Highlands Nordic - Ontario's Premier Cross Country Ski Centre
Ontario's Premier Cross Country Ski Centre

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

Biathlon Bears (Ages 9 -13)

An introductory and development program for the sport of Biathlon. Athletes learn the combination of skate skiing and precision shooting using an air rifle. 

This program is an "add-on" option for young athletes who are particpating in either Track Attack or Jackrabbits. Costs for Biathlon Ontario membership are in addition to the core fee.

TIME: Sunday's 10AM to 12PM

STARTS: January 8th, 2017

ENDS: March 5th, 2017

COST: $50

NOTE: There will be no programs running on January 14th & 15th. Highlands Trailblazers will be hosting an Ontario Cup that weekend.

Saturdaisies (Ages 10 - 13)

An entry level, competitive Biathlon program for those athletes who have participated or are starting in the “learning to train” levels of Nordic programs and are interested in adding Biathlon, or who have participated in Biathlon Bears and have shown solid skate skiing skills. Athletes will be grouped by age and experience by Biathlon coaches.

Costs for Biathlon Ontario membership, travel, and race fees are in addition to the core fee. Participation in the fall Saturday dry land training is included in the registration cost and is required for these athletes (this is our opportunity to use warm weather to set up rifles and focus on precision shooting).

This program is an "add-on" option for young athletes who are particpating in Junior Devo.

TIME: Saturday's 1PM to 3PM

STARTS: October 1st, 2016

ENDS: February 25th, 2017

COST: $75

Daisy Air Rifle Lease Fee - $50

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 $ 950 (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.)

PLEASE NOTE: Participants MUST be members of Biathlon Ontario

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 $ 1,150 (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.)

PLEASE NOTE: Participants MUST be members of Biathlon Ontario

Masters Biathlon Program (Ages 18+)

For intermediate to advanced skiers 18 years or older who are interested in improving their skiing and in competing. Masters will be taught proper shooting skills, rifle safety, and range procedures. The fundamentals of aiming, breathing, natural alignment, and trigger control will be covered along with race strategies and the effects of wind.

Costs for Biathlon Ontario membership, appropriate race licenses, travel, equipment, and race-support are in addition to the core fee.

This program is an "add-on" option for athletes who are particpating in Nordic Masters.

TIME: Saturday's 10AM to 12PM

STARTS: October 1st, 2016

ENDS: Febraury 25th, 2017  

COST: $75

Daisy Air Rifle Lease Fee - $50

Registration