The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club has a world class facility up at Mount Washington and they are inviting the public to come out past the Raven Lodge, across the stadium and take a look one weekend this winter. Photo courtesy VIBC

Have you ever considered trying biathlon?

Did you know there’s a world-class biathlon facility up at Mount Washington?

If winters get you down, consider punching through the clouds to the ski hill and try something new.

Biathlon is a sport that combines target shooting and skate skiing. The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club has a world class facility up at Mount Washington and they are inviting the public to come out past the Raven Lodge, across the stadium and take a look one weekend this winter.

Maybe you’ll find you’re interested in one of the club’s programs:

Give It A Shot!

The club’s first Give it a Shot! Introductory program will be happening on Saturday Dec. 30 in the afternoon. This is a great opportunity for family and friends to try biathlon without any commitment.

Bears and Masters

Bears and Masters programs will be running Jan. 3 – March 17, including two Fun Club Races for all participants. Bears sessions run in the morning from 9:30am-12:00pm, and Masters in the afternoon from 1:00pm-3:30pm.

Some of the club’s youngest Biathletes, just 9 and 10 years old, proudly and safely learn great marksmanship skills through this program.

Competitive Youth

Members of the Competitive Youth Team, who train year-round with both VIBC and the Strathcona Nordics JR Racing Team, plan to compete this season at the four Biathlon BC Cup Races.

You can watch the team training in the range on Saturday afternoons throughout the season, and any time they can fit in some extra training.

Registration is open at www.zone4.ca for both club membership and programs for Vancouver Island Biathlon Club, as well as for Biathlon Canada. You must complete both registrations separately. For more information about registration or programs, please see the club website at www.vibiathlon.ca. Parents of Bears or Competitive Youth participants must also have both a club membership and membership with Biathlon Canada/Biathlon BC for insurance. Parents can select the BiBC supporter option, unless they are a qualified Coach or Official with Biathlon Canada.

Early Bird Pricing deadline is Nov. 3o.

The club also needs a number of club members to fill the role of officials at our club events as well have relied heavily on Cadet Officials in the past. Courses are offered for free to those who volunteer for the club.

This year, the Cadet Provincials on Feb. 3 and 4 will be hosted at the VIBC Range. They would appreciate our reciprocal help in running their event.

Please consider how you may be able to give of your time in this way – no biathlon experience is necessary.

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