Train to Train 1 (T1) – Biathlon


At this time we are able to offer in person programming while following the guidelines of the Alberta Health Services, Nordiq Alberta, Nordiq Canada, Biathlon Alberta and Biathlon Canada. If these guidelines change to become more restrictive, we may need to switch to virtual training.  If this occurs we will work to resume in person training as quickly as possible.

Registration for the remaining portion of the year will open July 22nd at 8am

This program is for athletes graduating from FNSC’s biathlon-specific Bears programs or nordic skiing Jackrabbit programs. Experienced biathletes or nordic skiers from outside of the FNSC program stream may also qualify. All registrants are expected to have Nordic or Biathlon racing experience. Exceptions may be made at coaches’ discretion.

Parents of participants must have a valid Possession and Acquisition Firearms License (PAL).  Participants under the age of 18 must have a valid Minors’ Firearm License.


12 to 14 years. Exceptions may be made based on coach’s discretion.


May through March

Weekly Schedule
  • Monday 6:30-8:00pm (Nordic specific training, Calgary locations)
  • Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting specific training, Canmore locations)
  • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm (Nordic specific training, Calgary locations)
  • Friday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting specific training, Canmore locations)
  • Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm  (Nordic or Shooting training, various locations)

*Practices may be cancelled or changed due to extenuating circumstances, such as poor weather or hazardous air quality.

**Practice attendance is not mandatory, athletes are encouraged to attend 2-3 practices per week.

Optional Training Camps 
  • August 28-30 Canmore Area/Mt Shark (shooting, rollerskiing, running/hiking)
  • Lake Louise Early Snow Camp, November 13 – 15, 2020

Optional training camp costs are not included in program fees and are on a cost-recovery basis.

Method of Communication

TeamSnap plus Email

Program Details

Train to Train 1 (T1) – Biathlon (T1-B) is for athletes graduating from biathlon-specific Bears programs or nordic skiing Jackrabbits programs.  Athletes are encouraged to race at both Calforex Cup and Cross Country races.

Athletes will learn or refine shooting skills with .22 rifles. Shooting training will focus on effective prone positioning, precision shooting skills, and combination shooting skills. Physical training will include the basics of dryland training including: roller skiing, running, ski striding, and body-weight strength training. On snow, athletes will develop and refine classic and skate skiing techniques. The basics of mental race preparation and shooting discipline will be taught and teamwork and personal interaction skills will be promoted.

Where maturity and ability levels warrant, T1s in their second year of the program may begin standing shooting basics and receive training plans.

Race support will be provided at Calforex Cups (Biathlon races) and Alberta cross-country ski races.


T1 Biathlon is coached by National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Competition Introduction or Competition Development coaches following the Biathlon Canada Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD).  Information for parents is available here. The lead coach of this program is Matthew Neumann (NCCP#6155119 ).

Required Equipment
  • Rifle – Available to rent for $400 per year (during registration)
  • Ammunition – ~5000 rounds/$600 per year (athletes/parents are responsible for purchasing their own ammunitions – coach will provide sourcing information)
  • 1 pair each of skate and classic skis, poles and boots
  • Skate roller skis 
  • Running shoes, ski striding poles (should be elbow height)
  • Grip and glide wax
  • Head lamp

Foothills Nordic is able to run high quality programs for a reasonable cost due to the volunteer support from our families.  Based on the Club’s volunteer bond, ALL Train to Train 1 – Biathlon parents will be required to volunteer 24 hours throughout the season.  Numerous volunteer opportunities to help with T1B will be available and sign-up lists with details on volunteer jobs will be shared with parents.

For information on the volunteer bond and other volunteer opportunities available throughout the year, see Club Volunteer Opportunities.

More Information

If you have questions, please email [email protected]