The Biathlon Series is a series of biathlon races organized annually at Whistler Olympic Park. Featuring club and open categories, these races are open to everyone from novice to expert. Interested in trying biathlon? Give it a shot at the Biathlon Series!

2016/2017 Dates

Last winter we hosted three Biathlon Series events:

  • December 10, 2016
  • January 8, 2017
  • February 19, 2017

The schedule for the 2017/2018 winter season will be announced in the summer.

Trail Passes, Equipment and Accommodation

Discount trail passes to Whistler Olympic Park can be purchased in connection with registration.

Ski rentals are available from the Whistler Olympic Park rental shop.

If you are looking for accommodations in Whistler we recommend the Whistler Athletes Centre or the HI-Whistler.

Registration

Our 2016/2017 winter season is now finished, see you next year!

Biathlon Series Information

About the Open Categories

The Biathlon Series open categories provide a fun and inclusive biathlon experience. These races are a great way to take part in the exciting Olympic sport of biathlon and everyone ages 9 and up is welcome to try.

For those with no prior shooting experience, these races provide a wonderful opportunity to get involved in this sport. There is a shooting lesson before each event so everyone gets a chance to learn the basics of biathlon shooting and take some practice shots before the race.

For those with prior biathlon experience, these events provide a fun, mass participation event where you can test your aim and fitness against the clock and your fellow racers.

In our open categories participants ski three loops of a course, stopping for a shooting bout at the biathlon range in between loops. At each shooting bout participants take 5 shots at 5 targets in the prone position. For each missed targets there is a short penalty loop that must be completed before returning to the course for the next loop.

Rifle safety and target shooting instruction is provided prior to the event, as well as a chance to practice.

Participants do not travel with the rifles during their course loops. The rifles stay at the range during the event and are shared among the participants.

Ages

The Biathlon Series is for ages 9 and up. No prior skiing or shooting experience is required.

3 Distances to Choose From

There are three skiing distances to choose from: 3x500m, 3x900m and 3x2km.

Course Maps: 500m | 900m | 2km

The 3x500m category is for novice skiers, and the 3x900m option is a good choice for those looking for a little more exercise.

The 3x2km course is for experienced skate skiers looking for a full-distance biathlon experience.

Event Schedule

12:15-12:45: Check-in desk open at the biathlon building, where you can pick up your bib
1:00-1:30:  rifle safety orientation and shooting practice at the biathlon range
1:30: start of first recreational category
2:30: approximate time of last finisher

Entry Fees

$30 plus tax per adult
$25 plus tax per youth

Please note that participants must provide their own ski equipment, and must have a trail pass from Whistler Olympic Park for our winter Biathlon Series events. Discount trail passes can be purchased in connection with registration for the Biathlon Series.

About the Club Categories

The Biathlon Series club categories provide competition experience in a fun, team atmosphere. The competitions are scheduled to prepare older athletes for the sanctioned BC Cup and NorAm Cup events and to provide local competition experience for younger athletes.

The club categories are for ages 11 and up (Juvenile category and older). Competitors will be entered into their appropriate age category in accordance with the Biathlon BC Hosting Policy.

Competitors in the club categories should be in a regular biathlon training program and must have a coach who will vouch for their ability to be able to safely compete. Competitors must provide their own biathlon rifle and ammunition.

Details on the type of competition for the club categories (Sprint, Pursuit, Mass Start, Individual, etc.) will be published in the event calendar entry for each Biathlon Series event.

Event Schedule

9:30-10:00: Check-in desk open at the biathlon building, where you can pick up your bib
10:00-10:45:  zeroing
11:00: start
12:15: approximate time of last finisher

Entry Fees

$15 per competition.

Please note that participants must provide their own ski equipment, and must have a trail pass from Whistler Olympic Park for our winter Biathlon Series events. Discount trail passes can be purchased in connection with registration for the Biathlon Series.