Biathlon Bears is a progressive skills development program for youth ages 9-13.
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.
In order to register in our Biathlon Bears program, you must meet the following prerequisites:
– at least one season of cross country skiing experience
– membership with the Sea to Sky Nordics (memberships can be purchased starting in May)
– 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
Schedule and Dates
The 2019/2020 Biathlon Bears season will begin in December. Details about the program will be announced later this summer.
2019/2020 program fees will be confirmed.
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.
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.