Bay Nordic Biathlon offers skiers ages 12 and up the opportunity to train and compete in the Olympic sport of biathlon, which combines skate skiing with precision target shooting. As part of Bay Nordic’s vision to make NE Wisconsin a desirable year-round community by promoting an active lifestyle through Nordic skiing for all age groups, our biathlon program fits in perfectly, for both winter and summer events.

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.

The Bay Nordic Biathlon program continues to evolve and grow. As a ski club we encourage adults and youth ages 12 and above to consider Biathlon as a year-around activity. In addition to snow skiing, Bay Nordic Biathlon offers off-season “no-sno” biathlon events which feature running, mountain biking, roller-skiing, and various combinations.

We are excited to have access to two biathlon facilities for the 2022/23 Season. Our “legacy” range is located at the Brown County Rifle Range, which is directly adjacent to the Oaks ski trail at the Reforestation Camp in Suamico. Access to the range directly is off of the Brown Road exit on I-41. Turn left at the exit and proceed for one mile where the road curves sharply to the right. At this curve make a sharp left and you will see a dirt road and a gate. Proceed through the gate and follow this to the parking area of the rifle range.

And we are excited to announce that for the 2022/23 Season Bay Nordic Biathlon will be siting weekday practices and competitions/classes at the state-of-the-art Ariens Nordic Center in Brillion, Wisconsin. This new world-class facility features lighted and professionally-groomed ski trails, a full 20-point biathlon shooting range, and access to off-season paved trails for rollerskiing.

Bay Nordic Biathlon maintains all athlete/parent communications via TeamSnap, including a schedule of all events, team member chat/engagement, training resources, competition leaderboard tracking, our team’s music playlist. All registrations and invoicing is also done exclusively through TeamSnap app.

Register for Our Intro to Biathlon Course

Bay Nordic offers new athletes the opportunity to experience the “Intro to Biathlon – Give it a Shot!” program.

This 4-course introduction to biathlon and is intended to give skiers ages 12 and up at all ability levels the opportunity to experience this challenging Olympic sport. The course is intended to run over 4 consecutive weeks (YOU CHOOSE TUESDAYS OR WEDNESDAYS) and will offer LIVE hands-on training on the following topics:

  • Biathlon Code of Conduct
  • Introduction to the biathlon rifle, including handling and safety
  • How to practice both dry-fire drills (no ammo) and with live ammo
  • How to load, unload, and securely store your rifle/ammunition
  • How a biathlon target works
  • Finding your natural point of aim and zeroing in on your target
  • Getting on and off the mat quickly and safely
  • Race mechanics and overall strategy
  • Steps to control your heartbeat and breathing when shooting
  • Joining a team and participating in the NE Wisconsin biathlon community

The first three sessions will cover all the topics listed above. The fourth and final session will stage a LIVE biathlon competition where you will have an opportunity to compete against your fellow classmates (with prizes, kudos, and a competitor’s podium).

This course will prepare you to complete the U.S. Biathlon Association’s “Red Book Certification” course, which is required to ski and compete while carrying your rifle on your back. It will also help you determine if biathlon is a sport that you’d like to continue with, it will introduce you to biathlon-specific coaching resources in NW Wisconsin, and will set you on a path to compete at biathlon on a local, state, regional, national and international level.

COST: $105 for the complete 4-session course. Includes use of biathlon rifles, ammo, coaching, access to both biathlon range and ski course, access to Bay Nordic Biathlon’s TeamSnap app (community, calendar, training resources, team chat), and more.

When:

TUESDAY SESSIONS begin February 14, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Where:

Ariens Nordic Center, Brillion Wisconsin

Practice Schedule

Team practices are scheduled for Tuesday evenings beginning promptly at 6:00 PM at the Ariens Nordic Center (Brillion) and Sunday’s at 9:00 AM at the Brown County Rifle Range (Suamico). Participants are encouraged to bring poles (and skis when there is snow).

Athletes are trained by experienced coaches with deep experience in the sport of Biathlon. Annual member dues are $240 and cover both in-season training as well as off-season events/practices. Dues include instruction, range fees, ammo, use of club rifles, paper and competition targets, and related equipment.

Biathlon Committee

  • Brian Gustin (Chair, Founder, Coaching)
  • Jeff Hahn (Admin, Leadership)
  • Gregg Pattison (Coaching, Range Master)
  • Mark Scheffler (New Members, Club Manager)
  • Jon Bartol (Range Master)