Combining Cross Country Skiing and Target Shooting
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 give club members the opportunity to participate in winter biathlon which combines cross country skiing and target shooting. Participants in the past have included novices with no prior experience to experienced biathletes intent on making the national and Olympic teams. The biathlon venue at Blackhawk provides a safe reliable place to practice and race. The Blackhawk biathlon venue is one of the few sites in the United States that also has manmade snow and lights. This program has grown over the past 10 years and will include 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.
During the year the opportunity to learn about and participate in biathlon will be available to Blackhawk members including those enrolled in the youth, Middle School, and High School Nordic programs.
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, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To enroll in the Youth Biathlon program participants must also be signed up and active with the middle school or high school Nordic ski teams. Youth must demonstrate the mental and physical maturity to handle a biathlon rifle. The program is led by Mark Torresani who is a certified USBA Coach. The cost of the youth program is $100 and lasts from mid-September through March. The fee includes the use of club rifles, ammunition, and other range equipment. Participation in races will be an additional fee.
All adult participants must be members of Blackhawk Ski Club and need to have previously completed a biathlon safety training program (the Red Book course) prior to use of the biathlon facilities and equipment. The one and ONLY exception is involvement in an introduction to biathlon event (“novice race”) at Blackhawk.
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.
Youth and Adult practice with coaching will usually be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 PM with time trials occurring after practice as interest and weather conditions allow. There are a very limited number of club rifles to use for youth practices and novice races. Coaching and the use of club rifles at Tuesday evening practices will be given to youth biathletes.
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 Minnesota Biathlon and Wisconsin Biathlon Club at www.wisconsinbiathlon.com. There usually are a total of five biathlon races per season in Wisconsin starting in December and lasting to mid-March. It is expected that races will be held during the 2017 / 2018 season in Green Bay, Eagle (McMiller Range), Hayward, and at Blackhawk Ski Club. There will be an opportunity for youth and adults to travel to Mt Itasca, MN as the Blackhawk Biathlon team for a weekend of races this season.
A Biathlon Safety certification class often is held at McMiller Range through WI biathlon in early/mid December. Please see their 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 around $30 for youth and $50 for adults.
Youth Program: $100
Adults: There is the expectation that adults participating in the biathlon program will make a donation to the Blackhawk Biathlon program. A fundraising effort is underway for the new biathlon shelter and to obtain better equipment at the range and for the youth program. Blackhawk is a 501C3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.
An annual or daily membership in US Biathlon is required to participate in races and practices.
Private lesson including USBA Red Book Safety Certification and rifle fitting $450
Must have your own Biathlon specific rifle
Must have proof of USBA membership
Availability for private instruction is very limited
Contact Mark Torresani at Torresanimark@gmail.com
For more information
For more information about these programs, please contact us via email.
Race schedule and results
All results can be found linking from this page: https://www.webscorer.com/wibiathlon (see clicky link below, or cut and paste here)
The race schedule for 2018/19 is:
Other important race dates
See http://minnesotabiathlon.com/ for their full schedule.
We are building a new biathlon shelter this summer/fall, stay tuned for announcements of which weekends we will be building. All labor will be volunteer. Please also consider a donation to help fund the project.
Red Book Safety Certification: Everyone who competes will need this certification prior to competing (unless it’s in one of the novice races). Blackhawk will host a Red Book safety course on April 29th, 2018 at Blackhawk Ski club. Email the link above to get the course brochure and for more information.
There usually is a red book course at McMiller range in December through Wisconsin Biathlon. This will be announced by Wisconsin Biathlon as the time approaches.
A novice event for those with no prior biathlon experience will occur a couple times each season. Watch for emails and notifications to register for these races about a week before the race date.
All results are listed under WI Biathlon Association on Webscorer.com
SEASON SERIES WINNERS:
2015/16 winners announced here: Series_Shooting_2015 updated
2016/17 winners announced here: 2016 2017 Race Series Winners