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!
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 at 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.
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 Discover Biathlon program.
Reservations are encouraged. For further information or reservations, please call (518) 523-4436 or email.
Home of Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country & Biathlon Center, as well as the Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton Track
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!
Be-A-Biathlete is no longer available for Summer 2016. Thanks for a great season!
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