Jackrabbit Kids Cross Country Ski Program
We’ve worked with the local health unit to ensure a safe environment for all skiers. Everyone using our facility over the age of 12 must be double vaccinated (unless they possess a written medical exemption). We’ve also requested that other skiers refrain from visiting Georgian Nordic during Jackrabbit sessions and are capping the program at 100 kids. Our programs also follow guidance provided by Cross Country Ontario.
Learn more about our general COVID19 policies.
We’re thrilled to announce that our Jackrabbit program is returning for the 2021/2022 season. Jackrabbits introduces kids aged three to nine to the joy of cross-country skiing. (We also offer programs for kids 10 to 14—see below.)
They’ll learn the basics in a fun atmosphere that includes games, treats and scavenger hunts. Plus every week has a different theme, like the always-popular crazy hat day.
Jackrabbits 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.
The program is beloved by kids and the volunteer coaches who manage it, including members of the Georgian Nordic Junior Racing Team, who share tips and their experiences in races.
The Jackrabbit program is broken out into three levels:
Bunnies, for children aged three to six. Parental involvement is required.
Levels 1, 2 and 3 teach classic-skiing technique and don’t require parental accompaniment. If your child is new to Georgian Nordic, don’t worry; we’ll work with you to place them where they’ll have the most fun and greatest success.
Level 4 introduces kids to the fun and fast discipline of skate skiing.
For Kids 10 and Up
Our Track Attack program is for kids aged 10 to 14 who wish to ski with a group (in skate or classic technique) recreationally. Racing Rabbits is for kids aged 10 to 14 who wish to fine-tune their skills and train for competition.
Track Attack runs as part of the Jackrabbit program on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Racing Rabbits has twice-weekly practices: after school on Wednesdays and as part of Jackrabbits on Saturday mornings.
To register your child for Jackrabbits, Racing Rabbits or Track Attack, follow these two steps:
- Georgian Nordic membership: All skiers in our children’s and youth programs must be Georgian Nordic members for insurance purposes.
- Jackrabbit/Racing Rabbit/Track Attack: Once you’ve purchased your individual or family Georgian Nordic membership, you can register for the programs themselves, also through our transaction partner, Zone 4.
Georgian Nordic aims to make cross-country skiing available to everyone. If costs are an issue, please email our coaching staff at [email protected].
Finally, while we hope to run the full program, the COVID-19 situation is fluid. If we must cancel, we’ll refund the unused portion of your program fee. In addition, the chalet will only be available for ski rentals and washrooms and will be limited to 10 individuals. If you have younger kids, please be available in case they need a warm car to retreat to.
We’re always looking for volunteer coaches. And no, you don’t need to be a pro—all you need is an ability to break down basic ski strokes. If you’d like to learn more, contact our coaching staff at [email protected].
We also have a list of games and activities for our volunteers to take advantage of.