BIATHLON PROGRAMS

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.

  • Black Bears is a program for children aged 9-12 that wish pursue the sport further including attending local races
  • The Racing Bears 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 Biathlon Development 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 Senior Development 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.

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.


BLACK BEARS 

This is an entry level program for athletes who have graduated from the Jack Rabbits Nordic-skiing program or have demonstrated ski skills to the Track Attack Lead Coach 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 Cross Country ski program. Range training will be delivered as a separate session at the end of each skiing practice. 

RACING BEARS

Highlands Trailblazers Racing Bears is comprised of athletes that compete at the local and divisional level, have the desire to compete at the Provincial Championships, and who focus on training and learning. The aim of the Trailblazers organization is to develop competent technical skiers and well balanced athletes. Our Head Coach oversees a number of other qualified coaches who deliver training programs to the athletes. 

BIATHLON DEVELOPMENT AIR: Ages 13-14 and Ages 14-15

Highlands Trailblazers Development Air Rifle Biathlon Team is comprised of athletes that compete at the provincial level, have the desire to compete at the Provincial Championships, and who focus on training and learning to be competitive.

The aim of the Trailblazers organization is to develop competent technical skiers and well balanced athletes ranging in age from 14 to 20. Our Head Coach oversees a number of other qualified coaches who deliver training programs to the athletes.

  • Competition Air Grade 8 and Daisies must register for Junior Devo
  • Competition Air Grade 9 must register for Sr Devo

Athletes participating in the Biathlon Development Programs will also need to purchase the appropriate race licenses from sport organizing bodies (Biathlon Canada, Biathlon Ontario) 

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Highlands Trailblazers Sr Devo .22-rifle Biathlon Team is comprised of athletes that compete at the provincial level, have the desire to compete nationally at National Championships and who focus on training and learning. The aim of the Trailblazers organization is to develop competent technical skiers and well balanced athletes ranging in age from 14 to 20. Our Head Coach oversees a number of other qualified coaches who deliver training programs to the athletes. 

 


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • A Biathlon Ontario and Biathlon Canada Recreational Athlete Membership Required
  • Individual 2021/2022 Biathlon Canada Registration will be available via www.zone4.com
  • Trail passes - valid only during the weekly sessions - are included in Jackrabbit, Bunnies, Chipmunks, Track Attack and Black Bears fees. If registrants ski at other times, they will need a season or day pass.
  • Note: Highlands Nordic is separate from the Highlands Trailblazers although they work closely together. For information on seasons passes, trail passes, seasonal leases, rentals and ProShop please visit www.highlandsnordic.ca

​SERVICE HOURS PROGRAM

Please review the details of the service hours program for parents and athletes.