Registration Is Closed
- Age group: 1st-4th grade
- Goal: Improve skier technique through instruction and games.
- Contact: Callie Baker
Starting Dec 27th -- note the first practice, on Tuesday 12/27, will be at 10am
Meeting twice weekly (Tues afternoon @3:45 & Sat mornings @10am).
Skiers must be in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade. Skiers will be in peer groups based on age and ability. They do not need to have prior experience. In rare circumstances we’ll have a skier who doesn’t have any peers at their ability level, and we will work with you to ensure a favorable outcome.
The Jackrabbit ski program meets on Tuesdays at 3:45pm and Saturdays at 10AM. The location will vary between the three ski venues in Leavenworth: Icicle River, Ski Hill, and the Golf Course. The season goes from December 27 through February 14th, snow permitting. The practice sessions are somewhat dependent on snow conditions. Sometimes sessions are cancelled due to poor conditions, and conditions can suddenly change. Racing is optional.
We primarily communicate via email. Weekly program updates are sent out on Sunday night, so you can read your email on Monday morning to find out if they are skiing on skate or classical gear and which venue to meet at.
There is an online signup sheet associated with the registration, and we require each family to sign up for 2-4 hours of team help, depending on how many kids they have in the team. We sincerely appreciate your help!
Jackrabbit skiers need two gear setups: one is called waxless classical and the other is skate. Waxless classical skis are used in the track and they have a fish scale pattern on the base that can grip the snow. Skate skis are different because they have a smooth bottom, which just glides. Skate skis are usually a little shorter than classical skis.
Their ski poles need to be Nordic track ski poles (not alpine). When classical skiing, the skier’s poles should be long enough to fit snugly in their armpits, and when skate skiing, their pole length should be about chin-high. For really young kids, there may only be a small difference in classical and skate pole length, so many families opt to have them learn to skate on classical length poles. That’s usually okay, but do try to get a separate pair of poles for classical and skate, because a few centimeters can make a big difference when you are little.
They must also have cross-country ski boots, made for track skiing. Please make sure their boots work with the ski bindings, because there are two kinds of binding: NNN and SNS. Most Jackrabbit skiers will use a ‘combi’ boot, which is made to do classical and skate. That way they only need 1 pair of boots. The coach will tell you if your skier’s gear is not fitting well, but we’d prefer you get it checked out by a local sport shop before ski practice.
The local sport shops can help you: Arlberg Sports Haus, Leavenworth Mountain Sports and Der Sportsmann. There are other sports shops and also the internet. During the winter, it will be difficult to find gear that is in stock, and it will be even more difficult to find a season’s rental. We recommend that you take your skier to a store early in the fall. Arlberg Sports Haus, LMS and Der Sportsmann will order gear for our team members at a discount, but only if they place those orders well before ski season. The best advice we can give you is to shop early!