Biathlon Bears

2018/2019 Program Registration

Winter Biathlon Program registration is now closed.

Program Description

Biathlon Bears is a progressive skills development program for youth ages 9-13 (born in 2005-2009).

The goal of the program is to continuously develop and refine skiing and shooting skills in a safe and fun environment through a combination of drills, games and relays, and to provide an introduction to an active, outdoor sport-for-life.

Biathlon Bears is for young athletes in the FUNdamentals and Learn to Train developmental stages of the Canadian Sport for Life Long Term Athlete Development Model. Biathlon Bears leads into our Junior Racers/Development Team program or our Teen Leadership program.

Parent involvement is a required part of our Biathlon Bears program. This requirement can be fulfilled by helping with coaching, doing setup/takedown at practices, volunteering at events, or by assisting with the administration of the program.

Parents who are interested in coaching or volunteering at events are encouraged to take a Silver Coach workshop and an Entry Level Officials Course.

Registration Pre-Requisites

In order to register in our Biathlon Bears program, you must meet the following prerequisites:

– at least one season of cross country skiing experience
– 2018/2019 membership with the Sea to Sky Nordics (memberships can be purchased starting in September)
– registration with Biathlon Canada as a “Recreational Athlete”
– no biathlon or shooting experience is required but prior participation in a biathlon camp, recreational biathlon race or demo day is recommended

Equipment Required

Participants are required to provide their own ski equipment (skis, boots, poles), for both skate and classic skiing. Equipment rentals are available through Whistler Olympic Park, Cypress, and local ski shops.

What is Included in the Program Fee

Program fees cover coaching, lane fees, ammunition, and use of club biathlon rifles.

Trail passes are not included in the program fee. Discount season passes to Whistler Olympic Park and Lost Lake can be purchased in connection with program registration. Trail passes to Cypress are not included in the program fee and must be purchased separately.

2018/2019 Schedule

Biathlon Bears starts on the weekend of November 24/25 and ends on the weekend of March 16/17. The program involves 2 training sessions per week: Weekends (choose between Saturdays or Sundays) and Wednesday evenings.

Saturdays and Sundays are at Whistler Olympic Park from 10:00-15:00.

Wednesdays are at Cypress from 18:30-20:00 or Whistler Olympic Park from 17:00-18:30.

Wednesdays (13 sessions): Dec 12,19, Jan 2,9,16,23,30, Feb 6,13,20,27, Mar 6,13
Saturdays (15 sessions): Nov 24, Dec 1,8,15, Jan 5,12,19,26, Feb 2,9,16,23, Mar 2,9,16
Sundays (15 sessions): Nov 25, Dec 2,9,16, Jan 6,13,20,27, Feb 3,10,17,24, Mar 3,10,17

2018/2019 Program Fees

Biathlon Bears program fee for Wednesdays and one weekend day: $400
Discount Seasons Pass to Whistler Olympic Park: $50
Discount Seasons Pass to Lost Lake: $50

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