The Bay Nordic Program

Bay Nordic building on the success of Project Illumination Phase I, Phase II is on target with another new addition to its programming – Biathlon. As part of Bay Nordic’s vision to make N.E.W. a desirable year-round community by promoting an active lifestyle through Nordic skiing for all age groups, the Biathlon fits in perfectly, winter and summer.

A USBA Biathlon Safety Certification Class will be held at the Brown County Reforestation Camp from 7:30 AM to 1:00 pm onOctober 14, 2017. This class will result in certification to participate in USBA open races. The class will cover biathlon safety, range procedures, race formats and shooting instruction. This course will also cover rifle selection and costs and the opportunity to shoot different rifles. Participants should dress appropriate to be outside for a good portion of the morning. The class will be help rain, snow or shine.  All specialized equipment and ammo will be provided.  Fees for the clinic are $50 for Adults and $25 for Middle and High School students (minimum age is 10). There will be an additional range fee charge of $10 for anyone wanting to shoot on the range after the course. Parents are welcome to accompany minors.

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Learning the ropes

What is Biathlon


Biathlon is the combination of cross country skiing and target shooting. Pictographs of Scandinavian hunters on skis have been dated back to 2000 BC. The first biathlon competition was recorded at the Sweden – Norwegian border in 1776. The Biathlon became an Olympic event for the 1924 Olympics in Chamonix, France. In 1978 the .22 caliber rifle became the official Biathlon rifle and Wisconsin held its first Biathlon event in 2009.


Practice Schedule

The Bay Nordic Biathlon program will be holding weekly Biathlon practice and instruction beginning on Wednesday October 4th and every Wednesday evening thereafter from 5:30 – Dusk at the Brown County Rifle Range located at 2227 Brown Road, Green Bay, WI. 54313.

Cost will be $20 per session, which includes instruction, range fees, ammo, use of club rifles, paper and competition targets, and related equipment. As dusk gets closer to 5:30 and snow comes we will eventually transition practice times to Saturday and/or Sunday during the day.

Instruction topics to be included are as follows:

Section 1 Gun Safety / Marksmanship
Lesson 1 Introduction to Shooting Sports, Firearms Range Rules and Gun Handling
Lesson 2 Dominant Eye, Sight Alignment and Marksmanship Techniques
Lesson 3 Shooting from the Prone Position with novice blocks
Lesson 4 Sight Adjustment, Zeroing
Section 2 Adaption to Biathlon shooting
Lesson 5 Prone Position with sling
Lesson 6 Standing Position
Lesson 7 Breath Control, shooting cadence

Many of these topics can be compressed into a few sessions as we are getting close to snow flying (hopefully!). This seems strange as I write this on the first day of Fall with 90 degree temps! Please RSVP to Brian Gustin at to let me know if you will be coming on October 4th so we know how many targets to set up.

Biathlon Committee

  • Brian Gustin (Chairman)
  • Paul Egelhoff
  • Gary Kozloski
  • Gregg Pattison
  • Jon Bartol
  • John Jones