Lappe Children's Programs - Ages 3-14

Children's Group Programs


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Jackrabbits is Canada's cross-country ski program for kids and focuses on fun skill development through exploration, games and discovery activities. Sessions are 60-90 min long in small groups that includes instruction and games through which skiers will learn classic and skate skiing techniques. Additional experiences like ski touring and racing enhance skiers enjoyment and engagement in skiing and healthy physical activity. The Jackrabbit program has the 'active start' Bunnies program for the smallest ones which requires adult accompaniment, and then four additional levels with skiers first learning classic skiing and in Level 3 beginning skate skiing. Option for skiers to enrol in the once per week program or twice per week for skiers in levels 3 and 4.

Jackrabbit Group Level

Registered jackrabbits will be placed into groups by the Jackrabbit Program Coordinator with the intent to roughly match skill levels, interests and friendships of the members. A group may have a range of abilities and interests. Sometimes adjustments in the grouping of jackrabbits occurs. Please speak to the Jackrabbit Program Coordinator if there are questions or concerns.


All club coaches, other than the Head Coach are volunteers with training and certification. These coaches are responsible for communicating with families and leading sessions. The group’s coach will send out a weekly email communication on to notify group members of a basic plan for the next session. Coaches typically wear an orange arm band and/or some can be identified with black jackets with Lappe Ski Club logo.

Parent Assistance – During the session

Parents are welcomed and needed to support sessions for all youth, and adult accompaniment is required for ages 7 and under. Parents often become our next generation of coaches and assistant coaches. During sessions, parents can: help ski with slower or faster skiers; return a skier to the chalet to warm up and back to the group; support with equipment, activity props and waxing needs for the members. Parents who ski with children during the session are required to purchase a ski pass from the Lappe Ski Centre (daily or season). Parents of children under 7 who walk/shuffle beside their child are not required to purchase a trail pass. 


Each club member enrolled in a program is required to commit to a bond at the time of registering.  Jackrabbit members (or members of their immediate family) as well as any member in a 1 / week program commit to  2 volunteer credits (or $100 volunteer bond).

Three exceptions to the requirement of committing to a bond are as follows:

  1. Individuals registered as “Friends of the Club”.
  2. Any new members who are joining the club for their first time.  
  3. A member who is registered as a Bunny, Jackrabbit Level 1, or Jackrabbit Level 2.

Find the full details for the Volunteer Policy here.

Equipment and Clothing

Parents/guardians provide equipment for participants. Some skis, boots and poles may be available to rent from the ski club for program participants on a first come, first served basis. All children will begin with classic ski equipment and transition to skate technique as skills progress. (Note: “classic” skis are for use in ski tracks for striding, whereas “skate” equipment is for use on the flattened portion of the trail, beside the track, where skier pushes with the feet in “V” pattern.)

Always dress in layers to help adjust for activity levels and be prepared for all weather.  Clothing items include: neck tubes/buffs; warm toque, well-insulated mittens and winter (not cotton) socks with extras for after the session. Avoid rubberized, non-breathable fabrics.

Severe Weather protocol- Cancellation/Delay of Session

Projected temperature, wind and other weather-related elements may result in a delay or cancellation of a session. Delay or cancellation decisions are made in collaboration with the Club Program Manager, Head Coach and Program Coordinators. A delay from 11am to 1 pm will often allow the sun to warm the air to above -20 ‘C.  Communication of delays or cancellations will be by email at least 2 hours prior to the session.

Bring a Friend

Participants may bring a friend to a session with prior notice to the Coordinator and/ or Coach. A signed Cross Country Canada informed consent form is required by the friend’s parent or guardian and provided to the Coordinator prior to the activity. The friend is responsible for their ski trail pass and equipment. Some ski equipment may be available for loan from the Jackrabbit Cupboard.

Note* It is very important to provide accessible email contact information during registration. 


Programs or registration, please contact Program Manager Rena Viehbeck

Jackrabbits, please contact Jackrabbit Program Coordinator Brook Latimer 

Kids Running Wild, please contact KRW Coordinator Katherine Hall