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Tha Jackrabbit Program

The Jackrabbit Program is designed to introduce children aged 5 to 12 years to the sport of cross-country skiing.  In this program, the focus is on having fun, participating, and developing skills!  The program provides an opportunity for kids to learn at their own pace.​


  • Skis: Waxless skis are preferred.  The skis should be around the same height as the skier.

  • Poles: no poles for bunnies!  They need to work on balance before adding poles.

Levels 1 and 2

  • Skis: Waxable or waxless.

  • Poles: Introduced in Level 2.  The poles should reach up to the skier's underarm.

Level 3

  • Skis: Skate equipment is not yet required. Skiers can be introduced to skate skiing with classic skis.

  • When skate skiing, the skier should remove all grip wax from the kick zone and add glide to the entire length of the skis.

  • For classic technique sessions, place grip wax in the kick zone.

Level 4

  • Skis: In level 4, it is best to have skate ski equipment for skiers in addition to classic ski equipment.

  • Poles: Both skate and classic lenths. Skate poles should come to the child’s chin.

Where to Purchase Equipment

Retailers in the Edmonton area that sell ski equipment include:

  • Fast Trax

  • Campers’ Village

  • Mountain Equipment Co-op

  • Pedalhead Bicycle Works

  • Totem Outfitters (used equipment may be available)

  • Track ‘n Trail

Ask if the retailer will give a discount with your nordic membership!

Jackrabbit Ski Rental Program

Ski equipment may be rented through our rental program!

Jackrabbit Times

2022-2023 Season​

Sunday afternoons, from 3 to 4 at Landing Trail School.

Weather permitting, there will be 7 lessons in the season.


Bunnies: $35 for the 2022/23 season. Requires a family membership to Athabasca Nordic,

Levels 1-4: $35 for the 2022/23 season. Requires membership to Athabasca Nordic.

All participants in ENSC programs must be members of Cross Country Canada and Cross Country Alberta. This is an insurance and liability requirement. These fees are not refunded by Athabasca Nordic in the case of a withdrawal of registration or cancellation of a program.

register here!

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