Please go to Zone4 and complete the registration form online for Jackrabbits or Bunnyrabbits Cross Country Ski Lessons.  Registrations are taken on an ongoing basis on Zone4.  Visit the link www.zone4.ca  and type in Hinton if the previous links don’t show up.  When the options show up, follow the Membership and Programs option to purchase the appropriate membership, and pay program and equipment rental fees (now easier for you as it’s all on one form!).

If you have further questions or wish to volunteer as a coach, please contact Jayden Madsen                          (780-817-4316 or madsenjayden@gmail.com).

Equipment is available to rent for both children in the rabbits program AND their parents. This allows families to try skiing without having the front a significant amount of money on the purchase of skis. The rental cost is for the full season.  See Registration & Fees for rental details.

Jackrabbits (6-9 yrs)

Skiing with a few dedicated parents on skis accompanying smaller groups of similarly skilled Jackrabbits will be on Saturdays from January 18, 2020 until end of snow (usually mid to late April) between 12pm and 2pm.  We are always looking for coaches for this age group, so if you have some prior ski skills with stride, snowplowing and poles you’d like to share with the kids, please contact Jayden (780-817-4316).

Bunnyrabbits (walking-5 yrs)

This program, geared towards the youngest crowd, encourages fundamental skills for movement on skis and will be running Saturdays from January 18, 2020 until end of snow (usually mid to late April) between 12pm and 2 pm with a certified coach.  A parent on skis with child is required (and you’ll learn to ski too!). If you, as a parent, need skis, we have those available for rent.

The Terrain Park

It needs some more snow, and then some brave skiers with excellent “Ready Position” to get on it and set a track to help pack it down. You’ll find the bumps on the very bottom hill at the bottom of the “S-turns” on the extreme right hand side. Other features on the terrain park will be set up on Saturdays as the kids advance to higher skill levels.  Have fun!

Questions? please contact Jayden (780-817-4316 or madsenjayden@gmail.com).

Hinton Jackrabbit Information

Schedule: Typically, Jackrabbit and Bunnyrabbit Lessons are on Saturday’s from 12:00pm-2:00 pm. There will be approximately 12-14 sessions, weather permitting, during the Jackrabbit/Bunnyrabbit ski season.

Location: Lessons will start at the Hinton Nordic Centre Lower Chalet, unless notified of other locations for special events. Plan to leave Hinton 45 minutes before lesson start time, so that you have enough time to get ready before the session starts.

Concession: Jackrabbit parents are asked to help out with our biathlon race concession. This year our race is on January 11/12, 2020, before our ski lessons start, so we will be in contact with those who register before the beginning of our season. We’re asking for a two-hour shift.

Communications: Emails will go out for any notifications that come up during the season, such as changes to the schedule, upcoming events, or reminder’s about special activities. You may also receive a phone call or text for any last minute changes.

Cancellation Policy: We want to make being being outdoors a pleasant experience for everyone, but with it being winter, it’s often cold. Expect that it’s going to be cold outside, so please dress according to the weather with lots of layers so that you and your child can be comfortable. It is quite common for temperature inversions to occur between Hinton and the Nordic Centre (i.e. warmer there than in Hinton). If at the Nordic Centre, the temperature is colder than -18°C at 11:00am, lessons will be cancelled; it just won’t be fun for the children. We have a webcam with thermometer accessible from the Hinton Nordic Website to verify conditions before you leave town.  Notice of absence to your coach/coordinator is greatly appreciated, so we don’t worry/wait for you.

Parking Lot: Please back in to your parking stall. At the end of Jackrabbits, it is safer to exit with good visibility. It is also preferable positioning in the event that you need a boost or tow. For safety reasons there is absolutely no skiing or sliding allowed in the parking lot.

Clothing: Warm, dry clothing with extra mittens, socks, and a jacket for after skiing should be brought for each skier. A warm toque/hat and mittens with a nylon outer layer are essential, and must be worn at all times. Have extra clothing in a pack or bag for different weather conditions. It is always best to dress in many thin layers of clothing, rather than one heavy layer, with a non-cotton layer closest to skin, if possible.

Wax Kit: For those not on waxless skis: Start with a few different colors and build up as you find a need for more waxes. A starter kit could include Special Violet, Special Green, and Blue Extra, a scraper, and a synthetic cork. By adding special red (for above 0°C) you can cover about 95% of the average conditions. Please have a child’s skis waxed before the Jackrabbit session starts.