The Rabbit Skill Development Program is part of the Skill Development Program (SDP) from Cross Country Canada and Sport Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD), which is designed to encourage lifelong participation in sport while developing all participants to their full potential.
The Bunnyrabbit program is for 4-5 year olds and is designed to develop fundamental movement skills (with a focus on balance and agility), coordination, self-confidence, imagination and social skills. It encourages children to be active, grow to skillfully control their bodies, and develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural environment.
The Jackrabbit program for children 6–10 aims to help children to learn basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skate) and to instill a lifelong interest in the sport, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health. The program is designed to develop FUNdamental movement skills, build overall motor skills, confidence and social skills, and encourage fun and participation. Low-key competitions are introduced, as are inter-club social, skill, and fitness-oriented ski activities, such as the Rabbit Tournament.
The Rabbit SDPs begin in early January. When you register, you can choose either the Saturday or Sunday sessions. Both programs run from 10am to 12pm for 10 weeks and end in a combined session event in mid-March with the exciting Rabbit Tournament!
Use the links below to find more information about:
Preparing for the Season
Rabbit Volunteer Form
Volunteer Position Descriptions
Rabbit Ski Tournament
Rabbit Awards Program
Rabbits in the Coastal Cup
Membership and program registration
Registration opens in October on October 1 on Zone4:
*We’ll be updating this page soon for the 2014-15 season. 2013-14 Winter fees are:
- Membership fees are Family membership $80, Individual membership — Child $27, Adult $37, Senior $27.
- Program fees for Bunnies and Rabbits are earlybird $70/regular $105.
- The earlybird fees for program registration end on November 30.
- The regular fees for registration for Rabbit programs run from December 1 to December 31.
- NOTE: Registration for Rabbits closes on December 31.
- Also Note: Our program fees don’t include Mount Washington’s trail fees. If planning on skiing outside of Rabbit program days, consider purchasing a Nordic season’s pass from Mount Washington (note their September 30 earlybird deadline!) If you think your family will only ski on Rabbit program days, Mount Washington offers a reduced program rate trail pass to cover the 10 sessions. Look here for more details on the program pass.
Parental Responsibilities Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian until they are in their coach’s care at the beginning of each session. Please ensure there is ample time to get all equipment sorted before the session begins at 10 am. Keep in mind that other, non-Rabbit skiers may be renting equipment on weekend mornings as well.
Being punctual is for consideration of the group and allows all participants to enjoy their full two hour program. Latecomers who discover their group has left should try to locate the group. A parent or guardian should accompany the child - UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should a child be sent alone to find their group.
It is also the responsibility of the parents or guardians to pick their child up at the end of each session in front of the Raven Lodge at noon. In the event of stormy or wet weather, please expect to meet your child a bit earlier.
Please supply your children with weather appropriate clothing (mittens, hat, snow pants, raincoats, sunscreen, etc.). Staying warm and dry is essential to an enjoyable time on the snow. For safety reasons, coaches will not permit children to participate if their clothing is found insufficient for the conditions. Having proper ski equipment that fits your child well is also very important for their learning and enjoyment.
Rabbits needs you! Rabbit parents or guardians are required to volunteer to help support the Rabbits program. This wonderful program can’t run without volunteers, so please use the Rabbit Volunteer button on the sidebar from October 1 through December 30 to sign up for a position. There are many duties to choose from that fit a wide range of interests and abilities, as well as varied schedules. While the majority of opportunities are on-mountain jobs (generally requiring a one day commitment), there are some off-mountain tasks that need to be filled, and even some off season positions as well!