Jackrabbit Ski League, Mini Season 2021

I wanted to inform you that we are going to (hopefully) launch a mini Jackrabbit season in 2021. Three weeks only; staggered start on weekends; no hot chocolate (unless you bring your own); and no charge.  We reserve the right to cancel or stop the season at any point (we are in March, so a week of warm weather may end the ski season; lockdowns are always a possibility).

The first step if you (aged 5-13 year olds) or your children are interested in Jackrabbits this year is to register on

In the registration, there is a question about which time slots your child would be able to attend.  There is Saturday am, pm and Sunday pm.  The more flexibility the better; but I will leave it up to you to enter.  Once I have coaches and Jackrabbits registered, i will try to set up the teams.

On a final note (to parents or those with teenage/young adult skiers in the house), we need volunteers for a successful season.  Consider volunteering.  We hope to have 2 adults or coaches/team; and to keep teams small.  So we need help.  If you want to help, either let me know, or feel free to sign up as a coach (no credentials necessary; on the Zone4 website, search DRXC – and there is a registration form for coaches).

All the best, and maybe we’ll all meet on the trails soon.

Kevin McDonald

Interim Jackrabbit Head Coach


613-720-2757 (cell)

Jackrabbit Ski League (Old – previous years)

The Jackrabbit ski program is a 10-week program that teaches cross-country skiing to kids. The program usually starts on the first Saturday of January, and is based at the club chalet on Balmer Bay Road. Lessons are held Saturday afternoons starting at 1:30 p.m., and last 1 to 2 hours depending on age and skill level. Hot drinks are served in the chalet after the lesson.

The program is for kids up to age 15, with a special Bunnyrabbit program for kids aged 3 to 5 (accompanied by a parent). Lessons follow the nationally recognized Cross Country Canada program, and are taught by skiers trained in coaching children. See the Registration page for fee details.

If your child needs equipment, consider renting from the club collection of used equipment for a modest fee (see Rentals section below).

Contact Kevin McDonald at 613-602-1287 for more information.

Racing Program for Teens

Because of the Covid situation, this program is not currently planned for 2021.

High school aged skiers can train and participate in a variety of out of town races. Contact Aubrey Fletcher at 613-584-3348 for more information.

Adult Instruction

The club offers lessons in the classic (diagonal stride) technique. These lessons are meant for beginner adults with little or no experience.   The course  typically consist of two sessions on Sundays starting at 1:30 p.m. in early January.

The lessons are free to new club members; otherwise, they are $20. Sign up when you register.  Contact Tom Holden at 613-584-2819 for more information.



A skate ski clinic is also offered in late February or early March.

Ski Equipment Rentals

Because of the Covid situation, new rentals will be limited for the 2020/21 season.

DRXC has a large collection of used ski equipment for seasonal and occasional rentals, at the following costs:

Children ski package (skis, boots, and poles): $25
Adult ski package (skis, boots, and poles): $40
Wax kits: $8

Contact Phil Davis at 613-584-3033 or to arrange a fitting.

Moonlight Ski

Because of the Covid situation, warm drinks will not be available in the chalet.

The Club organizes three moonlight skis on Saturday evenings near the dates of the full moons in January, February, and March.  Warm drinks are provided at the chalet after the ski.  Nature is expected to provide good weather and snow conditions.  More information is sent to members closer to the time.


The club has drafted a grooming policy so that members are better informed about our trail-setting objectives. Contact Marc Audet at 613-281-4591 for more information.

Silver Spoon Ski Fest

For 2021, the 49th Silver Spoon Ski Fest will be a multi-day loppet rather than a race. Between Saturday Feb 6 and Sunday Feb 14 (nine days), skiers can rack up their kilometres toward bragging rights and a donation to local charities. The “course” will consist of the Silver Spoon trails, Forestry trails, Bass Lake trails, and Plant trails (for CNL employees). Participant skiers must be members of the DRXC. Snowshoers can participate as well. No timing, no cost, no pressure – so easy! More information about registration is posted on the Silver Spoon website and Silver Spoon facebook page.  Contact Anne Murphy at 613-858-2123 or for more information.

Deep River Cross Country Ski Club