Discover Biathlon

Discover Biathlon at the Olympic Sports Complex

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!

During the winter season, 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 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.

In the summer months, 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% on Discover Biathlon with your Olympic Sites Passport.

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See below for pricing and schedule details for the Discover Biathlon program for Summer/Fall 2017. Save 20% off Discover Biathlon with your Olympic Sites Passport! Please note: Discover Biathlon will not be available on Monday, July 17 and Sunday, July 23 (for Ironman).

Ages 13+ will use a .22 caliber rifle in our Discover Biathlon program, and ages 12 and under will shoot paintball guns in our Paintball Biathlon program.

Reservations are recommended. For further information or reservations, please call (518) 523-4436 or email us at oscreservations@orda.org. Groups of 20 or more should contact groups@orda.org for special pricing info. 

June 22 - September 4 | Thursday - Monday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Times and dates are subject to change.
Adult Discover Biathlon: $35
Junior Paintball Biathlon: $13
Adult: 13+ | Junior: 7-12
Host of fantastic cross country skiing and snowshoeing on world-class groomed trails, and authentic cozy lodges for the perfect warm-up after your ski.
Home of the combined Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton Track, as well as Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country and Biathlon Center.

Our winter Discover Biathlon program is for ages 13 and older. Please arrive at the Cross Country Lodge 45 minutes prior to program start for payment and equipment rental. Please note: skis must be removed when shooting during the Discover Biathlon program.

Reservations are encouraged. For further information or reservations, please call (518) 523-4436 or email us at oscreservations@orda.org. Groups of 20 or more should contact groups@orda.org for special pricing info.

Program Details

  • Discover Biathlon: includes lesson, one-day trail pass, rental (skis, boots, poles), and range shooting
  • Explore Biathlon: includes lesson and range shooting (for those who already have Season Passes and their own skiing equipment)
  • Range only: includes access to the Biathlon range
Discover Biathlon: $55
Explore Biathlon: $45
Range only: $22
All winter Discover Biathlon programs are for ages 13+
Host of fantastic cross country skiing and snowshoeing on world-class groomed trails, and authentic cozy lodges for the perfect warm-up after your ski.
Home of the combined Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton Track, as well as Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country and Biathlon Center.