Biathlon

The word biathlon is from the Greek word meaning "two tests". The sport of biathlon combines the endurance, speed and skill of cross-country skiing with the concentration of precision rifle shooting, confronting athletes with a very demanding overall physical and mental challenge. This exciting combination of endurance and focus is precisely what makes this sport so fun and rewarding.

Our full-spectrum of biathlon programs follow the Long-Term Athlete Development principles developed by Sport Canada.

  • Our Jackrabbits and Track Attack programs include introductory biathlon activities to introduce children aged 9-12 to the fundamentals of biathlon
  • Biathlon Bears is an add-on program for children aged 9-12 that wish pursue the sport further including attending local races
  • The Saturdaisies program is a stepping stone for young biathletes (aged 10-13 years) that are interested in training and ready to compete in local and club races.
  • Our Competition Air Rifle program provides advanced skiing and precision shooting skills using compressed-air cylinder rifles for those teen-aged athletes interested in elevating their competition level to the provincial “O-Cup circuit” level.
  • In the Competitive .22 program, teen-aged athletes will learn to refine their existing shooting skills with .22-caliber rifles while consolidating the speed and strength development of their ski techniques to compete at the provincial and IBU levels and/or earn their way onto Team Ontario.
  • Our Masters program provides the opportunity for a lifetime of participation in biathlon regardless of whether you are a retiring competitive athlete or are just late in entering this amazing sport.

Athletes participating in Biathlon programs must be registered members of Biathlon Ontario for insurance purposes. An additional equipment fee for rifles and ammunition is charged for Biathlon athletes.

All program prices will be raised by $25 on November 15th.

Programming

New program information will be posted at the end of August.

Biathlon Bears (Ages 9 -13)

This is an entry level program for athletes who have graduated from the Jack Rabbits Nordic-skiing program or have demonstrated ski skills and show an interest in learning how to add a precision shooting component to their skill sets in a fun and friendly environment. In this program, athletes will focus on effective prone positioning, precision shooting skills, and combination shooting skills using a pump-action air rifle. Ski training will be delivered through participation in the Track Attack Nordic ski program. Range training will be delivered as a separate session at the end of each skiing phase.

Nordic Training

TIME: Saturdays 9:59AM to 12PM

STARTS: December 1st

ENDS: March 3rd

Range Training

TIME: Saturday 1PM to 2PM

STARTS: Janaury 13th

END: March 3rd

COST: $350

$30 Biathlon Ontario and Biathlon Canada Recreational Athlete Membership Required

*Trail passes - valid only during the weekly sessions - are included in Jackrabbit, Bunnies, Chipmunks, Track Attack and Biathlon Bears fees. If registrants ski at other times, they will need a season or day pass.

Saturdaisies (Ages 11 - 14)

This is an entry level program for the competitive stream of athletes who have graduated from the Biathlon Bears program or have demonstrated advanced ski skills and show an interest in learning how to race and compete in a fun and friendly environment. In this program, athletes will focus on effective prone positioning, precision shooting skills, and combination shooting skills. Physical training will include the basics of dryland training (running, ski striding) and developing technical competency on-snow of both classic and skate skiing techniques.

Range Training

TIME: Saturdays 1PM to 3PM

STARTS: September 22nd

ENDS: March 10th

Nordic Dryland Training Part 1

TIME: Saturdays 9:59AM to 12PM

STARTS: September 15th

ENDS: October 27th

Nordic Dryland Training Part 2

TIME: Saturdays and Sundays 9:59AM to 12PM

STARTS: November 3rd

ENDS: December 2nd

Nordic Winter Training

TIMES: Wednesdays Evenings (TBD), Saturdays and Sundays 9:59AM to 12PM

STARTS: Decmeber 3rd

ENDS: March 10th

*Programs will not be running from December 22nd to January 4th (There will be a 1 Day Holiday Camp run during this time), and the Family Day weekend.

COST: $650

           $75 Ammunition & Equipment Fee

ADDITIONAL COSTS: 

  • Biathlon Ontario and Biathlon Canada Membership
  • Training Camps
  • Travel, food, race entry and accomadation at events

*Registrants in the HTB competition teams (nordic and biathlon) and Junior Development must purchase a season pass from Highlands Nordic.

Competition Air Rifle

Comp A/R athletes are typically 14 or 15 years old and are at the 'Training to Train' level and 'Training to Compete' phases of athletic development.

This is a year round program running May 1 - April 30. Athletes must be prepared to make a commitment to year round training in order to participate.

The Comp A/R program is for experienced biathletes that want to train their skills to a high level, and are interested in competing in multiple Nordic and biathlon events throughout the year. The Competition Air Rifle program teaches advanced skiing and precision shooting skills using pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) rifles (owned or leased). Participants must have completed at least two levels of the Biathlon Bears or Saturdaisies programs or possess strong skate skiing skills/fitness.

Dryland training begins in May and will include roller skiing, ski striding, running, cycling and weekly strength training to develop the physical strength, balance, and flexibility to support enhanced ski performance. Rifle training will focus on refining the prone positioning using an S-400 compressed-air rifle, advanced precision skills, high intensity combination shooting skills, and race specific shooting tactics. Physical fitness, endurance, mental fitness, ski skills/technique, race strategies, nutrition, ski preparation, range procedure, principles of marksmanship and rifle safety are all fundamental components of this program.

The total/annual training workload is approximately 350 hours spread over an average of 3 days per week for the 10 months.

The HTB Comp A/R team participates in a number of races including local and interprovincial biathlon events and the Ontario Air Rifle Championships. Athletes participating in the team have a high commitment to training and must be prepared to travel several weekends over the course of the season.

Costs for Biathlon Ontario membership, appropriate race licenses, training camps, travel, equipment, ammunition and racing are in addition to the core fee.

NOTE:  Travel, racing costs and training camps are calculated on a cost recovery basis. 

COST: $1100

PLEASE NOTE: Participants MUST be members of Biathlon Ontario

$75 Ammunition and Equipment fee

*Registrants in the HTB competition teams (nordic and biathlon) and Junior Development must purchase a season pass from Highlands Nordic.

Competition .22 Rifle

Comp.22 athletes are typically 15 years of age or older and are at the 'Training to Train' level and 'Training to Compete' phases of athletic development.

This is a year round program running May 1 - April 30. Athletes must be prepared to make a commitment to year round training in order to participate.

The Competition .22 program is for junior athletes who are passionate about biathlon and consider it their main sport activity. This program teaches advanced skiing and enhances precision shooting skills using both PCP air rifle and .22 caliber firearms. Participants must have completed at least one year of the Competitive Air Rifle Program, hold a valid Junior PAL (Possession Acquisition License), provide their own .22 biathlon rifle and provide or lease a PCP rifle.

Dryland training begins in May and will consist roller skiing, ski striding, running, cycling and strength training; plus monthly residential training camps. Range training will focus on: precision shooting skills in both prone and standing positions, race tactics and optimizing speed/accuracy ratios. Physical fitness, endurance, mental fitness, ski skills, technique, race strategies, nutrition, ski preparation, range procedure, principles of marksmanship and rifle safety are all fundamental components of this program.

The HTB Comp .22 team participates in a number of races at a high level including interprovincial and Noram Biathlon events, the Ontario .22 Rifle Championships and the Canadian National Championships. Athletes participating in the team have a high commitment to training and must be prepared to travel many weekends over the course of the season.

Costs for Biathlon Ontario membership, appropriate race licenses, training camps, travel, equipment, ammunition and racing are in addition to the core fee.

NOTE:  Travel, racing costs and training camps are calculated on a cost recovery basis. 

COST:  $1500 (Payable in one payment or in 2 instalments. If instalment plan is chosen $ 500 is required at time of registration, with the balance plus $ 25 administration fee coming due no later than September 1, 2016.) Plus an additional range/rifle realted fees.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants MUST be members of Biathlon Ontario

*Registrants in the HTB competition teams (nordic and biathlon) and Junior Development must purchase a season pass from Highlands Nordic

Registration