaniment:
“Bunnies” is a parent participation program: each parent/guardian must accompany their child throughout each lesson. The parent/guardian must therefore be a current SLNC member by either purchasing a season’s pass or a Parent Program Pass. You can also purchase single day passes but the Parent Programs Pass at $50 provides a 70% discount over purchasing day passes. You will find the Parent Programs Pass option directly below the Bunny Rabbits registration link on Zone 4. This pass is valid for Saturday use only.
$65.00 until November 30th, 2016
$85.00 after November 30th