Biathlon Bears

We are excited to announce that registration for 2024-25 dryland and winter season will officially open on June 24.


9-12 years


  • Fall Session: 6 weeks in Mid September to Mid October
  • Winter Session: November 30th to early March

Choice of:

  • Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday 6:15 – 7:45 pm
  • Optional Winter Session ADD ON: Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 pm (This add-on session is only open to 9 to 12 year olds also registered in another Foothills Nordic cross country ski program, i.e., Jackrabbits Level 3, 4, and Plus, JR Learn to Ski, or U14 Adventure Ski (formally Marmots).


*Practice times and locations subject to change dependent on weather and facility availability.



The Biathlon Bears program teaches the basic skills of biathlon in a safe and fun environment. The overall aim is to build confidence with skiing and shooting skills and provide a fun introduction to fitness-for-life. No skiing experience is necessary to join Biathlon Bears. This program is designed to teach first time skiers, as well as challenge returning skiers, to develop skate skiing, classic skiing and shooting skills. The program currently focuses on the use of Eco-Aims rifles. These are a camera-based rifle that resembles a .22 biathlon rifle, but without the use of ammunition, making it safe for use at our City locations.

In the 6 week fall session, biathletes will learn target shooting skills and build general and ski-specific fitness with a combination of fun drills and games.

The 12 week winter session starts in December.  We aim for 2 weeks before Christmas, although if conditions do not permit, we will delay the start of the program as required. The program concludes in mid-March. The winter session continues to build on shooting skills and introduces skate and classic skiing. Drills and games develop balance, technique, and cardiovascular fitness.


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