Jackrabbit Program
Hello skiing enthusiasts,
We’re excited to announce that the Jackrabbit and Racing Rabbit programs are set to take place during the 2022 cross-country-skiing season at the Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Centre.
Levels are available for all skiers between the ages of 3 and 12, and new and returning participants are welcome!
In working with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, we will have some COVID-19 protocols in place at the ski club. First and foremost, anyone over 12 years of age will require proof that they are double vaccinated. More details will be sent out via email as we get closer to the beginning of the skiing season.
The Jackrabbit and Racing Rabbit programs are all run by volunteers.  There are many different roles required to help make these programs successful.  If you have not volunteered with these programs before, we would highly recommend it.
Thanks for your interest and support in the Jackrabbit and Racing Rabbits programs.

Jackrabbit Ski

Jackrabbits is a fun and encouraging learn-to-ski program for kids from 4 to 10 (or 12 … or even 14 for some). With a bevy of encouraging volunteer instructors, we ensure your kids are having fun and learning the fundamentals of cross-country skiing.

Even if you’re a bit older and have never skied, there’s a place for you.

The program generally runs every Saturday from the first week of January to the first weekend of March (with Family Day off) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

We have games, treats and a range of special events to keep you hopping (pun intended) with fun.

PROGRAMS

Bunnies: Under six years (as young as 3 years old!) and accompanied by a parent.

Levels 1, 2 and 3: Aged 6 to 9, focused on classic technique. Level 1 must have parental accompaniment.

Level 4: Introduction to skate skiing techniques.

Track Attack – Recreational: Aged 10 and older who wish to ski with a group (in skate or classic technique) and are recreational skiers.

Racing Rabbits: Georgian Nordic Racing Rabbits – aged 10 to 14 who wish to fine-tune skills and train for competition!

We work hard to place kids where they’ll have the most fun and the greatest success – there is no precise science or categorization for this, so it is important to communicate with us about your child’s needs and that we likewise communicate our thoughts on placement well with you.

There are two things you need to do to register:

1)  Club Membership Registration (individual student per child or family) (ALL Jackrabbit skiers must be a club member for insurance purposes.

2)  Jackrabbit session Registration

Jackrabbit https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=27303&lan=1&cartlevel=1
GNOAC  https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=26333&lan=1&cartlevel=1

Your child has to be a member of the club in order to sign on to be in the Jackrabbit program (it is in this way that we cover insurance for the skier and club). If the costs are too much, please reach out to Georgian Nordic at gnsccjackrabbit@gmail.com; we sincerely want to make skiing available for all, regardless of income or circumstance.

We are capping regular Jackrabbit registration (outside Racing Rabbits) at 100 children. Note that the registration deadline for the program is December 17, 2021.

If you’re interested in exploring having your kids in Jackrabbits or thinking about coaching, drop us an email at gnsccjackrabbit@gmail.com

Instructors: 

This is a volunteer-led program, and we’ve been fortunate year after year to have an excellent crew of adult and teenaged instructors snowing up some fun. BUT we are always on the lookout for new folks.

You don’t have to be the world’s best skier, just to be able to break down basic ski strokes and have a willingness to learn. The club offers the ability to sign up free for coaching programs, and there are many current and past instructors who are more than willing to mentor you. I’m biased, but it’s pretty exhilarating to see kids make it all the way to the bottom of a hill for the first time; get double poling and start moving quickly down the trail, or nail that first kick turn.

Cancellation policy

While we sincerely hope to run a program, we also know that things change rapidly. In light of that, we are offering a cancellation refund for a part of the fees, should we need to cancel all or a significant part of the season due to COVID-19.

Background info in light of COVID:

While COVID-19 requires all of us to be adaptive and flexible, specifically, prior to registering, we feel you need to know the following:

1)  As a club, we are committed to offering services and programming that are safe for staff, volunteers and participants – SAFETY is our primary focus. This is aided by guidance from Cross Country Ontario for the Jackrabbit program, in light of COVID-19 and guidance from the local health unit.

2)  The chalet will only be available for accessing ski rentals and washrooms and will be limited to a capacity of 10 individuals. This means that Jackrabbit groups will NOT have access to the club for warming up. For those with younger kids, this will mean parents will likely need to be more accessible/available in case kids need a warm car to retreat to.

3)  Attentiveness and patience on communications and process from parents and skiers are essential as coaches and the club navigate the changes needed to ensure we are all safe. Thanks!

Jackrabbit Head Volunteers: Chris Chambers, Cam MacDonald