Jackrabbits – Winter 2025

For kids born 2013-19. This nationally supported program promotes the fundamental development of ski skills in a fun-filled environment. The objective is for children to learn basic cross-country ski skills – both classic (first) and skating, and to foster a lifelong interest in the sport, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health. Many special event nights are included throughout the program. Parents can choose from a number of volunteer opportunities to help the program run smoothly.

The program runs on Tuesday evenings from December to March 2025.

BUNNIES: For kids born in 2020, there’s an option to come out and ski with a parent together with other kids their age. It’s not an official coached program, but we arrange a meeting point and access to games and equipment.

BIATHLON ADD-ON: It is possible to add a Biathlon Polar Bears registration to your Jackrabbit program. This is for kids born in 2014 and 2015.
BLOCK 1: Jan 10th – Jan 31st
BLOCK 2: Feb 7th – Feb 28th
TIMES: Fridays 4:45pm to 6:00pm at the Canmore Nordic Centre
$105 per block (4 sessions)
LIMITED SPACE: 15 athletes per block.

We are using Eco Aim rifles, these are laser rifles with great accuracy, read more at https://www.ecoaims.com. This is a great way for kids to try out biathlon.

HARES PROGRAM: Want to learn how to cross-country ski too? This program is aimed at Jackrabbit parents who are new to the sport, or who may have done just a little skiing. This course will teach you the fundamentals of skiing and give you the skills to enjoy yourself on the easier trails, so you can get out for a ski with your Jackrabbit! Same dates and times as Jackrabbits sessions.

INTERESTED IN A THURSDAY PROGRAM? We’re looking at the viability of adding an extra night of Jackrabbits this winter, depending on interest level and finding coaches. If you can’t make Tuesdays OR if Thursday is a better option OR if your Jackrabbit is keen for as much skiing as they can get – please fill out the form here to register your interest: JACKRABBIT THURSDAYS. If you sign up for Tuesdays and want to switch over if Thursdays run, we’ll be able to arrange that for you. Note the Thursday sessions would be 5 – 6.30pm, the same time as Track Attack – but we’ll need coaches! Would you be interested in coaching? We provide training, and it’s incredibly fun and rewarding.

NEED GEAR? Trail Sports is offering rental package deals for participants in Jackrabbits and Hares. These MUST be organized before the first day of the program.

DATES: Dec 10th to March 1st, 2025 (No sessions Dec 24th-31st, or Family Week)
TIMES: Tuesdays: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
10 sessions
$210 – 10 sessions

RESOURCE: Cross Country Canada’s Skill and Development Program for Children
CONTACT: cnscjackrabbits@canmorenordic.com
COACHING: Certified coaches from the club’s junior program.

DATES: Same as Jackrabbits
TIMES: Same as Jackrabbits.
$415 – 10 sessions

CONTACT: adultskilessons@canmorenordic.com
COACHING: Canmore Nordic Ski Club CANSI instructor


  1. Under no circumstances will abuse of any kind be tolerated.
  2. Should any problem arise with the program or instructor, please notify the program coordinator as soon as possible.
  3. The participant is responsible for all their own equipment. This needs to be acquired prior to the start of the class.
  4. Classes are cancelled when it’s too cold, around -15C – decided by program coordinator and club’s program director by 2pm. Cancellations will be notified by email and also posted on our website. We will attempt to make up those classes, but we cannot promise as this program is a volunteer led program. Refunds are not given.


100% of the program fee is due at registration.

A $50 administration fee applies to all refunds requested prior to program start. No refunds will be processed within 2-weeks of the program being due to start except for medical reasons, in which case program fees will be pro-rated. Club membership ($20), NC/NA insurance fees ($22) are non-refundable.