Assiniboine Park Jackrabbits
Jackrabbits is a cross-country ski program centered around the teaching and enjoyment of skiing for kids. The program and progressions originated in Winnipeg in the 1970s under the guidance of Gord Konantz. The program got its name from the great Canadian ski pioneer Herman “Jackrabbit” Johannsen. Cross Country Canada saw the potential of what was going on in Winnipeg and adopted it as their national youth development program with great results. It works and it’s a lot of fun. Assiniboine Park is actually the place where it all began!
WHO: ages 5+
WHEN: Sundays 1:30–3:00 p.m. (November to March)
WHERE: Assiniboine Park Duck Pond Shelter (see further info under “Where do we Ski?”)
COST: $50 per Rabbit ($12/skier for 3rd + child)
WHAT: Membership covers after-ski snacks, materials, and insurance. You must supply your own ski equipment (and trail passes if and where required).
APJ is also a member of Biathlon Manitoba, meaning we have several skiers and families that actively participate in biathlon events (ski and shoot races). Please visit the Biathlon Manitoba site for more information on their events and programs or have a chat with the coaches
Bunnyrabbits, Jackrabbits, and Track Attack kids will learn to cross-country ski through fun exercises and games such as:
- Downhill skills
- Skiing in tracks and skate-skiing (free-style)
DEFINITIONS OF OUR RABBITS:
Bunnyrabbits are new/beginner skiers and usually the youngest-aged ones in our group. Bunnyrabbits are learning an enormous variety of skills simultaneously and need plenty of help being picked up from the snow! It is highly advised that parents take an active role with their child in the Bunnyrabbit group.
Jackrabbits are those skiers who are more comfortable skiing on their own without aid. They are still learning a variety of new skills but are able to go longer distances than the Bunnyrabbits, and may be more interested in trying some races at this stage. They may also begin to learn skate-skiing (freestyle).
Track Attack-ers are the kids in the group who are able to ski long distances, participate in races, and learn skate-skiing (freestyle). This group is offered an extra practice time of Thursday evenings, in addition to Sunday afternoons.
Please visit the Registration link in the menu.