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 experience being a biathlete.

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 25 - September 7
  • Thursday - Monday
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, every hour on the hour, last session begins at 3pm, no noon session
  • CLOSED Sunday, July 26 for Ironman
  • For further information or reservations, please call: 518-523-4436 or email.
Thursday - Monday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm sessions beginning each hour
Times are subject to change.
Please look at this weeks upcoming activites list below.
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
Home of Mt. Van Hoevenberg, the Biathlon Center as well as Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton Training

Experience Be 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!

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.

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Saturday - Sunday
1:00 pm
Times are subject to change.
Please look at this weeks upcoming activites list below.
Discover Biathlon Package: $55
Be a Biathlete : $45
Shooting Range Only: $35
Ages 13+ use a .22 caliber rifle, 12 & Under shoot paintball guns | Max 20 persons per 1 hour session | Be a Biathlete includes Cross Country lesson & range instruction | 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
Sunday, August 02, 2015
The phrase "I'll give it a shot" takes on a whole new meaning with our Be a Biathlete Program!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, every hour on the hour, last session begins at 3pm, no noon session
Monday, August 03, 2015
The phrase "I'll give it a shot" takes on a whole new meaning with our Be a Biathlete Program!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, every hour on the hour, last session begins at 3pm, no noon session
Thursday, August 06, 2015
The phrase "I'll give it a shot" takes on a whole new meaning with our Be a Biathlete Program!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, every hour on the hour, last session begins at 3pm, no noon session
Friday, August 07, 2015
The phrase "I'll give it a shot" takes on a whole new meaning with our Be a Biathlete Program!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, every hour on the hour, last session begins at 3pm, no noon session
Saturday, August 08, 2015
The phrase "I'll give it a shot" takes on a whole new meaning with our Be a Biathlete Program!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, every hour on the hour, last session begins at 3pm, no noon session