Bears Air Rifle - Level 5 (Ages 10-14)


Bears Air Rifle is a program for athletes aged 10-14 and is for both athletes new to biathlon as well as returning athletes.  The program will be split into three based on skill as outlined below. Athletes will progress through the levels at their own pace and will be assigned a group by the coach.  Athletes will be challenged to complete each level.

  • Group 1 – Introduction to Biathlon. First year, no Experience, learn the FUNdamentals. Incorporate with appropriate cross country
    ski level, based upon ski skills.
  • Group 2 – Returning Biathletes interested in refining the FUNdamentals and potentially participating in local races. Incorporate with appropriate cross country ski level, based upon ski skills.
  • Group 3 – Transition from a rifle rest to Prone Cuff & Sling. Incorporate with appropriate cross country ski level, based upon ski skills.

The program will engage athletes in a fast paced and fun learning environment where they will learn the basic skills of precision shooting. Athletes will combine this knowledge with their skate skiing to participate in races within the team. 

Note: Biathlon is a sport of both precision shooting and cross-country skate skiing. At this stage of development (Learn to Train), there is a strong emphasis on skiing. It is a requirement that in order to participate in the Bears Air Rifle programs, athletes must be enrolled in one of Level 5 or Level 6 Ski Skills Development Programs. 


Level 4 Jackrabbits Or Level 5 Ski Skills Development

Race Schedule

Races for biathletes combine all the skills of precision shooting and skate skiing. At this development level, athletes participate in internal club racing with their teammates.

Athlete Equipment Requirements

  • Daisy .177 pellet air rifle is provided to the athletes for use during training
  • Access to appropriate skate skis and poles (owned or leased)
  • Access to early season rock skis 
  • Combi boots


  • Time: Sat 1:00 pm To 2:30 pm
  • Starts: October 29, 2022 Level 5
  • Ends: First Saturday of March break
  • Level 5 registration opens: September 1

Fees (Please review Athlete Equipment Requirements)

  • $450 for Level 5
  • plus $85 Range and Supply Fee – includes use of Daisy .177 pellet air rifle.
  • Biathletes must first register with Biathlon Canada on Zone4 before registering with Highlands Trailblazers biathlon program. To do so, please go to the Biathlon Canada Registration link via Zone4 in and maintain your receipt as you will need the invoice number to register for Highlands Trailblazers.