Program Overview

Cross-country skiing is a lifelong sport suitable for people of all ages and abilities. This sport is fun, low impact, uses all of the body’s major muscle groups and develops a healthy cardiovascular system. In Canada, most children learn to cross-country ski through the Skills Development Program. The main component of this is the Jackrabbit Program, named after the legendary Hermann “Jackrabbit” Smith-Johannsen – a Norwegian immigrant that lived and skied to the tender age of 112. Many of our current Olympic stars, including Beckie Scott and Sarah Renner, got their start in their local Jackrabbit program.

The Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club ski programs consist of Cross Country Canada’s Skills Development Program for young children (starting at age 4) and recreational and racing programs for teenagers, which is based on Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. The diagram below summarizes our program structure:

Skill Development Programs

The Skills Development Program consists of three subprograms – Jackbunny, Jackrabbit (levels 1 to 4) and Track Attack.

  • Jackbunny: ages 4-5
  • Jackrabbit, levels 1 and 2 (ages 6-7) and levels 3 and 4 (ages 8-9)
  • Track Attack: ages 10-12 (9 and 13 on an individual basis)

We place children by both skill level and age. The age ranges listed above are flexible to some extent as various factors related to each child are taken into account. During the first session there is the opportunity for coaches to move the child to a more appropriate group if an incorrect placement has been made.

See our Program Guide to help you decide on the appropriate Skills Development Program for your child.

Further details on the Skills Development Program are also available.

Teen Programs

The teen programs are divided into three subgroups:

  • Adventurers: ages 13-18 — for those that enjoy skiing and perhaps want to eventually start doing some backcountry skiing
  • Racing Teens: ages 13+ — for those seeking an introduction to skiing fast and competing, but who may be involved in several other activities
  • Performance Racing: ages 14+ — a year-round program for those that want to dedicate themselves more to being a top-level competitive skier
  • University/College Racing: ages 18+ — (register for Racing Teens or Performance Racing)

See our Program Guide for more information.

The club encourages those graduating from the program to stay on with the club as coaches.

Adult Programs

The club offers an Adult/Masters program for those adults (19+) that are at an intermediate or advanced skiing level. It is directed at those interested in refining their technique, improving their fitness level, skiing in a team environment and perhaps even entering a race/loppet or two. Beginners adult skiers should contact Cypress Mountain regarding lessons. We encourage families to learn and ski together!

See our Program Guide for more information.