Parent Coaching 101

Many questions arise from parents who are new to cross-country skiing as well as for many of the seasoned veterans.

Parents may not realize how their support can enhance their child’s skiing experience and few may know where to solicit support and information, whether you only wish for your young skier to have fun outdoors in winter or to establish a foundation for your developing athlete.

Cross-Country Canada in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada, has established an easily accessible coaching development pathway that all cross-country ski coaches must follow.

The starting point is a combination of two online learning courses that can be done from anywhere at the learner’s own pace.

While these courses were specifically developed for aspiring community coaches, many parents (coaches or not) have expressed how useful and valuable taking this training has been for them.

Parents of young skiers inevitably become the coach’s assistants!

Click here to ackowledge the benefits for parents to take the ICC training and how to sign up.

2018 Jackrabbit Toque Design Contest

Cross Country Canada invites all Jackrabbit and Bunnyrabbit to participate in designing the 2018 Jackrabbit Toque, which will be worn by 10,500 Jackabbit and Bunnyrabbit skiers accross Canada!

This year, we’re adding a special theme! We would like to see designs that inspire you and all your Jackrabbits friends to cross-country ski and to always try your best! But also a design that will inspire Team Canada competing at the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games in South Korea!

Team Canada got inspired by the sport of cross-country skiing when they first learned as Jackrabbits, and maybe one day you could be at the Games too!

Send us your designs by March 6th, 2017 at Noon MST!

Here is the template for your design: http://bit.ly/2ji3ayd

Photo: 2017 JR Toque worn proudly by a Newfoundland Jackrabbit / A.Poole, Airport Nordic

The criteria for entering in the contest are as follows:

  • Contestants must be currently enrolled in a CCC Jackrabbit or Bunnyrabbit program
  • Contestants must be between the ages of 5-9.

Selection process and timelines:

  • Contest runs from January 16th – March 6th 2017.
  • Designs should be submitted to Eva Hornyansky at ehornyansky@cccski.com by March 6th, 2017 at Noon MST.
  • Cross Country Canada will select 10 final designs and post them on the CCC Facebook page for you to vote on. The voting period will run from March 6th – 12th, 2017 at Noon MST.
  • Remember to join CCC’s Facebook page<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cross-Country-Canada-Ski-de-fond-Canada/138553616175807?ref=hl> to ‘vote for your favourite Jackrabbit design’
  • Announcement of the ‘winning’ toque design will be posted on CCC’s Facebook Page on March 13th, 2017.

    Good Luck and have fun!

Event Notice: Dash For Cash

The DASH FOR CASH is back!

Brought to you by: Assiniboine Park Jackrabbits and Downtown Nordic

Sponsored by: YES Ski wax!

TUESDAY, February 28TH 6:45PM

Windsor Park Nordic Centre Training grid area

Fee: $2.00
Thank you to our sponsor YES Ski Wax for making this event more affordable!

Eligibility: The event is open to students from Nursery up to and including Grade 6.

Registration: Dash For Cash Entry Form and Waiver

Registration will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Windsor Park Nordic Center. No registrations will be accepted after 6:30 PM. (to allow time to make the race schedule)


Classic technique. Grades N-2 approx. 50 m. Grades 3-6 approx. 100 m. Races will go in order of grades starting with Nursery.

For categories with less than 8 entrants: the first heat is against one other person. The person who finishes first in this heat receives a loonie and goes to the A side final, the person who finishes in second place gets a ‘chocolate loonie’ and goes to the B side final.

For categories with 8 or more entrants: we will run heats of 4, with top 2 going to the A final and the bottom 2 going to the B final. Loonies for top 2, chocolate loonies for bottom 2.

Finals will be mass start. 1st ,2nd and 3rd place will be awarded to the winners of both the A and B group for each grade.

This is an entry level, fun oriented, participation event.

NOTE: ALL racers MUST complete the Entry Form and Waiver (signed by a parent or guardian) before being allowed to race.