Youth Biathlon

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, 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.

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.

*See the adult biathlon page for information on getting started as an adult or a youth participant.

Other Events

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 at 830am. 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

*see link to Youth Race Results on the Adult Biathlon page

Date - Location - Event*

RED BOOK CLASS: 12th Nov 2022

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

Blackhawk Youth Biathlon Program

The opportunity to learn about and participate in biathlon is available to members who are also enrolled in a Middle School or High School cross-country ski racing program at Blackhawk or another club/school.  For more information about the Blackhawk Nordic Ski Team, click here.

Youth must demonstrate the mental and physical maturity to handle a biathlon rifle to be in the program. The program is led by Mark Torresani who is a certified USBA Coach.

The Middle School program is geared towards teaching basic biathlon skills including safety. The cost of the middle school program is $150 and lasts from October through early March. The fee includes coaching, ammunition, use of a biathlon rifle at practice and other range equipment. Participation in races may require additional fees paid directly by participant.

The High School biathlon program is for biathletes with previous experience in biathlon races and are planning to participate in biathlon races. High School biathletes need to be physically strong enough to shoot standing and ski with a rifle. All participants in the high school biathlon program will need to have their own biathlon rifle or lease a biathlon rifle from Blackhawk.  A very limited number of club rifles are available for lease by youth in the high school program for a fee of $250 for the season. Biathletes leasing a rifle are expected to maintain the rifle and return it in good condition and cleaned. The cost of the high school biathlon program is $100 and lasts from October through March. The fee includes coaching and other range equipment. High School biathletes are expected to have their own ammunition. Participation in races will require additional fees paid directly by participant

Practices

Middle School practices are held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. High School practices will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

Adult Biathlon

Adult biathlon practices are held on Wednesday evenings. Adult participants are expected to have their own skis, rifle and ammunition.  Adults must be “red book” safety certified and a Blackhawk Ski Club member to participate in any adult practice at Blackhawk. Please visit the Biathlon page for more information.

USBA Certification

USBA membership is required to participate in practices and races at Blackhawk. To participate in races or adult practices, USBA safety certification is required. Biathlon Safety Clinics are typically offered in December and April. Watch the Blackhawk calendar of events for the next scheduled safety clinic. USBA memberships are from $15 to $75 and are available at:

https://www.teamusa.org/us-biathlon/membership/join-usba-online

For more information about the Blackhawk biathlon programs, please mark.torresani@blackhawkskiclub.org.