Biathlon Development Program 
Ages 12-14


The Biathlon Development Program is for athletes 12-14 years old who have completed Racing Bears. Athletes in this program wish to continue building both their precision shooting and Biathlon racing skills. 

The Program will work with athletes to refine their prone precision shooting skills with an air rifle and expand the scope of their racing skills with increased participation at local and regional Biathlon races. 

It is expected that exiting this program, Biathlon Development Program athletes will be well trained in the fundamentals of precision shooting and biathlon racing. The next step for athletes is to join HTB's Senior Development racing team.

Biathlon is a sport of both precision shooting and cross-country skate skiing. At this age group (Train to Train), there is still a strong emphasis on skiing. It is a requirement that in order to participate in the Biathlon Development Program, athletes must be enrolled in Junior Development Cross Country Ski.

Completion of Jackrabbit levels or LEAD coach's assessment is required for participation, based on skill (beginning of weight shift, balance on skis, good offset, beginning of 1 and 2 skate) and physical capacity development (can “keep up” with group or desire to improve and be part of the team and displays a positive attitude in line with T.E.A.M. values).). If athletes have not completed Jackrabbit programs, they will automatically be placed in a pre-Track Attack group until skills are adequate to take part in the full program. This will take place within the Jr Devo practices.


Race Schedule

Races for biathletes combine all the skills of precision shooting and skate skiing. At this development level, coaches will provide a schedule of both mandatory and optional local and regional races. Race schedule includes Snickers (hosted by HTB), Chelsea Q-cup (Ottawa), Ontario Air Rifle Championships (location TBD), ValCartier Q-cup (Quebec) and other races recommended by their coach. Athletes may also participate in SOD Paraffin series Cross Country races, schedule permitting.

Athlete Equipment Requirements

  • Air Arms S400 .177 pellet air rifle, (owned or leased from HTB) 
  • Access to appropriate skate skis and poles (owned or leased)
  • Access to early season rock skis 
  • Skate boots


  • Time (Mandatory) - Saturdays and Sundays 12:45 pm To 2:45 pm
  • Starts: September 11, 2021
  • Ends: First Saturday of March break 2022

* Weekend camps during the summer are offered pending coaching and volunteer availability. 

Fees (Please review Athlete Equipment Requirements)

  • Competition Air Rifle program fees are included in the Junior Development fees of $800.00* (Price increases by $25 on July 17).
    • There is NOT a separate fee for the Competition Air Rifle program
  • $85 Range Fee 
  • $125 lease fee for Air Arms S400 .177 pellet air rifle
  • Biathletes must first register with Biathlon Canada on Zone4 before registering with Highlands Trailblazers Biathlon program. To do so, please follow the Biathlon Canada Registration link in May and maintain your receipt as you will need the invoice number to register for Highlands Trailblazers.
  • *Registrants in the HTB competition teams (Cross Country & Biathlon) and Junior Development must purchase a season pass from Highlands Nordic.
  • Training camps
  • Travel and accommodation to events
  • Race entry fees
  • Coaching & Waxing fees for large events as cost recovery