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 and Hayward.
The goal of the Blackhawk biathlon program is to provide adult and youth club members with the opportunity to participate in winter biathlon, which combines cross country skiing and target shooting. Participants have included novices with no prior experience and experienced biathletes including US World Cup and Olympic biathletes. The biathlon venue at Blackhawk provides a safe reliable place to practice and race and is one of the few sites in the U.S.A. that also has manmade snow and lights. In Fall 2018, club members completed a new shelter at the biathlon venue for training, races and storing equipment. A big thanks to all who donated funds and helped with planning and construction.
The Blackhawk biathlon area is open to club members when participating in practices, involved in introduction to biathlon sessions or races. The 50-meter biathlon area includes lighting for evening practices and is connected to the manmade snow network of trails. Club members interested in use of the 50-meter shooting area need prior biathlon safety certification or 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.
If you are interested in helping with the biathlon activities, construction and maintenance of the shooting area and trails, or you want to try biathlon, please send us an email.
2018-2019 Schedule of Events
The Blackhawk Biathlon race schedule is currently being developed in conjunction with other biathlon clubs and USBA.
Blackhawk Youth Biathlon Program
The opportunity to learn about and participate in biathlon is available to Blackhawk members who are also enrolled in a Middle School or High School cross-country ski racing program at Blackhawk or another club/school. For more information about the Blackhawk Nordic Ski Team, click here.
Youth must demonstrate the mental and physical maturity to handle a biathlon rifle to be in the program. The program is led by Mark Torresani who is a certified USBA Coach.
The Middle School program is geared towards teaching basic biathlon skills including safety. The cost of the middle school program is $150 and lasts from October through March. The fee includes coaching, ammunition, use of a biathlon rifle at practice and other range equipment. Participation in races may require additional fees paid directly by participant.
The High School biathlon program is for biathletes with previous experience in biathlon races and are planning to participate in biathlon races. High School biathletes need to be physically strong enough to shoot standing and ski with a rifle. All participants in the high school biathlon program will need to have their own biathlon rifle or lease a biathlon rifle from Blackhawk. A very limited number of club rifles are available for lease by youth in the high school program for a fee of $250 for the season. Biathletes leasing a rifle are expected to maintain the rifle and return it in good condition and cleaned. The cost of the high school biathlon program is $100 and lasts from October through March. The fee includes coaching, ammunition for practices and other range equipment. Participation in races will require additional fees paid directly by participant
Middle School, High School and Adult practice with coaching is held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM during the months of October and November. December through March, Middle School practices will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 PM and High School practices will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.
Additional adult biathlon practices through the fall and winter are generally held on Wednesday or Thursday evening, as well as most Sunday afternoons as racing and range marshal schedules allow. In general, adult participants are expected to have their own skis and rifle. Again, you must be “red book” safety certified and a Blackhawk Ski Club member to participate in any adult practice at Blackhawk.
Biathlon races will be coordinated with Wisconsin Biathlon Association (www.wisconsinbiathlon.com) and Minnesota Biathlon (minnesotabiathlon.com). There usually are a total of five biathlon races per season in Wisconsin starting in December and lasting to mid-March. Race results are posted at https://www.webscorer.com/wibiathlon
A Biathlon Safety certification class often is held at McMiller Range through WI biathlon in early/mid December - please see their web site for announcement and details. Participants who pass this course this will receive a United States Biathlon Association (USBA) Red Book and be allowed to enter open USBA races. Without this certification biathlon participants need to participate as a novice where the rifle is left at the shooting station. The cost of the clinic is usually around $30 for youth and $50 for adults.
Please visit the Biathlon page for more information.
For more information about the Blackhawk biathlon programs, please contact us via email.