Biathlon Experience at Falcon Ridge

The session is 2 - 2.5 hours long and is a hands on introduction to the nordic sport of Biathlon.

Photo by Wolfgang Greiner

What is Biathlon, you ask? In short, Biathlon is an Olympic sport, originating as a military border patrol exercise in Norway from the 18th century. According to Encyclopædia Britannica, the biathlon "is rooted in the skiing traditions of Scandinavia, where early inhabitants revered the Norse god Ullr as both the ski god and the hunting god". It combines nordic, or cross-country skiing and target shooting with a 22 caliber rifle.

Photo by Wolfgang Greiner

The Falcon Ridge Biathlon experience involves a short ski or walk out to our on site biathlon range. Enroute your coach will give you a little bit of background on the story behind why there is a biathlon range in Falcon Lake of all places. At the range, the coach will then give you a basic introduction on how to use the 22 caliber rifles safely and properly. Each participant will get multiple turns to try shooting the rifle in both prone and standing positions. The coach will give you instruction on body position and other helpful hints. Once everyone has had a bit of practice on the rifles there will be a few speed shooting games. After that, the participants will then be further challenged by engaging in some skiing, running, or a strength circuit to get their heart rate going before shooting. Participants will continue shooting and skiing until there is no more ammunition, typically we bring out about 150 rounds. 

Check out Travel Manitoba's "Get out of the basement" recap of their participation of our Biathlon Experience!

The rate for the experience is $385 as a base rate (2 people) plus taxes with an additional $80/extra person. This includes the use of the range, the use of two 22 caliber rifles rented from Biathlon Manitoba, the cost of ammunition, paying the Level 2 Certified Coach and the range official, and setting up the range.

To book, contact Caleigh at the Falcon Trails office: caleigh@falcontrailsresort.com or 204.349.8445