Jackrabbits

Program

The Jackrabbit Program is designed for the “FUNdamentals” stage of development and encouraging FUN and participation. At this stage of development, the basic motor skills are developed which establish a foundation for participation in sports or physical life-activities. For Nordic skiing, these skills can be summarized as Agility, Balance, and Coordination (ABC’s). Movement skills are essential to developing sport skills, for example without balance a skier cannot properly glide in classic or skating. This is a prime window of opportunity for developing movement skills. Jackrabbits set a foundation that allows skiers to progress into either Adventure or Racing programs including Biathlon.

Important Information

  • Program lengths have been shortened due to COVID-19 protocols. Please see Highlands Nordic Covid protocols.
  • Leaders may request you assist your child during the program.
  • Programs will not be running on the family day weekend.

Note: Highlands Nordic is separate from the Highlands Trailblazers, although they work closely together. For information on seasons passes, trail passes, seasonal leases, rentals and ProShop please visit www.highlandsnordic.ca.


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Chipmunks (Age 4)

Program

This non-competitive group was developed for children interested in learning how to ski.

The children are introduced to basic ski techniques. Chipmunks provides an “Active Start’ experience (see Nordiq Canada LTAD). Throughout the season, children will participate in games which enhance various attributes needed to ski well with on-snow drills and activities, and lots of skiing! The object is to learn while having fun.

Our basic belief is T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More). We start and finish our practices together, so everyone needs to be ready to be active when practice starts.

Schedule

8 weeks of 1 hour lessons starting in early January on either Saturday or Sunday

Athlete Program & Equipment Requirements

Access to Classic skis and boots (owned or leased)

Fees (Please review Athlete Equipment Requirements)

$185.00 (Price increases by $25 on Nov 17) covers Trail Fee during program time.
Not included in program fee:
Season trail pass 

Note:

Children at this level should be involved in other activities as well as skiing so they can develop as competent athletes. By the end of the Chipmunk program, they should be physically literate with the active start sport skills of: falling and rising, side-step, and star turn. See Canadian Sport for Life/Long Term Athlete Development for details and reference material. 

Overall objectives/goals

After completing Chipmunks, the skier will have rudimentary ski technique in classic technique and be excited about learning more next year.

 

Bunny Rabbits (Ages 5 And 6)

Program

This non-competitive group was developed for children interested in learning how to ski.

The children are introduced to basic ski techniques. Bunnies provides an “Active Start’ experience (see Nordiq Canada). Throughout the season, children will participate in games which enhance various attributes needed to ski well with on-snow drills and activities, and lots of skiing! The object is to learn while having fun.

Completion of Chipmunk’s is not necessarily required.

Our basic belief is T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More). We start and finish our practices together, so everyone needs to be ready to be active when practice starts.

Schedule

8 weeks of 1 hour lessons starting in early January on either Saturday or Sunday

Athlete Program & Equipment Requirements

Access to Classic skis and boots (owned or leased)


Fees (Please review Athlete Equipment Requirements)

$185.00 (Price increases by $25 on Nov 17) covers Trail Fee during program time.
Not included in program fee: Season trail pass 

Note:

Children at this level should be involved in other activities as well as skiing so they can develop as competent athletes. By the end of the Bunnies program, they should be physically literate with the active start sport skills of: falling and rising, side-step, star turn, diagonal stride, and herringbone. See Canadian Sport for Life/Long Term Athlete Development for details and reference material. 

Overall objectives/goals

After completing Bunnies, the skier will have rudimentary ski technique in classic technique and be excited about learning more next year.

 

Penguins (Ages 6-7) (Level 1)

Program

This group was developed to teach children the skills to participate in skiing as a life-long activity in a fun and social setting.

The children are introduced to basic ski techniques. Penguins provide a “FUNdamental Start’ experience (see Nordiq Canada LTAD). Throughout the season, children will participate in games which enhance various attributes needed to ski well with on-snow drills and activities, and lots of skiing! The object is to learn while having fun.

Completion of Chipmunk’s and/or Bunnies is not necessarily required.

Our basic belief is T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More). We start and finish our practices together, so everyone needs to be ready to be active when practice starts.

Schedule

8 weeks of 1.5 hour lessons starting in early January on either Saturday or Sunday

Athlete Program & Equipment Requirements

Access to Classic skis and boots (owned or leased)

Fees (Please review Athlete Equipment Requirements)

$200.00* (Price increases by $25 on Nov 17) covers Trail Fee during program time.
Not included in program fee:
Season trail pass 

Note:

Children at this level should be involved in other activities as well as skiing so they can develop as competent athletes. By the end of the Penguin program, they should be physically literate with the FUNdamental sport skills of: ready position, falling and rising, side-stepping, star turn, diagonal stride, free glide, and snowplow braking. See Canadian Sport for Life/Long Term Athlete Development for details and reference material. 

Overall objectives/goals

After completing Penguins, the skier will have rudimentary ski technique in classic technique and be excited about learning more next year.

 

Snowshoe Hares (Level 2)

Ages: 7-8 skill level to be assessed

Program

This group was developed to teach children the skills to participate in skiing as a life-long activity in a fun and social setting.

The children are introduced to basic ski techniques. Snowshoe Hares provides a “FUNdamental Start’ experience (see Nordiq Canada LTAD). Throughout the season, children will participate in games which enhance various attributes needed to ski well with on-snow drills and activities, and lots of skiing! The object is to learn while having fun.

Completion of Penguins is not necessarily required if the athlete is able to demonstrate appropriate level of ski proficiency.

Our basic belief is T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More). We start and finish our practices together, so everyone needs to be ready to be active when practice starts.

Schedule

8 weeks of 1.5 hour lessons starting in early January on either Saturday or Sunday

Athlete Program & Equipment Requirements

Access to Classic skis and boots (owned or leased)

Fees (Please review Athlete Equipment Requirements)

$200.00* (Price increases by $25 on Nov 17) covers Trail Fee during program time.
Not included in program fee: Season trail pass 

Note:

Children at this level should be involved in other activities as well as skiing so they can develop as competent athletes. By the end of the Snowshoe Hares program, they should be physically literate with the FUNdamental sport skills of: herringbone, diagonal stride, double poling, free glide, kick turn, snowplow stop, and snowplow turn. See Canadian Sport for Life/Long Term Athlete Development for details and reference material. 

Overall objectives/goals

After completing Snowshoe Hares, the skier will have a solid ski technique in classic technique and be excited about learning more next year.


 

Caribou (Level 3)

Ages: 8-9 skill level to be assessed

Program

This group was developed to teach children the skills to participate in skiing as a life-long activity in a fun and social setting.

The children are introduced to basic classic and skate ski techniques. Caribou provides a “FUNdamental Start’ experience (see Nordiq Canada). Throughout the season, children will participate in games which enhance various attributes needed to ski well with on-snow drills and activities, and lots of skiing! The object is to learn while having fun.

Completion of Snowshoe Hares is required.

Our basic belief is T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More). We start and finish our practices together, so everyone needs to be ready to be active when practice starts.

Schedule

12 weeks of 2 hour lessons starting in early December on either Saturday or Sunday

Athlete Program & Equipment Requirements

  • Access to Classic skis and boots (owned or leased)
  • Access to Skate skis and boots (owned or leased)
  • Poles for each discipline. Length determined by coach

Fees (Please review Athlete Equipment Requirements)

$220.00* (Price increases by $25 on Nov 17) covers Trail Fee during program time.
Not included in program fee:
Season trail pass 

Note:

Children at this level should be involved in other activities as well as skiing so they can develop as competent athletes. By the end of the Caribou program, they should be physically literate with the FUNdamental sport skills of: diagonal stride, double poling, one-step double poling, free skate, downhill tuck, diagonal skate, kick turn, and step turn. See Canadian Sport for Life/Long Term Athlete Development for details and reference material. 

Overall objectives/goals

After completing Caribou, the skier will have a solid ski technique in classic technique, a rudimentary ski technique in skate technique, and be excited about learning more next year.

 


Muskox (Level 4)

Ages: 9-10 skill level to be assessed

Program

This group was developed to teach children the skills to participate in skiing as a life-long activity in a fun and social setting. Muskox is designed to prepare athletes for future competitive options within Trailblazers as well as Winter Adventure, Recreational Program and Skiing For Life.

The children are introduced to basic classic and skate ski techniques. Muskox provides a “FUNdamental Start’ experience (see Nordiq Canada). Throughout the season, children will participate in games which enhance various attributes needed to ski well with on-snow drills and activities, and lots of skiing! The object is to learn while having fun.

Completion of Caribou is required.

Our basic belief is T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More). We start and finish our practices together, so everyone needs to be ready to be active when practice starts.

Schedule

12 weeks of 2 hour lessons starting in early December on either Saturday or Sunday

Athlete Program & Equipment Requirements

  • Access to Classic skis and boots (owned or leased)
  • Access to Skate skis and boots (owned or leased)
  • Poles for each discipline. Length determined by coach

Fees (Please review Athlete Equipment Requirements)

$220.00* (Price increases by $25 on Nov 17) covers Trail Fee during program time.
Not included in program fee: Season trail pass 

Note:

Children at this level should be involved in other activities as well as skiing so they can develop as competent athletes. By the end of the Muskox program, they should be physically literate with FUNdamental movement and sport skills of: one-step double poling, free skate, one skate, two skate, step turn, parallel side slipping, and offset. See Canadian Sport for Life/Long Term Athlete Development for details and reference material. 

Overall objectives/goals

After completing Muskox, the skier will have a solid ski technique in classic and skate techniques, and be excited about learning more next year, in programs such as Jr. Devo, or Track Attack.