The Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club is gearing up for the 2012 season. Jackrabbits

Registration for Jackrabbits underway

Starting in January the Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club will glide into its Jackrabbit program.

Starting in January the Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club will glide into its Jackrabbit program at Bull Mountain, where the group will meet every Sunday.

From ages four through 12, the children learn to cross country ski under the instruction of local cross-country skier and Jackrabbit co-ordinator Erin Trott, plus other instructors.

“It’s a fun activity that gets the kids out,” Trott said. “And it’s a great activity for families to enjoy together and kids of all ages can be involved.”

The Jackrabbits program at Bull Mountain offers three separate instructional groups.

The first is a Bunnyrabbit program for kids up to five years old. The objective is to introduce cross-country skiing to the participants.

From there skiers graduate to the Jackrabbit program (ages six to nine). In Jackrabbits the skiers learn basic cross-country ski skills — both classic and skating — along with hopefully instilling a lifelong interest in the sport.

The last group, Track Attack, aims at skiers 10 to 12 years old. The third level aims to help skiers become technically advanced in their technique, along with providing opportunities for back-country excursions and ski tournaments.

The groups meet every Sunday, starting Jan. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bull Mountain.

In addition the Jackrabbits hold two optional evening ski sessions from 6 until 7:30 p.m.

“Those are kind of fun pizza and ski nights we do with the kids under the lights at Bull Mountain,” Trott said. “They have about 30 kilometres of lit up trail there.”

The cost to register a child in Jackrabbits is $45.

For more information visit www.bullmountain.ca or contact Trott at 250-296-9186.

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