Jackrabbit Ski League

The Jackrabbit ski program is a 10-week program that teaches cross-country skiing to kids. The program starts on the first or second 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 13, 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 (Interim Jackrabbit Head Coach) at 613-584-1287 (cell 613-720-2757) for more information.

Racing Program for Teens

High school aged skiers can train and participate in a variety of out of town races. Contact Aubrey Fletcher at 613-633-2474 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 – 2021/22 Season

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

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

Rentals for the 2021/22 season to be held at the Deep River Curling and Squash Club:

Saturday Nov 27, 10 a.m. to noon –  All skiers under 12 (including Jackrabbits) and their families

Saturday Nov 27, noon to 5 p.m. – All skiers

Sunday Nov 28, 10 a.m. to noon – All skiers

All people age 12 and over entering the curling club must provide proof of full vaccination.

After the weekend of Nov 27/28, contact Phil Davis (613-584-3033 or for an outfitting appointment.

Moonlight Ski

The Club organizes two moonlight skis on Saturday evenings near the dates of the full moons in January, and February.  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 2022, the 50th Silver Spoon Ski (and Snowshoe) Fest will be a multi-day loppet rather than a race. From Saturday January 29 to Sunday February 6 (nine days), skiers can rack up their kilometres toward bragging rights and a donation to local charities. The “course” will consist of any trail in the Ottawa Valley between Driftwood Provincial Park in the west and the Petawawa Research Forest in the east. 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