Friday, March 27, 2020

Thanks for a great season - and one final challenge: Get out and ski!

There is still snow. It would be perfect for an end of year snowball biathlon or other fun day of games, but with the COVID-19 stuff, we don’t think that would be a good idea. And though I am sure the kids would love to get together, the whole ‘social distancing’ is hard for them to adhere to – even with their ski POLEs (Personal Offset Length Evaluators) as a distance guide.

So, instead, we have a challenge for you! There are still lots of places that are good for skiing. Pick and place and go as a family. You can check out the CCSAM site for ideas on where to go: Windsor is still great – and free! Birdshill is still good in many places. The weekend is going to be beautiful, so get out and ski!
This will be it for the year for Wildwood Jackrabbits. It has been a whole lot of fun and an absolute privilege coaching the kids this year. It has been so rewarding for us to see the progress in everyone (even some of the parents!). 

Next year is likely going to be a bit different. We are needing to add on some programming for the older kids, and with two coaches (and sometimes just one) it will be difficult to run the full program. So we need help! The program is fairly well developed (if we do say so ourselves) and there is good training and certification available through the Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba, which the club will pay for. You don’t have to be a great skier yourself – particularly for the little ones. We have had a few parents step up and help this year which has been great (and actually quite essential). With a few more we could have a really robust program that isn’t too taxing on any one coach. Ted and I will be around to help with planning and prep, and we can be around as backups. But we need to transition the leadership to some other folk. If this feels like it could be you, give us a shout and we can peal back the curtain on the magic that is Wildwood Jackrabbits. We think it is a great program and we'd hate to see it end.

Thanks again for a great season! We'll figure out all the stickers and get those out... somehow. And we’ll see you all in November, just in time for all the social distancing to finally end!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Skiing March 21 and onwards

Hello Everyone,

We have been giving the idea of skiing this weekend as a group a lot of thought in light of the need to social distance and flatten the curve of COVID19.  We have thought further regarding smaller group gatherings and how we can still keep skiing for a few more weekends.  We are very supportive of doing our part to stay separated from each other during this time and are happy to encourage everyone to get outside as a family and keep skiing as much as you feel comfortable.  

We will continue to come out, as long as there is snow, to Wildwood, at the same time to setup some poles, pylons to allow kids some fun hill time and families to go skiing together.  They will be fairly informal sessions with mostly just come out to ski and practice your skills if you want to. It will sort of be come and go on your own but knowing there are other Jackrabbits out there somewhere.

We totally understand and respect everyone's decision to stay home, no pressure at all.  If you are more interested at skiing on your own as a family while you still can, please check out the link below as it outline some other trail areas.

As for stickers and books, we will try to get the stickers out via mail, or drop off at your door, in the next week or 2.  If you don't have a book for stickers, let us know and we'll send that out otherwise keep your eyes peeled for stickers in the coming weeks.

Hope you all keep skiing as long as you can and we'll keep updating people week to week.

Hope everyone stays healthy and safe!

Coach Adam & Ted