Be a Biathlete

at Mt. Van Hoevenberg

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 experience being a biathlete.

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Summer 2016

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!

General Information

  • Available June 23 - September 5 (Weather Permitting)
  • Thursday - Monday
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, every hour on the hour, last session begins at 3pm, no noon session
  • CLOSED Sunday, July 24 for Ironman
  • Please be aware that the Paintball Be A Biathlete for Juniors (ages 12 & under) can be run simultaneously with the Adult/Teen Be A Biathlete Program to accomodate families and groups of all ages!  
  • For further information or reservations, please call: 518-523-4436 or email.
Thursday - Monday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm every hour on the hour, last session begins at 3pm, no noon session
Times and dates are subject to change.
Adult / Teen / Senior | Rifle: $35
Junior | Paintball: $20
Ages 13+ use a .22 caliber rifle, 12 & Under shoot paintball guns | Max 20 persons per 1 hour session
Home of Mt. Van Hoevenberg, the Biathlon Center as well as Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton Training
What we have here is the best of Lake Placid XC Skiing and Snowshoeing on world-class ski trails

Winter 2015-16

Discover Biathlon

Take an in depth look at this sport that combines freestyle skiing and rifle marksmanship. Take a ski lesson to start the program or just join us out on the range to zero in your shooting skills. You will be treated to an hour long PSIA ski lesson, an informative video on Biathlon and professional instruction on our Olympic Biathlon Range. Save 20% with your Olympic Sites Passport!

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.

Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays
10:00 am & 1:00 pm
Times and dates are subject to change.
Discover Biathlon Package: $55
Ages 13+ use a .22 caliber rifle, 12 & Under shoot paintball guns | Max 20 persons per 1 hour session | Discover Package includes lesson, trail pass, rental & range
Home of Mt. Van Hoevenberg, the Biathlon Center as well as Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton Training
What we have here is the best of Lake Placid XC Skiing and Snowshoeing on world-class ski trails