The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club Competitive Youth Team have joined the CR Gun club as members and are grateful to be able to train year-round at the CR Gun Club indoor range on Monday evenings to support their training in the sport of Biathlon.
Biathlon is a challenging winter sport combining bouts of .22 caliber rifle shooting on a 50 m range in both prone and standing positions, with cross country skiing, using the skating technique.
The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club is based in the beautiful nordic ski area of Mt. Washington Alpine Resort. Mt. Washington has over 55 km of groomed trails that cover a variety of terrain, much of it in, or overlooking spectacular Strathcona Provincial Park. The club boasts one of the best, fully-automated ranges on Vancouver Island with 26 shooting lanes. In partnership with the Strathcona Nordics Ski Club, who offer excellent ski instruction through their programs, the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club offers 3 different programs depending on age and competition level, as well as day programs and twice a season a Give It A Shot! opportunity for anyone interested in trying it out. Check out www.vibiathlon.ca for more details. We encourage CR Gun Club members to come try Give It A Shot!, or join our programs.
The Biathlon Bears program is directed at cross country skiers aged 9 to 14 who have at least one or more years of skiing experience, and who wish to continue their skill development through the exciting and challenging sport of biathlon. This program teaches the basic skills of biathlon in a safe and fun environment through a variety of drills, games and relays. The program runs January – March on Saturday afternoons.
The Masters program is directed at cross country skiers aged 15+ who have at least one or more years of skiing experience, and who wish to continue their skill development through the exciting and challenging sport of biathlon. This program teaches the basic skills of biathlon while building confidence with skiing and shooting skills and to provide a fun introduction to a fantastic and challenging sport. The program runs January – March on Saturday mornings.
The Competitive Youth Biathlon program is directed at cross country skiers aged 13 to 18 who are interested in further developing their skiing and shooting skills through year-round training, and have a desire to compete at regional or higher levels. This program is suitable for athletes who have graduated from the Biathlon Bears Program and who have a strong skiing background. Athletes in the Competitive Youth Program should have either completed the Strathcona Nordics Ski Club DEVO Team program and/or are currently training with the Junior Racing Team.
Contact the Section Director (directory here) for additional information or questions.