IT'S TIME FOR THE 2022/2023 SEASON.....JOIN US!
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, introduction to biathlon sessions, or races. The 50-meter biathlon area includes lighting for evening practices and is connected to the man-made snow network of trails. Club members interested in use of the 50-meter shooting area need prior biathlon safety certification or to 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.
Want to try biathlon?
The region hosts "novice" events throughout the season. You are able to try out biathlon without any prior experience. Your entrance fee will include instruction, a volunteer to help you on the range, a loaner rifle and ammunition. You will not be able to practice shooting at the club and you will not be allowed to carry your rifle during the event. You are allowed to ski with the team during practices if you have not met the criteria below.
Become of fully authorized Blackhawk Biathlete - What do you need to do?
Step 1: Join Blackhawk in the limited or full membership category. See the membership page for information.
Step 2: Complete the Redbook class on 12 November 2022. You MUST have your redbook class in order to participate in shooting practices at Blackhawk. You may participate in ski practice.
Step 3: Pay your United States Biathlon annual membership fee. You will sign up as a competitor.
Step 4: Join the firstname.lastname@example.org to receive updates on practices or event changes.
Step 5: Starting in December, plan to join us for regular practice from 7-830 pm on Wednesdays. There are club rifles, but they are typically allocated to youth first. If you are new, other members will typically allow you to try their rifles. During the first practices, existing members will typically also provide you with some of heir ammunition. After a few practices, you should plan on buying your own ammunition and also making plans to borrow or use a loaner rifle. You can discuss this during your first practices.
Step 6: Sign up for your first event!
18 Sept 2022: Blackhawk Open House and New Member Event (1-3pm West Chalet)
RED BOOK CLASS: Saturday 12th Nov 2022: We expect this to be the only local red book class. You must complete the redbook course at least once to practice. The class will be held in the West Chalet at the top of the hill 9am-1pm. There will be an on range component and a work day, so come prepared to be outside. A Webscorer registration will be available here prior to the event.
2022-2023 Schedule of Events
Date - Location - Event*
4 Dec 2022: MN Cup #1 Sunday only - Mt Itasca, MN
10-11th Dec 2022: Regional Race #1 & #2 - Mt. Itasca, MN
18th Dec 2022: National Guard - Camp Ripley, MN
18th Dec 2022: Wisconsin Cup #1 - Blackhawk Ski Club, Madison, WI
26th Dec - 1 Jan 2023: Youth & Junior Trials - Anchorage, AK
8th Jan 2023: Wisconsin Cup #2 - Ariens Nordic Center
12-22nd Jan 2023: World University Games - Lake Placid, NY
14-15th Jan 2023: National Guard Regionals - Camp Ripley, MN
14-15th Jan 2023: Regional Race #3 & #4 - Blackhawk Ski Club, Madison, WI
22nd Jan 2023: MN Cup #4 - Elk River, MN
22nd Jan 2023: Wisconsin Cup #5 - McMiller, WI
29th Jan 2023: Regional Race #5 - Elk River, MN
5th Feb 2023: Wisconsin Cup #6 - McMiller, WI
12th Feb 2023: Wisconsin Cup #7 - Green Bay, WI or Ariens Nordic Center
19th Feb 2023: MN Cup #6 - Elk River, MN
22-26th Feb 2023: American Birkebeiner - Hayward, WI
22 Feb - 2 March 2023: Youth and Junior Worlds
4th March 2023: MN Cup #7 - Duluth, MN
5th March 2023: Wisconsin Cup #8 - Blackhawk Ski Club, Madison, WI
11-12th March 2023: Regional Races #6 & #7 - Ariens Nordic Center
18th March 2023: MN Cup #8 - Mt. Itasca, MN
23-27th March 2023: USBA Nationals
*Race dates and location are subject to change based on snow and weather conditions. Confirm race details posted by the host biathlon club.
Adult practices will be starting soon. Stay tuned. Generally, adult biathlon practices will be held on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting. Adult participants are expected to have their own skis, rifle, and ammunition. We hope to have a few club rifles available for new members. Adults must be “red book” safety certified and a Blackhawk Ski Club member to participate in any adult practice at Blackhawk.
Please contact Paulkulas13.gmail.com or Mark.Torresani@blackhawkskiclub.org for additional information.
USBA membership is required to participate in practices and races at Blackhawk. To participate in races or adult practices, USBA safety red book certification is also required. Additional safety clinics may be offered during the season but we encourage you to take the first clinic available as you may need to travel to other parts of the state to complete your red book if you miss the annual Blackhawk certification class. Watch the USBA memberships are from $15 to $75 and are available at: https://www.teamusa.org/us-biathlon/membership/join-usba-online
Blackhawk Youth Biathlon Program
Please visit the Youth Biathlon page for more information.
Tune in here for early season announcements!
Shooting Clinics and Try Biathlon
October 1, 2022: Ariens "Try" Biathlon Event
The Ariens Biathlon range officially opens on September 30th with an open house and a "Try Biathlon" for novices on October 1st.
October 15th: Masters Biathlon Shooting/Roller Skiing Clinic at Ariens Nordic Center
October 16th: Youth Biathlon Shooting/Roller Skiing Clinic at Ariens Nordic Center
Shooting instruction will be provided by Jeff Bosek who has developed some of the best youth shooters in biathlon. The clinic will be held at the Ariens Nordic Center and will include a 2.5 hour session on the range and a 2,5 hour session roller skiing. This clinic is for biathletes that are experienced in biathlon racing. This is not a novice event. Clinics will be limited to a maximum of 20 masters and 20 youth. Details and sign up to be sent out shortly.