Jackrabbits — Cross-Country Skiing for Children

Bruce Ski Club - Jackrabbit cross-country ski program - Child skiing

Jackrabbits will be postponed during the 28-day provincial lockdown.  Updates will be shared on Bruce Ski Club webpage and on the BSC Facebook page. Should you have any questions please send them to jackrabbits@bruceskclub.ca.


In order to keep our kids and volunteers safe we have made some changes to the Jackrabbit program. Our Jackrabbit coordinators have drafted a plan which has been reviewed and approved by Public Health. Here is the point form version of the plan:

Return to Sport Jackrabbits

Please Stay at Home if You are Sick


  • This document will be made widely available to all Bruce Ski Club members
  • A safety officer will support each session to remind participants and parents of the protocols
  • Attendance of coaches, volunteers and athletes will be taken at every session to allow for contact tracing
  • All coaches, volunteers and athletes will take the self-assessment prior to attending each session https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ Coaches will be documenting that the self-assessment was taken. Stay home if you do not pass the self-assessment
  • There will be two Jackrabbit sessions 9:45 to 11:00 and 11:30 to 12:45
  • Each session will be limited to 50 athletes and 10 coaches in five separate groups
  • BSC members will be asked to avoid starting or finishing their ski at the start and finish times of Jackrabbits
  • BSC Shelter will be closed for the season. Coaches will have access to the Shelter for emergencies
  • Groups will have assigned meeting locations for the start and finish of their sessions
  • Only one parent will be allowed to assist an athlete getting their skis on at group meeting locations
  • A second entrance trail will be groomed to allow groups to be spread out
  • Self-screen posters will be at each start group meeting location
  • Participants will wear masks or face coverings when a 2 m distance cannot be maintained
  • Groups will be limited to 10 participants and 2 coaches
  • Groups that need volunteer support may be temporarily divided to keep numbers low
  • Only one parent or volunteer is allowed to support an athlete on the trail
  • Athletes in Bunnies must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of the season or until the coach confirms that it is not necessary
  • Mask and face shield must be worn when helping an athlete that is not in your social bubble
  • Participants will not be allowed to share items (poles, balls, snacks, etc.)
  • If a skier becomes sick during Jackrabbits they will immediately removed from their group. The Safety Officer will contact parents and ask them to pick up their child promptly
  • Parents are asked not to congregate at the Sawmill Ski Trails
  • Coaches will be informed about No Touch Games
  • Refund Policy – There will be a 100% refund if Jackrabbit program is cancelled because of Covid-19 before January 1, 2021. There will be a 50% refund if cancelled because of Covid-19 restrictions before February 1, 2021. There will be no refunds after February 1, 2021.
  • Some of you may have forgotten the first point. It was, “Keep Skiing Fun!”

The Jackrabbit cross-country skiing program is a great way for children to learn ski technique, build lifelong friendships and have fun.

The Jackrabbit season starts on the first Saturday in January every year.

Children, parents and coaches ski each Saturday at the Sawmill Nordic Centre in Hepworth, Ontario.

We accept children ranging in age from four to thirteen years.

The number of children we can accept into the program depends upon the number of volunteer Jackrabbit leaders we can recruit.

All registrations are to be done on the Zone4 website. In addition to registering in Jackrabbits, you must have complete the Bruce Ski Club membership application for your child or family.

Benefits of Cross-Country Skiing for Children

Cross-country skiing requires balance, coordination, fitness and enthusiasm.

The goal of the Jackrabbit program is to help children have a safe and fun outdoor experience while learning to cross-country ski.

The program information and skills taught by the leaders and assistants are supported by the Jackrabbit Program of Cross-Country Canada.

All children progress at different rates. As a skier moves up the levels, he or she may require more time to master the skills required for the higher levels, i.e. spending two seasons in level 3 or 4.

Volunteer for Jackrabbits

The Jackrabbit program is run entirely by volunteers. Our program has thrived because of the enthusiasm of our everyone who helps out.

Most of our leaders are parents of Jackrabbit skiers. Also, we are always looking for Bruce Ski Club members to volunteer with the program.

Parents often start as assistants. While some cross-country skiing ability is an asset, a majority of our skiers are between the ages of 5 and 9. So you don’t have to be an Olympic skier to volunteer as a leader.

To help you prepare for the upcoming Jackrabbit season, we offer a coaching course each year.

Parents who are interested in improving their own cross-country skiing abilities should check out the learn-to-ski events offered by the Bruce Ski Club.

Bruce Ski Club - Jackrabbit Cross-Country Ski Program for Children - Group Photo

Children who took part in the Jackrabbit cross-country ski program celebrate another successful season of skiing at Sawmill Nordic Centre in Hepworth, Ontario.