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Jackrabbit Report March 2017

We had a great season of ski learning and play.  Highlights included our theme days (such as our Marshmallow Roast and Bushwhacking Day), skiing out to the winter tent, and many games played in and around the ski park. There were 120 skiers in the program this year, ranging from 3 to 13 in age. We had approximately 40 volunteer coaches involved this year with many PSHS students in our coaching group.

The Jackrabbit program has many people to thank.  First of all, we are always very grateful to our GNSCC staff made up of our Trail Groomers and Burrow Attendants.  Our awesome team of Jackrabbit coaches made up of high school and adult coaches was a very committed, talented and enthusiastic group who all made each Jackrabbitsession a blast.  We are also very thankful for the support of Kathleen McGill who once again this year was our Jackrabbit Volunteer Coordinator.  Without this large group of talented people, Jackrabbit wouldn't happen. Thanks goes to Thom Morrissey as well for taking and preparing our annual group photo.

As well, we had constant support from a large group of parent volunteers who helped out with theme days, hot chocolate brewing, and support in the Burrow.

For next year Greg Mason will be coordinating Jackrabbit.  After a number of years of co-coordinating, Graham Poole is stepping down from that position.  Finally, for next season, watch out for details in the fall about Jackrabbit registration, which usually takes place at the beginning of December.  

 


Hopping into Jackrabbit season

The Jackrabbit program starts in a little over 2 months! Wow! Stay tuned for when to start doing snow dances!

We look forward to seeing many of you at our registration day on November 28 at the Burrow from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. If you can’t make it out to registration, you can still register by printing a registration form and dropping it off with payment at the White Squall Town Store. Registration closes on December 17, 2015. The first day of Jackrabbit is January 2, 2016.

More information regarding the GNSCC Jackrabbit program can be found at: http://www.georgiannordic.com/index.php/programs/jackrabbits

Jackrabbit welcomes pre-school and elementary school skiers from ages 3 to 13. Parents need to ski with kids aged 6 and under. In Level 4, skiers are introduced to skate skiing. Skiers in this level need skate-specific equipment. Talk to us if you are not sure what you should be looking for.

We are excited to be welcoming back many of our PSHS ski coaches. They are a fun, enthusiastic, and energetic bunch and add tremendous vitality to our program.

We are once again looking for coaches and assistant coaches. We are always in need of coaches of all ages and will provide guidance, training, and support to people who are new to the program. Get in touch with us immediately if you are interested in being part of our coaching group.

Finally, as all good organizations change, so too does the GNSCC Jackrabbit program. We are still looking for an interested coach to take on a coordinator role for the 2016 year (i.e. this ski season). A new coordinator would work with our current coordinator and is ideally someone who has familiarity with the program as a parent or a coach. Please think over this opportunity to help in guiding the direction that the club and youth programs will go in future years.

Please email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone Graham (705-378-1963) for more information.

See you on the trails!

Graham


 Jackrabbit 2015 Year End

Ah marshmallows over an open fireAh marshmallows over an open fire

 It was another great ski season with 125 skiers in Jackrabbit this year.  We had a total of 9 sessions including popular theme days like the Marshmallow Roast, Sounder Ski Tour Snow Sculptures, and Crazy Hat Day.  We had large groups of new skiers in our youngest age groups and a large group of Racing Rabbits.Despite having a bit of a slow start with sparse snow in early January, the conditions quickly became excellent thanks to the hard work of the club’s grooming team.  We also had fantastic support from our volunteer coordinators Ruth Ostrom and Kathleen McGill and a large group of parent volunteers.  We would not be able to provide the program that we do without the support of all of our volunteers.

Like in recent years, our team of coaches did a great job.  We had over 40 coaches this year made up of parents, adults from the community, and a vibrant group of high school students.  All of these coaches bring incredible enthusiasm, commitment, and energy to the program every week.  They are coordinated by Zack Crafts and me (Graham Poole).  Our role is to organize the coaching groups, provide support and mentorship for all coaches, and cover coaching absences.Besides the regular annual cost of CCC swag (hats and buffs) of $15.50/skier, additional large expenditures within the program this year included the purchasing of logoed toques for all Jackrabbit coaches and a pizza lunch for our early season coaching workshop.

We look forward to another great Jackrabbit next year and intend to continue with a similar program.  One big change is that Zack Crafts is moving on from his Jackrabbit Coordinator position after many years.  He has been a tremendous driving force behind the program’s recent growth and vitality and will be missed very much.  We are fortunate that Zack is intending to still be involved in the program in a coaching role.  We continue to look for a replacement for Zack to work with Graham for the 2016 Jackrabbit ski season.

 

Submitted by Graham Poole

We have fun, how about you?We have fun, how about you?

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