discover biathlon

discover biathlon


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.

visiting in the summer? 

In the summer months, obviously you can't ski the trails without snow, but you can still experience the thrill of lining up a target with our Be a Biathlete and Bike and Biathlon programs!

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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. Skis must be removed when shooting during the Discover Biathlon program.

Reservations are encouraged. For further information or reservations, please call (518) 523-2811 or email us at Groups of 20 or more should contact for special pricing info. Be sure to check the XC Conditions page here during the season for any closures due to weather.

Program Details

  • Discover Biathlon: includes lesson, one-day trail pass, rental (skis, boots, poles), and range shooting
  • Range only: includes access to the Biathlon range
December 21 - January 2 | Open Daily (closed Christmas Day)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 - 3:00 pm
January 4 - February 9 | Saturday & Sunday (open Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 - 3:00 pm
February 16 - 23 | Open Daily
10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 - 3:00 pm
February 29 - March 2 | Saturday - Monday
10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Times and dates are subject to change.
Discover Biathlon (includes lesson, trail pass, rental & biathlon): $55
Range only: $22
Must be ages 13 or older to participate
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.