Getting Started with Biathlon
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.
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.
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]
Biathlon summer clinics (costs vary–one is in Anchorage at the end of May), Travel to races (Anchorage)
- 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
- Birch Hill