Biathlon Bears

biathlon bears



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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 will participate in the registrants respective age group in nordic skiing either in a Track Attack or Adventure program and will practice shooting in condensed blocks. Our goal with this program is to provide an excellent introduction to the sport of biathlon with focused skiing and shooting practices.

Skiing schedule:
Track Attack Midget aged athletes (aged 12 and 13 as of 31 December) usually train as follows:
Tuesday18:30 – 20:00
Thursday18:30 – 20:00
Saturday10:00 – 12:00 *On occasion, a three hour training session will be offered, beginning at 9:00 am. Please check the training site for locations and start times.
Track Attack Peewee aged athletes (age 11 as of December 31st) usually train as follows:
Saturday10:00 – 12:00
Thursday18:30 – 20:00
Tuesday (periodically): 18:30 – 20:00

Shooting Schedule:
Shooting practices will happen less frequently then nordic skiing & adventure practices. There will be 2 sessions throughout the fall as an introduction to air rifle safety, biathlon rules and regulations & the principles of shooting. The sessions will last 2-3 hours in length. During the race season there will be recap sessions during the week leading up to a race weekend.

Sessions: [please note that the Training page will contain most up to date information for these sessions] Saturday October 7th1-3pm
Saturday October 28th1-4pm (open house to all chelsea nordiq)
November 25th1-3pm
January 2nd, 3rd, 4th, afternoon sessions.
January 10th6 – 8pm (race weekend prep)
January 17th6 – 8pm (race weekend prep)
February 21st6 – 8pm (chelsea race weekend prep)

The Racing Bears program is offered to athletes aged 14 (as of December 31st / last year of air rifle) by invitation of coach.  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 Nordic Race 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?
    For Biathlon bears, see program description above.
    For Racing bears:
    Sunday 13 h to 15 h
    Wednesday 18 h to 20 h
  • What are the costs?

    To participate in any program, you must join Chelsea Nordiq.  The annual membership fee (same for individuals or families) covers the year – September through September.

    For the shooting sessions registration, cost is approximately $190
    It is strongly recommended that biathletes wishing to compete also register for a Track Attack ski program (see Program page for latest fees)
    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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