Rabbit (SDP)

The Rabbit Skill Development Program (SDP) is part of the Skill Development Program from Cross Country Canada and Sport Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD), designed to encourage lifelong participation in sport while developing all participants to their full potential.

The Bunny Rabbit (Active Start) program for children 4-5 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 Jack Rabbit (FUNdamentals) program for children 6–9 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 Jack Rabbit Plus (FUNdamentals) program (New this season!) for children 6-9 aims to get those skiers wanting more than one session per weekend, on the snow more often! Children are assigned to two Jack Rabbit groups, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, with different coaches and group participants. A great opportunity to learn from different coaches, meet even more like minded friends and double your FUN! 


The Rabbit SDPs begin the weekend of January 13/14, 2018.  When you register, you can choose either the Saturday or Sunday sessions. All programs run from 10am to 12pm for 10 weeks and culminate in a combined session event in mid-March – the exciting Rabbit Tournament!

Membership and program registration opens on October 1 on Zone4.

Registration for Rabbits closes on January 12. Late fees apply after January 6. 

Rentals and trail passes are NOT included in the program fees.

See Preparing for the Season for information on Mount Washington rental packages and trail passes. See Programs for dates, fees and more.

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 ensuring confirmation of this with your child’s coach. 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, eye protection, 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 31 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!

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