Mini-Adventure (age 8-9) & Adventure Rabbits (age 10-11)
The Mini-adventure program is for cross-country skiers, aged 8-9 (as of December 31 of the year in which the session starts) who want to be active, have fun and enjoy the outdoors in a non-competitive environment. The program follows a similar flow to the Adventure Rabbits program described below but adjusted slightly to address this younger 8-9 age group.
The Adventure Rabbits program is for cross-country skiers, aged 10 to 11 (as of December 31 of the year in which the session starts) who want to be active, have fun and enjoy the outdoors in a non-competitive environment.
This cross-country ski program develops technique and endurance for classic, skate and backcountry skiing disciplines.
The fall program helps build the fitness and capacity required to make the most of winter skiing. Athletes enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as trail running, biking, climbing and orienteering.
There will be one planned overnight trip during the ski season, in the Gatineau Park.
Athletes need to be in good health, have completed the JR level 3 (or equivalent) and have a sense of adventure!
This is a volunteer run club so parents are encouraged to join our sessions as assistants/helpers. It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy the great outdoors.
Come adventure with us!
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the training schedule?
Training sessions take place twice a week, typically Wednesday evenings and one morning on a weekend. For exact days and times, check our Registration page.
- Where will the sessions take place?The majority of the training sessions will take place at various locations in the Gatineau Park. All the information will be posted on the Adventure Rabbits training page.
- When can I register and what are the fees?Registration for the season begins late August or early September and is done online. The cost for the season (dryland and on-snow) is listed on the program main page. A mandatory club membership fee is charged once annually per family in addition to the registration fees.
- What level of ski ability does my child need?
It is beneficial if the young athletes have reached Level 3 in the Jack Rabbit program (or the equivalent) before joining Adventure Rabbits. Each child’s skill level will be assessed once the on-snow season starts. If your child has not reached the level 3 equivalence, we will ask for parental support on the trails while further skills are developed.
Jack Rabbit Level 3 skill requirements: Diagonal stride, Kick-turn, Downhill tuck, Skate turn, Marathon skate, One-step double-poling, Double-poling, Diagonal skate, Herringbone turn, Free skate. If you are concerned about your child’s skiing ability, please contact the coordinator.
- Do parents need to ski with their children?No, but you are more than welcome to. Often we will need to call upon parents to help out on the trail, either skiing with a slower skier(s), adding a little wax to kids’ skis, helping out with games etc.
- Does it matter if my child misses some of the sessions?No, that is not a problem. There’s always something going on! However, it makes sense if typically they are available on a Tuesday evening and a Saturday morning, as that is when the program runs. Registration numbers are limited, so we want to be sure that those who sign up intend to be active participants in the program. The more sessions they attend the more they will get out of the experience.
- Is it okay to be early or late for drop off or pick up?For safety and liability reasons we ask that a parent brings or takes their child (to or from the group) if the child in question is not able to attend the whole session.
- What equipment will my child need?Dryland: activewear, waterproof jacket, fanny pack, flashlight, running shoes
On-snow: skis, poles and boots appropriate for their height, weight and skill level. It is recommended that participants have equipment for both classic and skate skiing.We suggest you do not rush out and buy any new ski equipment, as we will discuss ski equipment during our first session.