Nordic - Jackrabbits

  • Age group: 1st-4th grades
  • Goal: Improve skier technique through instruction and games.
  • Contact:  Callie Baker
  • Tuition: $125.00

Program Duration: Saturday, December 30th through Tuesday, February 13th
Practice is twice weekly: Saturday mornings @10am and Tues afternoons @3:45

- Forms -

This year we are using a Team Management Software called Teamstuff. You’ll register (it will just ask a couple simple questions), and then it will send you a notice of the registration fee. So please register using the button below. And make the payment shortly thereafter. If you’re applying for scholarship, then don’t worry about paying at this time. We’ll sort it out a bit later.

Registration is closed. Email marlene@team-farrell.com to be added to a waitlist.

Liability Release

Scholarship application, again, is a written paragraph from the skier about need and desire to be a part of the team, sent to me (marlene@team-farrell.com) and then to be determined anonymously by a separate judge.

Please also click the other buttons and print and complete the liability and concussion forms. Please drop them off to the ticket booth at Icicle Trails or mail them to:

c/o Marlene Farrell
PO Box 573
Leavenworth, WA 98826

**We need these forms in by mid December as well so we can put all the info in a spreadsheet.**

We strongly encourage Jackrabbit skiers to commit to both weekly practices. Skiers who are only able to attend one practice per week do not progress as quickly as their peers. This is disheartening for the skiers who see their teammates skiing off into the distance and difficult for the coaches who have to respond to an ever-increasing gap in skier ability within groups.

Jackrabbit enrollees do not need to have prior skiing experience. Skiers will be placed into peer groups based on age and ability.

The Jackrabbit ski program meets on Tuesdays from 3:45-5pm and Saturdays from 10-11:30am. The end times can be slightly variable depending on the conditions and the ages of the skiers. Please ask your child’s coach what time they expect to be back at the trailhead if you are concerned.

The location of practices will vary between the three ski venues in Leavenworth: Icicle River Trails, Ski Hill, and the Golf Course. In rare instances practice sessions are moved to a different location or cancelled last minute due to poor conditions or inclement weather. We do what we can to minimize these situations but will communicate any changes to the schedule or cancellations as soon as possible.

There will be two races that fall on Saturdays during the season and will be incorporated into our schedule. Participation is optional but encouraged.

We primarily communicate via email. Weekly program updates are sent out each Sunday night that contain information about the following week’s practice locations and ski technique.

Jackrabbit skiers need two gear setups: one is called waxless classical and the other is skate. Waxless classical skis are used in the track and they have a fish scale pattern on the base that can grip the snow. Skate skis are different because they have a smooth bottom, which just glides. Skate skis are usually a little shorter than classical skis.

Their ski poles need to be Nordic track ski poles (not alpine). When classical skiing, the skier’s poles should be long enough to fit snugly in their armpits, and when skate skiing, their pole length should be about chin-high. For really young kids, there may only be a small difference in classical and skate pole length, so many families opt to have them learn to skate on classical length poles. That’s usually okay, but do try to get a separate pair of poles for classical and skate, because a few centimeters can make a big difference when you are little.

They must also have cross-country ski boots, made for track skiing. Please make sure their boots work with the ski bindings, because there are two kinds of binding: NNN and SNS. Most Jackrabbit skiers will use a ‘combi’ boot, which is made to do classical and skate. That way they only need 1 pair of boots. The coach will tell you if your skier’s gear is not fitting well, but we’d prefer you get it checked out by a local sport shop before ski practice.

The local sport shops can help you:  Arlberg Sports Haus, Leavenworth Mountain Sports and Der Sportsmann. There are other sports shops and also the internet. During the winter, it will be difficult to find gear that is in stock, and it will be even more difficult to find a season’s rental. We recommend that you take your skier to a store early in the fall. Arlberg Sports Haus, LMS and Der Sportsmann will order gear for our team members at a discount, but only if they place those orders well before ski season. The best advice we can give you is to shop early!