Getting Started with Biathlon

Memberships

Athletes are required to be members of the United States Biathlon Association, Fairbanks Biathlon Club, and Nordic Ski Club; these dues help pay for range/target maintenance and insurance.

Annual costs: $50 USBA, $20 for Fairbanks Biathlon Club, and NSCF1.

Rifle

Costs range widely. There are a limited number of rifles available for lease from the club for $75 per trimester, or a race ready rifle can typically be purchased for around $1,500 to $4,000.

Ammunition

Practice ammo usually runs about $200/year.  Currently ammo is FREE for athletes thanks to a grant.

Skis and Clothing

You’ll need skate skis, poles and thin gloves for shooting. Normal skate skiing clothing, race suits, warm clothing, and boots for working range [something is missing]

Optional Items

Biathlon summer clinics (costs vary–one is in Anchorage at the end of May), Travel to races (Anchorage)

Practices

  • Summer range openings at UAF to practice shooting and running (for fitness and heart rate) probably on Fridays
  • Winter range openings at Birch Hill to practice shooting and skiing probably on Sunday afternoons after Jr. Nordics
  • Practice at home just going through the motions getting in position with the rifle

Range Maps

  • Birch Hill
  • UAF

Resources

Here are some links to Alaska biathlon programs:

Alaska Biathlon Association

Skiku Biathlon – Anchorage

Eagle Eye Biathlon – Anchorage