Ages: 6-7

Jackrabbits 1 & 2


Join our coaches for the next level of the FUNdamentals, featuring slalom with hoops, adventure loops featuring powder drops and bicycle bumps, and lots of British Bulldog!

Jackrabbit programs goals :

  • Encourage FUN and participation,
  • Develop ABC’s: Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed.
  • Encourage frequent cross-country skiing during the season.
  • Develop good technique habits through repeated practice using Jackrabbit program awards
  • Utilize games and ski playgrounds to develop technique, speed skills and fitness.
  • Deliver well structured programs.
  • Develop linear, lateral and multi directional speed.
  • Nurture a team/social atmosphere.
  • Introduce competition in a team environment whenever possible.
  • Encourage inter-club social, skill and fitness orientated ski activities

* SLNC membership and a current season’s pass is required for participants this program.
* “Inclusiveness” is a SLNC priority. Instruction for children with special needs is part of all Jackrabbit programs. Contact us for more information.


Program Details

Nov 25, Dec 3, 10, 17, Jan 7 - Mar 11 + SLNC Loppet, March 12
Total # of Sessions
Sessions per Week
Saturdays 10:30 - 12:00
Length of Session
Sovereign Lake Nordic Club – meet at start of Wylie’s Loop just past green technical building on skier’s left of stadium
Classic with poles
$95 and a bit of your time – come help your club’s super team of volunteers a bit or a lot.

Lead coach: Avalon Richter

Group coaches: Doug Gauld and Corey Bird

Useful Link for Parents:

Ski equipment and safety

Equipment Sources: Classic skis and poles (waxless or waxable are both ok), mittens, toques, buff, non-cotton long underwear and lots of thin layers as over layers (light fleece and light shell). Snow pants are ok but please no snow jackets: kids are moving and grooving at 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.

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.

Program awards:
Three important aspects need to be developed at this stage: technique, fitness, and speed. This level has an award system to help children track their progress. Note that all program awards are important in addressing your child’s long-term development. Some are more important than others at certain stages of development. They are progressive, may be earned more than once from level to level and provide positive motivation to your child. Click on the links below for descriptions of each award:

Q. Where do Jackrabbit 1&2 sessions take place ?

A. Each Jackrabbit 1&2 session usually starts in the main stadium for introductory games and some formal instruction, then ventures out onto the ski playground area(s) and gentle trails near the stadium. Please ask front desk staff if you need directions.

Q. How long are Jackrabbit 1&2 sessions?

A. Jackrabbit program goals are achieved through lively 1.5hour sessions. This allows enough time for instruction, games & supervised, independent learning/exploring in the ski playground.

Q. What new skiing skills will my child learn at this level?

A. JackRabbit 1-2s continue to advance the skills that they learned in “Bunnies”. New skills that are introduced include diagonal stride gliding step, double poling, kick turn, snowplow turn and snowplow braking, snowplow stop. A full description of skills and progressions taught at each Jackrabbit level can be found here.

Q. What does a typical Jackrabbit 1&2 session consist of ?

A. Coaches use large and small groups, gentle terrain, games, songs, hoops, balls (and the occasional juice-berry) to encourage natural learning and “discovery”. Each session starts with introductory “warm up” games, followed by some formal instruction that is then reinforced with relevant challenges or games, a ski on trails and supervised “free” time in the stadium or ski playground.

Q. Do children race at this stage ?
A. Yes, opportunities to race are offered and encouraged. An age appropriate introduction to racing (team relays, skills/obstacle courses individual challenges) is an important part of athletic development. Coach support at races is included in the program through participation in:

  • SLNC Ski Tournament
  • SLNC Tips up Cup race or one other local short race (Atom category, ages 5-7)
  • SLNC Mini-Loppet

Q. Is there a wrap up event at the end of the program ?

A. The formal season ends with some festivities and games within the Jackrabbit 1&2 groups on the Saturday March 10 and then the SLNC Loppet [kid’s courses] on the following day, Sunday March 11.

Q. Will my Jackrabbit make good progress by skiing just 1x/wk in the formal sessions?

A. Every Jackrabbit [and parent] progresses at their own rate. While Jackrabbit sessions provide a great introduction to skiing, help you get started on key ski skills and support you along the way…your child [and 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 kids. Another short ski on Saturday following the morning session works well for many families.

Q. What opportunities are there for my child to “move up” to the next level(s) ?

A. We do our best to place every child in a level and groups that serve their current and challenges them sufficiently so they improve. Coaches at every level/group strive to communicate with each other regularly and make adjustments when appropriate and practical. For Jackrabbits 2s getting ready to move up to level 3 we provide an opportunity to come up for an “Evening Ski Party & Pizza Night” with current Jackrabbit 3&4s.

Q. As a parent/guardian just learning to ski…how can I help & keep up to my JackRabbit ?

A. Ultimately, parents/guardians will be the ones taking their own youngsters skiing outside of lesson times. One of the objectives at this stage is to assist parents in understanding the technique skills and to share ideas of how to facilitate their child’s learning. No worries if you need help getting started on skis yourself – we have “Getting Started” lessons that are designed just for you and well qualified instructors for every level of skier !  Check with our staff to line up a certified instructor who can help you with your own skiing skills.

Q. Do parents/guardians accompany their children during Jackrabbits ?
A. This the stage when children are encouraged to learn to ski independently during sessions, in small groups led by certified coaches.  BUT, we do need and want your help as all youth programs run on parent volunteers!

Q. What kind of help does the club need and how can I pitch in ?

A. It takes many volunteers to run club programs and activities  We need your help with:

  • Coaching  – we provide introductory and community coach workshops with support and mentoring along way for all current – and future – coaches in our program.
  • Coordinating programs – registration, refreshments, hot chocolate table, pizza night…
  • Equipment set-up – hoops/balls/props, playground maintenance, special events…
  • Races – timing, stadium & course set-up, marshalling, traffic control, bib gathering…
  • Other – everything big n’small happens because people pitch in – please just offer or ask us !

$75.00 before November 30th

$95.00 after November 30th