The Yellowjackets are PACCSA's youth cross-country ski team. Yellowjackets learn to ski through skill sessions built around fun and games, based on Cross Country Canada's Bunnyrabbit and Jackrabbit developmental programs. All Yellowjackets learn classic XC skiing, and the more experienced groups also learn how to skate ski.
Beginner and experienced youth skiers from age 5 to 16 are welcome to join Yellowjackets. If you are interested in a class for older kids, please contact us and we'll do our best to accommodate you if possible.
Yellowjackets skill sessions are held on most Saturdays in January and February at Laurel Ridge State Park XC ski area. If snow conditions warrant, we sometimes meet at the Laurel Mountain XC trails, which are groomed by PACCSA volunteers for classic skiing.
Ages 5-6 on Jan 1st. The Bunnyrabbit group plays a lot of games on skis, which improves their overall balance and ski skills. Bunnyrabbits learn basic ski skills such as falling, rising, diagonal stride, star turn, and uphill herringbone...all without poles.
Ages 7-13 on Jan 1st. The Jackrabbits learn primarily the same way as the bunny group (through play on skis), but cover much more ground. In addition to basic skills, Jackrabbits learn more advanced classic skills such as double-pole, kick double-pole and step turns. As Jackrabbits become more proficient with their ski skills, the progress to using poles.
Ages 10-16 on Jan 1st. This is primarily a skating group, but advanced classic technique is also taught. Younger Track Attack skiers (10-13) may choose to participate in both the Jackrabbits session and the Track Attack session as they learn how to skate ski. Track Attack skiers work to achieve a set of advanced goals in ski technique, racing, training and also skiing for fun.
|Head Coach Jim
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|Original Head Coach
Naomi, happily retired