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Saturday February 24 – Jackrabbits ski lesson cancelled today due to icy conditions

Parents, coaches, jackrabbits, as of yesterday,  Friday February 23rd, the trails were glassy icy, set tracks were washed out, and snow conditions non-groomable due to hazards for equipment and risk of injury to grooming volunteers.  As it remained below freezing overnight and into the morning, and there has been no significant new snow, conditions have not improved and we must cancel today’s lesson.

We’re now aiming for Saturday March 3rd for our Fun Day.  In the past, Jackrabbit Fun Day has been organized as a series of fun activities and a non-lesson day.  But this is not what I propose.  I would like the Fun Day to still very much incorporate ski technique drills and games, a camp fire and snacks.  We’re forced to compress a great deal of our regular season into the good ski days alotted to us.  I’ll be in touch over the week with coaches and volunteers.
Note that March 3rd is the second last lesson of the xc ski season, and our final lesson is Saturday March 10th which is also the beginning of March Break so we’re likely to miss a number of jackrabbit families for the last day.
Let’s hope for more wintry conditions leading into March 3rd.
Kathryn Chiasson
Jackrabbits Program Co-ordinator


Saturday Feb. 3rd Welcome Back Jackrabbits!

  • Welcome back!
  • I was thrilled to see so many jackrabbits and bunny rabbits at the Silver Spoon!  We have left over peanut-free Mars Bars for anyone who didn’t get one at the Silver Spoon.
  • A quick reminder, if you haven’t already removed the Klister, make sure you do so tonight so you don’t have to worry about it tomorrow!
  • Current forecast says actual temperature will be -10C, with a wind that can make it feel like -14C.  Make sure your child is dressed in layers, with face covered, warm hat, warm mittens, and extra mittens in your pack.
  • Make sure your kids are well fed, hydrated, and have gone to the bathroom before coming to jackrabbits.
  • Again, warm socks, synthetic or wool, no cotton!
  • No nuts of any kind due to the prevalence of serious allergies.
  • Bunnyrabbit coaches have had a bit of bad luck.  I’m still recovering, though my range of motion has vastly improved.  Nitaya fell on the ice Thursday and cut and possibly sprained her thumb.  so we’re quite the team…    We’re planning on staying a bit closer to the Chalet.  We can play some games that will help with side-stepping, star-turns, and ready stance.  We’ll see how everyone’s doing.    We’ll want to stay in the windbreak of the trees.
  • Coaches, several students and parents are away at Cubs Scouts’ Winter Camp this weekend.   This includes Raymi, Kit, Xavier, Kai, and my husband, Ted.
  •  Paul Chiasson, my brother-in-law, will be in or near the Chalet for any first-aid assistance.
  • Jen Bergevin will be serving Hot Drinks.
  • There’s a chance others will miss jackrabbits if they’re going to any Winter Carnival activities in the same time-slot.
  • Please let coaches know if your child will be away tomorrow!
  • Looks like we’re expecting some fresh snow too!!  Woo-hoo!!!
  • and in case you missed Steve’s email, Level 4s will be skate skiing, good to have skate-ski length poles, but don’t worry if you don’t have them, they’ll begin without any poles.
  • If you have any questions please call me!
  • My home number is 613 584 4255
  • My cell is 613 602-5881
  • I feel like I’ve forgotten to mention something…
  • See everyone tomorrow at 1:30 pm!
  • Kathryn Chiasson


Thank you for coming out to the Jackrabbits, Bunnyrabbits, Meet & Greet!

A big thank you to all the coaches and assistant coach voluteers, jackrabbits, bunny rabbits and parents, and especially to my husband for making our Meet & Greet a good time. Skis and poles are decorated, tentative groups are tweaked, crafts for Bunnyrabbit balance on ski games are ready to go, and we got a chance to mix and mingle and welcome new families to DRXC and to Deep River. We should really do more social gatherings like this and keep growing our xc ski club community!


Kathryn Chiasson

Saturday January 13, Meet & Greet RSVP please. see below for details.

While we do have to cancel lessons again, due to the recent heavy rains, flash freeze, and tomorrow’s forecast of -19C with windchill -33C for the “high”,  I’d like to float the idea of a Meet & Greet inside the chalet .

Nitaya, Melissa, and I will be there to meet & greet any Bunnyrabbits and new older beginner jackrabbits and their families at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow if there’s interest.  PLEASE RSVP by replying to my email or calling me at 584 4255.
We can take a look at your child’s ski equipment for proper fit, the kids can decorate their rental skis and poles that will help them get used to the idea of this new strange stuff, as well as hopefully make it easier to spot your child’s rental skis and poles when they’re all side-by-side in the racks next to identical sets.
We can also go over how to choose and apply ski wax, what ski skills we’ll be working on.  We’ll also have a few fun games or crafts to introduce terms like “pizza”, “french fries”, and fall & rise.
I’ll suggest the bunny rabbits could wear their regular winter boots, so we can try on the new boots indoors, it will also give us an opportunity to talk about wool & synthetic socks, never cotton socks!  and how to dress in layers, what sort of materials work well.  Also, I think it might be a good idea to have them try standing in ready position, snow plow, parallell just in regular footwear.
We’ll also probably have pizza, depending on numbers and feedback from families who plan to attend, I’m open to other suggestions too to accommodate allergies.  As far as I know, none of the Bunnyrabbits have any food allergies, but out of 34 jackrabbits, we have 5 registrants with anaphylactic allergies, including a couple with dairy and egg allergies, but most are nut, tree-nut, sesame, walnut, cashews, hazelnuts, and of course peanuts.
This is a totally optional event, but please reply if you plan to attend and how many?
Coaches and assistant-coaches, likewise, please let me know if you plan to join us, but it’s not mandatory.
I’m also looking at how close we are to the Silver Spoon on January 27, and I’d like us to get a good turn out at the Silver Spoon, so we’ll also be chatting with the new jack rabbit families about that.  All jackrabbits including Bunnyrabbits are automatically registered for the Silver Spoon mass start, it’s a just for fun all ages xc ski race event held at St Mary’s School, here in Deep River.  Families can ski together for the mass start especially for the younger ones.
Looking forward to hearing from you, let me know as soon as possible whether you plan to attend and how many.
Kathryn Chiasson
Home Tel 613 584 4255
Also, I would like everyone’s cell phone numbers please so I can have an emergency contact list when we finally do get out on the trails.  Please send me a private email with your cell phone numbers.
Thank you!