Biathlon

****ANNOUNCEMENT:  WORK DAY DECEMBER 3 @ 9AM ****

All biathlon members (youth and adults) are asked to participate in a work day on December 3rd at the biathlon hut to begin clearing the Twin Valley Extension trail. 

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ADULT PRACTICES ARE HELD AT THE BLACKHAWK BIATHLON CHALET FROM 7-8:30PM (EVERY WEDNESDAY)

The biathlon program at Blackhawk Ski Club has grown from a small group of participants to the leader in expanding biathlon opportunities to youth and adults in Wisconsin and surrounding States. Recent events have included races, shooting and safety clinics, and helping biathlon programs get started in Green Bay, Hayward, and Iola.

The Blackhawk biathlon area is open to club members when participating in practices, introduction to biathlon sessions, or races. The 50-meter biathlon area includes lighting for evening practices and is connected to the man-made snow network of trails. Club members interested in use of the 50-meter shooting area need prior biathlon safety certification or to be involved in an organized club biathlon activity.

The use of the Blackhawk biathlon area and equipment is restricted to biathlon practice and races in the presence of an authorized Blackhawk Ski Club Range Marshal. No free shooting or non-biathlon shooting is allowed at Blackhawk Ski Club.

Want to try biathlon?

The region hosts "novice" events throughout the season. You are able to try out biathlon without any prior experience. Your entrance fee will include instruction, a volunteer to help you on the range, a loaner rifle and ammunition. You will not be able to practice shooting at the club and you will not be allowed to carry your rifle during the event. You are allowed to ski with the team during practices if you have not met the criteria below.

Become of fully authorized Blackhawk Biathlete - What do you need to do?

Step 1: Join Blackhawk in the limited or full membership category. See the membership page for information. 

Step 2: Complete the Redbook class on 12 or 13th November 2022. You MUST have your redbook class in order to participate in shooting practices at Blackhawk. You may participate in ski practice.

Step 3: Pay your United States Biathlon annual membership fee. You will sign up as a competitor. 

Step 4: Join the blackhawk-biathlon@googlegroups.com to receive updates on practices or event changes.

Step 5: Starting in December, plan to join us for regular practice from 7-830 pm on Wednesdays. There are club rifles, but they are typically allocated to youth first. If you are new, other members will typically allow you to try their rifles. During the first practices, existing members will typically also provide you with some of heir ammunition. After a few practices, you should plan on buying your own ammunition and also making plans to borrow or use a loaner rifle. You can discuss this during your first practices.

Step 6: Sign up for your first event!

*If you still have questions, send them to neighari@gmail.com and torresanimark@gmail.com.

Other Events

RED BOOK - ALL REDBOOK DATES FOR THE 2022/2023 SEASON ARE COMPLETE

2022-2023 Schedule of Events

Date - Location - Event*

4 Dec 2022: MN Cup #1 Sunday only - Mt Itasca, MN

10-11th Dec 2022: Regional Race #1 & #2 - Mt. Itasca, MN

18th Dec 2022: National Guard - Camp Ripley, MN

18th Dec 2022: Wisconsin Cup #1 - Blackhawk Ski Club, Madison, WI

26th Dec - 1 Jan 2023: Youth & Junior Trials - Anchorage, AK

8th Jan 2023: Wisconsin Cup #2 - McMiller, WI

12-22nd Jan 2023: World University Games - Lake Placid, NY

14-15th Jan 2023: National Guard Regionals - Camp Ripley, MN

14-15th Jan 2023: Regional Race #3 & #4 - Blackhawk Ski Club, Madison, WI

22nd Jan 2023: MN Cup #4 - Elk River, MN

22nd Jan 2023: Wisconsin Cup #5 - McMiller, WI

29th Jan 2023: Regional Race #5 - Elk River, MN

5th Feb 2023: Wisconsin Cup #6 - McMiller, WI

12th Feb 2023: Wisconsin Cup #7 - Green Bay, WI or Ariens Nordic Center

19th Feb 2023: MN Cup #6 - Elk River, MN

22-26th Feb 2023: American Birkebeiner - Hayward, WI

22 Feb - 2 March 2023: Youth and Junior Worlds

4th March 2023: MN Cup #7 - Duluth, MN

5th March 2023: Wisconsin Cup #8 - Blackhawk Ski Club, Madison, WI

11-12th March 2023: Regional Races #6 & #7 - Ariens Nordic Center

18th March 2023: MN Cup #8 - Mt. Itasca, MN

23-27th March 2023: USBA Nationals

*Race dates and location are subject to change based on snow and weather conditions. Confirm race details posted by the host biathlon club.

Practices

Adult practices will be starting soon. Stay tuned. Generally, adult biathlon practices will be held on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting. Adult participants are expected to have their own skis, rifle, and ammunition. We hope to have a few club rifles available for new members. Adults must be “red book” safety certified and a Blackhawk Ski Club member to participate in any adult practice at Blackhawk.

Please contact Paulkulas13.gmail.com or Mark.Torresani@blackhawkskiclub.org for additional information.

USBA Certification

USBA membership is required to participate in practices and races at Blackhawk. To participate in races or adult practices, USBA safety certification is required. Biathlon Safety Clinics are typically offered in December and April. Watch the Blackhawk calendar of events for the next scheduled safety clinic. USBA memberships are from $15 to $75 and are available at:

https://www.teamusa.org/us-biathlon/membership/join-usba-online

For more information about the Blackhawk biathlon programs, please mark.torresani@blackhawkskiclub.org.

 

Blackhawk Youth Biathlon Program

Please visit the Youth Biathlon page for more information.

 

Tune in here for early season announcements!

***TWIN VALLEY FARMS EXTENSION***

With a huge sense of appreciation, we are excited to announce approval for the extension of the biathlon trail to our neighbors property to the southwest of the range. Eventually, we will add 1.5K of rolling terrain to the existing trail. The extension will only be accessible for Blackhawk biathlon members who are also USBA members. You may not use this extension if you are not both BH and USBA members due to insurance requirements. 

JOIN US FOR A WORK DAY DECEMBER 3 @ 9AM 

All biathlon members (youth and adults) are asked to participate in a work day on December 3rd at the biathlon hut to begin clearing the trail for the extension.