Saturday, December 17, 2016

December 17 - Inside Wax Session

-41 with an extreme cold warning. So we are moving indoors!

The cookie party is canceled and will be reschedule that for sometime in February -- perhaps around valentines days. Instead we are going to have a (mostly) indoor session in the Wildwood Community Centre.

1. Coach James is going run a wax clinic. We'll have waxing gear so we can hotwax skis. Bring yours to get them all prepped for when the weather turns. We'll also talk about proper general waxing.

2. Coach Ted is going to have some games upstairs.

3. The trails have been tracked, so if people want to brave the cold and go for a bit of jaunt around, we can do that - then back inside to warm up!

5. There is a great toboggan hill that folks can use as well. It is sometimes easier to bundle up for that than it is for skiing!

If this feels like it is a stay at home day for you, that is also fine.
For those who want to take advantage of a wax clinic and perhaps brave the outdoors with the community centre as a safety net. We'll be there!

For the rest of Holiday season, here is the plan:

December 24 - no Jackrabbits
December 31 - casual session. Coach James will be out and if anyone wants to join in then we'll have a session and go for a ski.
January 7 - Regular Session

Saturday, December 10, 2016

December 12- Jackrabbits Canceled for today

Only in Winnipeg can you go from almost too warm and not really enough snow, to too cold and almost too much snow in the span of 7 days.

Our cutoff is -27 with the windchill. The models this morning show -30. Add to that that the grid and tracks haven't been put in so we would be slogging through deep snow, and it means the session would he hard going from many angles.

We hate to cancel so early in the season, but it is the right thing to do.

Stay warm! Cookie Party next week!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Last week was a great first session on show! A bit sketchy in places, but we made it work!

However, we may have gotten a bit carried away with the snow dance. On the plus side, we are set for the season!

The temperature is another matter. -27 with the windchill is our standard cutoff. Our model is predicting -31 at 10 and -27.4 at 11. No matter how you slice it, it will be cold. We are not canceling yet, but watch for emails. If it is obvious in the evening that we should cancel, we will. If the trend is getting warmer we may hold off until the morning.

If we do go, then this will be a bundle up sessions. Layers, warm socks, good toque and good mits. parents will need to watch the kids for frost nip and frost bite. We'll talk a bit about that at the beginning of the session. We'll do lots of movement to keep warm. We aren't sure if the golf course has been tracked yet, so we may be making out own trails. The golf course is pretty protected from much of the wind and we have often had great sessions in the cold!

Remember that the 17th is the cookie party. We'll end the session in the community club for hot chocolate and cookies. Families are asked to bring something cookie-ish to share.

Stay tuned!

Friday, December 2, 2016

December 3 - Skis and Snow!

I am going to be straight here, it is sketchy. But hear me out! The golf course has protected a lot of the snow from wind and sun and as a result there is some half decent snow that is (mostly) skiable. And a few people have actually been out on it. We are pushing the envelope a wee bit, but assuming the weather stays below zero It will work. We only have so many weekends in a year, so lets get started!

We may not spend the whole time on skis (depending on how it goes) but we'll give it a shot. You'll need some pretty grippy wax.  If your skis aren't ready that is fine - just bring your poles.

December cookie party! on the 17 we will have cookies and hot chocolate after jackrabbits. Families are encouraged to bring a cookie-like thing to share with the group. We'll organize the hot chocolate.

Registration is still open.

Contact us if you have any questions. 

Looking forward to seeing folk on Saturday at 10:30 for skiing!!!