Youth Biathlon

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, 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 contact us via email.

2020-2021 Schedule of Events

Date - Location - Event

December 5th and 6th: Mt. Itasca - MN Cup #1&2     EVENT POSTPONED

December 13th: Mt. Itasca - MN Cup #3

December 20th: Blackhawk - WI Cup #1

January 10th: Green Bay - WI Cup #2

January 16th and 17th: Blackhawk - MN Cup #4&5

January 23rd: McMiller - WI Cup #3 

January 24th: Elk River - MN Cup #6

February 6th and 7th: McMiller - WI Cup #4

February 14th: Duluth - MN Cup #7

February 14th: Green Bay - WI Cup #5

February 27th and 28th: Birkie Weekend

March 6th: Elk River - MN Cup #8

March 7th: Blackhawk - WI Cup #6

March 13th and 14th: Mt. Itasca - MN Cup #9&10

March 24th-28th: West Yellowstone - USBA Nationals

Blackhawk Youth Biathlon Program

The opportunity to learn about and participate in biathlon is available to 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 early 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 and other range equipment. High School biathletes are expected to have their own ammunition. Participation in races will require additional fees paid directly by participant

Practices

Middle School practices are held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. High School practices will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

Adult Biathlon

Adult biathlon practices are held on Wednesday evenings. Adult participants are expected to have their own skis, rifle and ammunition.  Adults must be “red book” safety certified and a Blackhawk Ski Club member to participate in any adult practice at Blackhawk. Please visit the Biathlon page for more 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 contact us via email.

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