Junior Racers is an advanced skills development program for experienced skiers ages 10-12 who are passionate about Biathlon and consider it their primary winter sport activity.
This program is designed to develop and refine skiing skills including speed, power and aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility, and to develop a basic foundation of shooting skills. At this age participants are expected to train up to 3 times per week, including training on their own. Athletes in this age group will participate in 4-8 competitions during the winter season, including travel to one or two away BC Cup events during the winter.
Parent involvement is a required part of our Junior Racers program. This requirement can be fulfilled by helping with coaching, doing setup/takedown at practices or by assisting with the administration of the program. Parent assistance will be required at all biathlon competitions at Whistler Olympic Park.
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 Junior Racers program, you must meet the following prerequisites:
– previous participation in our Biathlon Bears or Junior Racers program, or equivalent experience
– membership with the Sea to Sky Nordics (memberships can be purchased starting in May)
– register with Biathlon Canada as a “Recreational Athlete”
Schedule and Dates
The 2019/2020 season for Junior Racers will begin in September.
Dryland training opportunities for athletes ages 10-12 will be available through our Camps.
2019/2020 program fees will be confirmed.
Program fees cover coaching, ammunition and lane fees at training sessions.
Trail passes are not included in the program fee. Discount season passes to Whistler Olympic Park and Lost Lake are not included in the program fee but can be purchased in connection with program registration. Trail passes to Cypress are not included in the program fee and must be purchased separately.
Junior Racers must provide their own ski equipment. Skate skiing and classic skiing equipment is required.
Skate roller skis are required, with roller ski pole tips, bike helmet, and high-visibility clothing/vest.