Sign up deadline is January 6, 2018
Coaches Needed: Free Training Available
The Rabbit and Ski Skool Program is in desperate need of coaches for the 2017-18 ski season. Please consider taking the coaching courses we are offering and volunteering to help coach in a fun and dynamic environment. The Club will cover the fees for club members who volunteer to coach this season.
Coaching courses will be held in Smithers during November 2017. Find out more.
Overview of the Rabbits Program
The Rabbits Ski Program is open to children 4 through 10 years of age. There are appoximately 10 sessions from January to March. Lessons are held on Saturdays at 1:30 pm, plus one night ski and the Wetzinkwa Loppet. Class length is 45 minutes to 1½ hours depending on the age of the group.
The emphasis of this program is on: having fun; developing great ski technique; encouraging life-long skiers. A typical session might include: goofy warm-up games, a ski obstacle course, some technical instruction, a fun ski with the group, possibly ending with a brief soccer game on skis! Each session closes with hot chocolate and a snack in the lodge.
Children are grouped according to age and ability. Each group has a leader, an assistant and a parent helper.
Our Rabbit program relies on volunteer participation. We ask that one parent volunteer in some capacity with the club, whether it be instructing, parent -helper, serving hot chocolate, phoning, or taking photos. Before registering your child, be sure to review the information on volunteer duties for Bunnies / Rabbits or for Extended Rabbits.
The Club offers excellent training for parent volunteer instructors organized through the Cross Country BC (CCBC) Community Coaching Program. You don’t have to be an expert skier, just willing to take one or both of the CCBC courses and, of course have fun with kids!
Sessions are canceled when the temperature is below -15° C. at the BV Nordic Centre. If it is questionable (around -15°) your leader will call or you can call them.
Also, be sure to check our Rabbit Notice Board downstairs in the lodge for updated information.
Bunny Rabbits (Age 4 & 5)
Designed to introduce young children to the sport of cross country skiing and the healthy lifestyle that goes along with it. The focus is on balance and learning basic skills through short play sessions on skis. Parental involvement is required.
Rabbits (Age 6 - 10)
A four-level progression through the basics of cross country skiing. Skiers can join at any age and are grouped according to ability. The focus is on balance, agility and rhythm over a variety of terrain. Games and drills are used to reinforce the concept being taught. Night skiing, team relays and special activities add to the fun. Parental involvement is required.
Extended Rabbits (Age 7 - 9)
An option for children who want to ski more than once a week, over a longer season in order to improve more quickly. Extended Rabbits run 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturdays and also meet Thursdays 3:30 to 5 pm and on Saturdays in December from 10:30 to noon. Again, skiers can join at any age, are grouped according to ability and advance through the four-level Rabbit program.
The focus is on learning balance, agility and rhythm over a variety of terrain. Beginning with fun, age-appropriate fitness activities in the fall, skiers get on snow as early as possible in the season. Ski skills are taught through games, drills, team relays and special activities.
"Extendos" usually have two practices a week starting in early December.