Biathlon Bears

biathlon bears

The Biathlon Bears program is an introductory program to the sport of biathlon for youth aged 11 to 14.  Kids younger than 11 are encouraged to register in Nordic ski programs to learn or develop their skiing abilities and ski technique before joining the Biathlon Bears program.  The Biathlon Bears program is designed to teach the basics of marksmanship using air rifles.  The Biathlon Bears Program has an elaborate badge system that rewards participants for individual successes and improvements in shooting accuracy and skiing skills. There are two sessions offered per year, each of 10 weeks each, running in Fall and Winter.

The Racing Bears program is offered to athletes aged 12 to 14 who have completed at least 2 Biathlon Bear Program sessions and are interested in competing in Jeux du Québec and the Coupe Québec race circuit.  This program is offered in three sessions per year: Spring/Summer Session, Fall and Winter.

Those registering for a Bears program are recommended to also sign up for a Nordic ski program, as ski technique is not taught during the biathlon sessions.  The Track Attack ski program is recommended for Racing Bears.

Biathletes must also first register with Biathlon Canada before registering with Chelsea Nordiq. Bears should select the category “Recreational”.  Racing Bears should select the category “Athlete: Junior Boy/Girl or younger”.  To do so, please go here Biathlon Canada Registration and maintain your receipt as you will need the number to register for Chelsea Nordiq. If you have any additional questions, contact the Program Coordinator.
For more information, please visit Biathlon Canada’s website.
Registration for the Fall/Winter program for Racing Bears opens around the end of August.   Refer to our program page for specific dates.
  • What we do?
    • Improve marksmanship
    • Biathlon Rifle Racing Program (Racing Bears)
    • Aerobic training
      • running until the snow flies, then skate skiing
      • strength
  • Where is the range?
    The range is at Camp Fortune (Ch. Dunlop, Chelsea, QC).
  • Practice times?
    Biathlon Bears
    Fall Session:  Sundays from 10:00 to 11:00 am, October 2nd to December 4th.
    Winter Session:  Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, dates TBD
    Racing Bears
    Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • What are the costs?

    To participate in any program, each family must join Chelsea Nordiq.  The annual family membership fee covers the year – September through September.
    It is strongly recommended that biathletes wishing to compete also register for a Track Attack ski program.
    To participate in a Chelsea Nordiq Biathlon program, athletes must join Biathlon Canada at a cost of approximately $80 for Biathlon Racers per season.

  • How to pay?
    Register and pay on-line starting in early September at PROGRAMS.
  • What equipment is provided?

    Air Rifle
    Targets and paper targets

  • What equipment do I need to bring?


    • Running shoes
    • Sports clothes – no cotton
    • Gloves
    • Toque
    • Poles
    • Your own biathlon rifle (optional for beginners)


    If no snow:

    • running shoes

    If snow:

    • skate skis
    • boots
    • Sports clothes – no cotton
    • Gloves
    • Toque
    • Poles
    • Your own biathlon rifle (optional for beginners)
  • How do I find out about other events?
    Biathlon hosted races and Open Houses (where people can try biathlon) are posted on the Club’s Event page.

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