Train to Train 2 (T2) – Biathlon


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

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.

This program is for athletes graduating from FNSC’s T1 biathlon program. Experienced biathletes or nordic skiers from outside of the FNSC program stream may also qualify 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’ Firearms License.


14+ (Birth year 2007 and older). 


May through March tentative

Weekly Schedule

  • Monday 4:30-6:00pm or 6:30-8:00pm (Strength, Calgary – Bob Niven, COP)
  • Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm (Dryland, Calgary) ending Dec 1st
  • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo, Canmore)
  • Friday 4:30-6:00 and/or 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo, Canmore)
  • Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm (Various locations)

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

Optional Training Camps 

  • Summer Volume Camp #1 Cancelled 
  • Rest Week
  • Haig/Bow Valley Cancelled
  • Hinton Camp Cancelled
  • August 24-27 Canmore Area/Mt Shark (shooting, rollerskiing, running/hiking)
  • Lake Louise Camp, November 13 – 15, 2020

Optional training camp costs are not included in program fees and are on a cost-recovery basis. Camp dates are tentative and may deviate by a few days.


Method of Communication

TeamSnap + Email + Online personalized training plans through

Program Details

T2 Biathlon is for athletes graduating from T1 who will compete in Senior Boys and Senior Girls categories. Athletes will practice up to 400 hours of ski specific training consisting of group practices as well as additional independent workouts. Dryland training will include: roller skiing, ski striding, running, cycling and weekly strength training. Shooting training will focus on individual needs: refining prone positioning and accuracy, learning/improving standing shooting, advanced precision skills, high intensity combination shooting skills, and race specific shooting tactics. Races support will be provided at Calforex Cups, local North American Cups and Cross Country ski races.

Additional Training Resources Provided
  • Bonus training days/sessions depending on training cycle and season
  • Customized daily training plan
  • Training sessions with sport specialists and mentors


T2 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 Tyson Smith (NCCP# 5640983).

Required Equipment

  • Rifle 
  • Ammunition – ~7000 rounds
  • 1 pair each of training skate and classic skis, poles and boots
  • 1 pair of dedicated skate race skis
  • Skate and Classic roller skis 
  • Running shoes, ski striding poles (should be elbow height)
  • Grip and glide wax
  • Heart rate monitor watch


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 2 Biathlon parents will be required to volunteer 30 hours throughout the season.  Numerous volunteer opportunities to help with T2 Biathlon 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]