Racing Bears

Registration

Registration opens June 4

Ages

11 to 12 (with prerequisite Biathlon Bears or cross-country skiing competency)

Season

September 10, 2018 – March 9, 2019

Christmas break: December 21, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Times
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Optional Shooting Practice Add-On – Monday: 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Optional Track Attack Add-On – Saturday: 10 am-12 pm (out of town)

Wednesdays are shooting practices. Tuesday and Thursday practices are combined with Foothills’ cross country Track Attack program. See Track Attack page for training information.  Add-Ons are optional and are only open to Racing Bears program registrants.

Locations
  • Practices with Track Attack are in Calgary (Edworthy, Glenmore, Confederation Park Golf Course) and at the Canmore Nordic Centre, etc. (see Training Locations map) Winter training locations are dependent on conditions.
  • Biathlon practices are at Canada Olympic Park.
Costs
  • Program fee – $955. 
  • Optional Shooting Practice Add-On for an additional fee of $310.
  • Optional Track Attack Saturday Add-On for an additional fee of $250.
  • Foothills Nordic membership (during registration)
  • Confederation Trail User Fees (during registration)
  • Biathlon Alberta Membership

* Program fee includes both Track Attack and Racing Bears fees.

Program cost includes air rifles, all ammunition, and a small team garment. Optional costs for race entry fees may be incurred.

Program Description

Racing Bears is for athletes ages 11 to 12 who are ready to take on a greater commitment level or who are enthusiastic about adding shooting to cross country skiing.

We are pleased to offer Racing Bears in conjunction with the cross-country “Track Attack” program. The two programs will train together in dryland or ski training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as at Track Attack camps. Racing Bears will have an additional Wednesday evening practice focused on shooting skills. Additional shooting practices may be added prior to significant events. Racing Bears should plan to attend a minimum of 2 practices each week.

Dryland training builds ski-specific fitness and improves endurance through a variety of drills and games. Fall shooting practices focus on precision shooting skills including: aim, trigger pull, and breathing.

Winter training will focus on skate and classic technique (essential for a healthy, well-rounded skier) and competition shooting skills, including skiing-to-shooting transitions, faster shooting, and precision shooting.

Racing Bears athletes will be supported in local races (Kinder Cup races) and Provincial Cup races (Calforex Cup series) with the exception of the Grande Prairie race. Additionally, Racing Bears are welcome to participate in local cross-country races.

More Information

If you have any questions please e-mail [email protected].