Be a Biathlete

It began, they say, more than a century ago as a training exercise for Norwegian soldiers, which goes a long way toward explaining how cross-country skiing and riflery met. The result is the biathlon, the only sport that involves ski wax and bullets. And this is one of the few places you can learn about it and try being a biathlete.

 
  • Seasonal Information
  • Summer
  • Winter

Experience Being a Biathlete at the Olympic Sports Complex this Winter
Take an hour-long cross country ski lesson with our experienced instructors and then head out to the range and, under careful supervision, take aim at understanding this unique sport.  We also offer an option to test your skills on our biathlon shooting range only.  Save 20% with your Olympic Sites Passport!

2013-14 Be a Biathlete Rates
Discover Biathlon (Lesson, Trail Pass, Rental, Biathlon)$55
Be a Biathlete (Range & Lesson)$36
Biathlon Shooting (Range Only)$16

 
Ages 13 & up.  Please arrive at Cross Country Lodge 45 minutes prior to program start for payment and equipment rental.  Please note, skis must be removed when shooting during the Be a Biathlete program.  Reservations are encouraged.  For further information or reservations, please call: 518-523-4436 or email.

General Information

  • Location: Olympic Sports Complex | View Map
  • Dates:
  • December 21-24, 26-31
  • January 2-5, 18-19, 26
  • February 2, 15-23
  • March 2, 8-9, 15-16
  • Ski and Range Lessons: 1:00pm
  • Biathlon Shooting (Range Only): 1:00pm
  • Minimum Age: 13
  • Hours and Dates may vary.  Check the Activities Calendar for details

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Experience Being a Biathlete at the Olympic Sports Complex this Summer

This is one of the few places you can learn about it and give it a shot - all summer long. Obviously, you can't ski the trails without snow, but our instructors will still get your heart racing, the idea being to simulate the rush biathletes feel as they try to line up a target. Then you'll step up to the range, take aim, and fire a real, competition-style .22 caliber rifle at the same targets used at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Come out and see how you do. It's worth a shot.  Save 20% with your Olympic Sites Passport!

2014 Summer Rates
Adult/Teen/Senior$35
Junior$13
Ages 13+ use a .22 caliber rifle, 12 & Under shoot paintball guns  |  Max 20 persons per 1 hour session


For further information or reservations, please call: 518-523-4436 or email

General Information

  • Location: Olympic Sports Complex | View Map
  • Dates:
  • June 26 - August 31 (Thursday- Monday)
  • Closed Sunday July 27 for Ironman
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 4 pm, every hour on the hour, last session begins at 3pm, no noon session
  • Each session includes a safety briefing, shooting session, certificate/award and decal
  • Check the Activities Calendar for availability