Our Programs

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.

For younger skiers

Bunnies: Age 4-5

The Bunny program will be offered on weekends during three different time slots: Saturday AM, Sunday AM and Sunday PM. Each session will have a duration of 2 hours with a hot chocolate break provided at Hollyburn Lodge. The session start time will be 9:15 a.m. for the morning sessions and 1:15 p.m. for the afternoon sessions. The season will be composed of 11 weekend sessions.

A parent/guardian of four-year-olds and, optionally, five-year-olds new to the program must ski with their children in the program. They will be responsible for purchasing their own ski passes and arranging ski rentals. Note that if you are a parent skiing with your child, you will not be able to coach.

Coaches in the Bunny program have completed the Introduction to Community Coaching workshop as a minimum.


Rabbits: Age 6-9

The Jackrabbit program will be offered on weekends during three different time slots: Saturday AM, Sunday AM and Sunday PM. Each session will have a duration of 2½ hours with a hot chocolate break provided at Hollyburn Lodge. The morning session commences at 9:00 a.m. and the afternoon session at 1:00 p.m. For levels 3 and 4, an additional mid-week session will be offered. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend this mid-week session in order to receive the most benefit from the program. There will be no fee reduction if the participant does not attend the mid-week session. The focus of this session will be to ski and play games. The structure and groupings are less formal than on weekends with the main objective being to provide an opportunity for the children to ski twice a week. This additional session will be offered during the evening (6:30-7:45 p.m.) on Wednesday and Thursday to provide maximum flexibility to families.

Registration should be performed first by skill level and the second by age (see the Registration Guide). The session coordinators will create preliminary groupings and review these groupings with the coaches during the Jackrabbit Coaches’ Meeting. At the first session, all of the mid level groups will ski together until hot chocolate break. At this break, the coaches will review and readjust their groups accordingly.

A brief description of the individual skill levels of the Jackrabbit program is listed below.

Track Attack: Age 10 – 12, 9 & 13 on an individual basis

The Program schedule offers a quick overview of the important dates.

The Track Attack program will be offered Saturday AM and Sunday AM only. There will be no afternoon sessions offered for Track Attack. Each session will have a duration of approximately 2 1/2 hours and the start time will be 9:00 a.m. A weeknight ski will also be offered on Wednesday and Thursday nights and it will have a duration of 1¼ hours and will commence at 6:30 p.m. The season will begin as soon as there is sufficient snow and weeknight skiing will begin as soon as Cypress Mountain begins night operations.

The off-season activities will consist of dryland sessions in the spring and fall. The focus of these sessions is on fun through games, activities and age-appropriate training circuits/stations while following the guidelines of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) guidelines and the Track Attack Booklet.  If sufficient coaches are available, there will be a regular weekly or biweekly fall sessions for the Track Attack kids. Occasionally, this group could join the Teen groups for special activities such as orienteering.

Hollyburn Racing Team (ages 13-18)

Joining the Racing Team is a fun way to develop your fitness, skiing and competition skills in a supportive, team environment. Members of the Racing Team will register in either the Racing Teens or the Performance Racing Program. Have a look at the Racing Team FAQs for further details.

New Racing Team members must contact Head Coach Jake Weaver at 604-988-3164 before registering.

Racing Teens (ages 13+)

For those Teens that have some interest in racing but are not yet ready to make the commitment required for the Performance Racing program. This program has the following structure:

  • Ski 2-3 days per week.
  • Participants are encouraged to take part in fall dryland training.
  • May choose to participate in additional training sessions year round.
  • Coached by level II (LTT) coaches and Level III (T2T) coaches.
  • Opportunity to race at local and provincial races with coaching and wax support.
  • Opportunity to take part in loppets.
  • Emphasis on fun, doing your best, social interaction and improving technique and fitness.
  • If you think you have some interest in racing this is a program for you!
  • Some youth may  transition to the Performance racing program  and some may stay in the Racing Teens program for a number of years.
  • Opportunity to become a coach in later years (16+).

Performance Racing (ages 14+)

For those Teens that are more interested in racing and are willing to commit to training on a year round program. This program has the following structure:

  • Skiing/training five days per week year-round.
  • Individualized training programs.
  • Fitness testing program.
  • Designed for kids who would like to reach their full potential as racers through technique and fitness improvement in a fun, social team atmosphere.
  • Suitable for kids who choose XC skiing as their primary winter sport.
  • Supported by Level III (T2T) coaches.
  • Coaching and waxing support at Provincial and National level racing.
  • High performance waxes at races included.
  • Opportunity to become a coach in later years (16+).

University/College Racing (ages 18+)

For athletes who have graduated from high school and are in university or college but want to continue to take part in the Race Team at a level that their schedule allows. Please register for one of the programs above based on your level of commitment.

Adventurers (ages 13-18)

For those Teens that are recreationally-focused and are also interested in other types of ski experiences. This program has the following structure:

  • Two-day per week winter ski program – Saturday or Sunday morning and Wednesday or Thursday in the evening (6:30-7:45 p.m.).
  • Opportunity to participate in fall dryland training.
  • Emphasis on fun, variety of activities and skiing for life.
  • Activities available include backcountry skiing, loppets and local races.
  • Coached by level II (LTT) coaches.
  • Opportunity to become a coach in later years (14+)
  • Coach training is paid for by the club and teenage coaches will be paid.

Graduate Coaching/Volunteer Program

We encourage any “graduates” of our programs to stay involved in the club by volunteering in whatever capacity they wish. For example, you could help out as Coach’s Assistant or, if you are 14 or older, you could take the NCCP coaching courses to become a certified coach. Either way, you would be teamed with an older, more experienced coach. The coaching courses are usually offered in the fall. Any time contributed to the club can be used for school volunteer requirements.

Adult/Masters Program (19+)

The Adult Progam has been put on hold until the club is able to find a qualified coach as Bob Putnam is unable to coach the program this year. We hope to be able to offer it again in the future.

Under the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model, Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club is proud to promote skiing for life. The Hollyburn Masters Ski Program is aimed at intermediate and experienced skiers (no beginners please) who are interested in refining their technique, improving their fitness, skiing in a team environment, having fun, and maybe even entering a race or two. The sessions will be split between classical and skate techniques. Members are expected to supply their own equipment for both styles of skiing. Almost every training session will be held at Cypress Mountain Cross Country, with the potential for a few excursions to Whistler Olympic Park. Team members may also have the opportunity for coaching support at select competitions.

Sessions will be dedicated to developing better technique and training will revolve around a seasonal training plan aimed at preparing members for the Sigge’s P’ayak loppet.

Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

The Sunday sessions will focus on technique improvement and refinement. Team members will be broken into 2-3 groups to foster a better coach to athlete ratio. Each group will have 1-1.5 hrs of coached, small group, technique work. The rest of the session is dedicated to distance skiing aimed at creating an environment for socialized training.

Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday sessions will be coach-led workouts. The goals for each session will include a combination of ski specific strength, short aerobic intervals, anaerobic intervals, speed work and group skiing. These practices aim to provide a supportive environment for team members to train together and work towards individual fitness goals.