Youth Programs

All participants in youth programs must be General Members.


WRNSC teaches children and youth to ski, and also introduces them to training and racing in a fun environment. We deliver instruction in accordance with Cross Country Canada’s programs: Bunnyrabbits, Jackrabbits and Track Attack. Most instruction sessions are held at Bechtel Park, Waterloo (Bridge Street and University). We offer lessons for an 8 week period, starting the first week of January. All sessions are weather and snow-dependent. All youth instructional skiers are invited to take part in our club-sponsored Orion races. Orion race fees are included in the youth program costs.

It is important that children ski on modern ski equipment. WRNSC has a pool of ski equipment, and we offer ski fitting and rental events.

All ages that are mentioned below are as of January 1 of the upcoming ski year. Skiers are requested to register in their age group; we will place them in instruction groups depending upon their ski abilities.

Costs are listed on the Pricing page.

jackrabbitBunnyrabbits is a First Steps program for children aged 4 and 5. Children learn to move and have fun on skis. When they complete the Bunnyrabbit program, children can move confidently on the flat, and can move both uphill and downhill. The Bunnyrabbit program operates on Sundays at 1:30 until 3pm, and on Tuesdays at 6:30 until 7:30pm.

Jackrabbits is a FUNdamentals program which is for children aged 6 through 8. This program teaches children both techniques of cross-country skiing (classic and skate). We organize skiers into teaching groups,z and we do our best to assign skiers of similar age and ability to the same teaching group. Jackrabbit skiers need to have a pair of classics skis, a set of poles, and a set of classic or combi boots. Jackrabbit lessons are also offered on Sundays from 1:30 until 3pm, and on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 until 7:30pm.

Track Attack is a Learn-to-Train program which is for children aged 9 and older. We offer three separate streams for skiers aged 9 and older: Basic, Developmental and Racing.

magicrabbitTA Basic: The Learn-to-ski/Basic stream follows Levels 1 and 2 of the Jackrabbits program. This stream teaches the skiers to move confidently on snow, and teaches them classic ski technique. Instruction is provided on Sunday afternoons from 1:30 until 3pm and Tuesday evening from 6:30 until 7:30pm. Skiers in this stream may actually receive instruction with some older Jackrabbit-aged skiers, depending upon registration numbers. Learn-to-ski/Basic skiers need a set of classic skis, a set of poles and a pair of classic boots.

TA Development: Skiers aged 9 and older who have completed Jackrabbit Level 2 or higher and who wish to improve their skiing ability can register for our Developmental stream (Magic Rabbits). In this stream, we work to improve both the skiing ability and fitness of the skiers. We instruct both classic and skate techniques. We encourage skiers to enter our local Orion races, and we encourage them to enter races at nearby clubs, but the goal of the program is to produce fit, confident recreational skiers who can move to racing when and if they wish to. Instruction is provided on Sunday from 1:30 until 3pm, on Tuesday from 6:15 until 7:45pm, and on Thursday from 6:15 until 7:45pm. Depending upon snow conditions, some sessions may be offered in other ski venues around the region. Development skiers need, at minimum, a set of waxable classic skis, a pair of combi boots, and a pair of poles.

TA Racing: The Training-and-Racing program delivers the full Track Attack program, including competing at regional races. The program is open to strong skiers 9 and older who wish to work on fitness, and on ski efficiency, and who are willing to participate in dry-land training and an early-season snow camp at Highlands, and are prepared to race as a team at 3 regional events. Instruction will be offered on Sundays from 1:30 until 3pm, on Tuesdays from 6:15 until 7:45, and on Thursdays from 6:15 until 7:45. Depending upon snow conditions, some sessions may be offered in other ski venues around the region. Racers are expected to have a full set of classic equipment (boots, skis and poles), plus a set of skate equipment (boots, skis and poles).