Northwestel Jackrabbit/Bunny Program



Next Bunny/JackRabbit session will happen on:

Ski Technique: 
Wax suggested: 

Bunny & Jackrabbit programs are done for the season. Thanks a lot to everybody who participated and helped with it.


Info: Any question, please email me at ben.xcskiwhitehorse@gmail.com. Thanks. Ben












Bunny Program

The Bunny Program is the first level of the Active Start stage of development (children 5 years of age and younger). It has been developed in parallel with the first level of the competency-based National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), which now provides coaching materials specific to the needs of this age group. The objective of the program is to introduce cross-country skiing and the healthy lifestyle associated with it through organized activity and active play. In addition, the program is designed to help children develop a positive self-image, be fun, provide children with the opportunity to make ski-friends, develop fundamental movement skills, help children develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural environment.

Jackrabbit Program

The Jackrabbit Program is designed for the “FUNdamentals” stage of development (children 6-8years of age). This is the second level of the skill development program. It has been developed in parallel with the second level of the competency-based NCCP, which provides coaching materials specific to the needs of skiers this age. The objective is for children to learn basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating) and to instill a lifelong interest in the sport, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health.  We have added a new Jackrabbit session for this season.  Registrants are welcome to participate in one or both of the sessions.  This earlier session starting in November is possible because of the new snowmaking machine, which will make snow possible earlier in the season.  

Goals of this program:

  • Encourage FUN and participation
  • Develop ABC’s: Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed
  • Frequent cross-country skiing during the season
  • Good technique habits developed through repeated practice using the Jackrabbit program awards
  • Utilize games and ski playgrounds to develop technique, speed skills and fitness
  • Develop a team/social atmosphere
  • Introduce competition in a team environment whenever possible

If you would like to rent equipment for your child for the Jackrabbit Season please visit us at the Ski Club before the start date of your program, so we can measure your child for their proper size of boots, skis and poles.  Seasonal rentals for Jackrabbits are $75


Jackrabbit and Bunny Schedule:

If you have a child age 5-8 you may choose to register in one  of the following sessions:

All Season Jackrabbit.  This all-season option is open to Jackrabbits Only: November 20 2018-March 5 2019

  • Tuesdays: 3:30-5: 00 pm (meet in the Grey Mountain Room) 

Winter Only Session: January 8, 2019-March 10, 2019

  • Sundays: 1:00 - 2:30 pm (meet in the Grey Mountain Room) Snack will be served from 2:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Tuesdays: 3:30 - 5:00 pm (meet in the Grey Mountain Room) Snack will be served between 3:30 - 4:00 pm


The Jackrabbit and Bunnies program cannot function without volunteers.  We will be looking for volunteers as coaches and helpers, as well as snack parents.  You do not have to be a professional skiier or coach to be a part of this program.  If you can put on skis, and love cross country skiing, you can coach.  All coaches will take a coaching course, and go over lesson plans and ideas.  All volunteers are guaranteed a spot for their child in the Jackrabbits/Bunny program.  Please email info.xcskiwhitehorse@gmail.com to volunteer .


Age Group: Ages 4 to 8

Date: ALL WINTER SESSION: Tuesdays. Jackrabbit only. WINTER SESSION: Jackrabbit and Bunny. Jan-Mar 2019

Fee: All Winter Session: $150. Winter Session: $75.00

Important Information

WCCSC membership required - $32/children under 6, $70/6 yrs or older (if purchased before November 1), $75/6 yrs or older (if purchased November 1 or later). Ski package rentals are available for $75 for JR/B Program only or $100 for unlimited use at Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club. CAN'T AFFORD THE PROGRAM? Here are a couple of options for financial assistance. KRF - Kid's Rec Fund is administered through Sport Yukon. Funding can be used for club membership, season rental for ski equipment and program fees. Jumpstart - Canadian Tire provides funding for children to participate in cross country skiing. Funding can be used for rentals, membership and program fees.