The ENSC Biathlon Bears program is for beginners, teaching the basic skills of air rifle safety and marksmanship, as well as skate skiing, in a safe and motivating environment. The Bears program aims to develop the enjoyment of Biathlon, focusing on team building and having fun, for both first time skiers, as well as challenging returning Bears. No previous skiing or shooting experience is necessary. Athletes are encouraged to compete in the Air Rifles divisions at local and provincial events.
Air Rifle 1: Bears AR1 will shoot with a rest on big targets (35mm). Through the Biathlon Bears programs, a combination of skiing and shooting instruction is given, with the emphasis on enjoyment and fundamental skill development.
Air Rifle 2: This program is designed for returning Bears, looking to improve their fitness and skills previously experienced in AR 1. AR2s will still shoot with a rest, but on smaller targets(15mm). This group will focus on appropriate ski and shooting techniques, to prepare the participants for advancing to the .22 caliber rifle program.
Age Range: under 15
Fall Session: October – Christmas Break (11 weeks)
Winter Session: January – March (weather permitting) (11 weeks)
Schedule: Wednesdays 6:30-8:00PM and/or Saturdays 10:00AM-11:30PM.
- 1-Day: $100/ Fall or Winter session
- 2-Day: $200/Fall or Winter session
- Plus ENSC membership
- Plus Biathlon Alberta membership (currently $10)
Equipment: Air rifle and ammunition provided. Skate skis, boots & poles provided by the athlete. Ski rentals are available through ENSC.
Location: Biathlon practices are held at the Edmonton Nordic Biathlon Centre @ Strathcona Science Park.
Biathlon Alberta Membership: It is very important that all biathlon athletes, coaches, volunteers and officials are active members of Biathlon Alberta. Register here