Biathlon Bears (age 10-14)

biathlon bears

Biathlon Bears (10-14 years old)

The club offers three Biathlon Bears air rifle biathlon programs.

The Biathlon Bears programs are introductory programs to the sport of biathlon for youth aged 10 to 14.  Kids younger than 10 are encouraged to register in Nordic ski programs to learn or develop their skiing abilities and ski technique before joining the Biathlon Bears program.  The Biathlon Bears program is designed to teach safety and the basics of marksmanship using air rifles.

  • Black Bears: initiation to biathlon

    1- Black Bears: initiation to biathlon.

    The Black Bears is for kids 10 to 14 years old who have no experience in biathlon and wish to initiate themselves and perhaps compete in biathlon.

    Athletes registering for the Black Bears biathlon program must also register for a skiing program, whether racing or adventure (ages 10-11) or (12-13).

    The learning of basic shooting skills will take place in 10 sessions starting in October and ending mid-March. Training sessions will happen on Sundays from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Final schedule will come out early September, but generally there will be two training sessions per month.

  • Grizzly Bears: strengthening of biathlon skills

    2- Grizzly Bears: strengthening of biathlon skills.

    The Grizzly Bears program (formally Biathlon Bears) is for athletes 11-13 years old who have biathlon experience and wish to continue building basic biathlon skills. Grizzly Bears are invited to compete in local races organized by the club.

    The building of biathlon skills will take place in weekly training sessions starting mid-September and ending mid-March. Training sessions will run Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

    Those registering for the Black Bears and Grizzly Bears programs must participate in the registrants’ respective age group in nordic skiing either in a Track Attack or Adventure program and will practice shooting in 90 minutes sessions offered in the fall and winter. Our goal with this program is to provide an excellent introduction to the sport of biathlon with focused skiing and shooting practices.

    Skiing schedule:

    Track Attack Midget aged athletes (aged 12-13 as of 31 December) usually train as follows:

    Tuesday: 18:30 – 20:00

    Thursday: 18:30 – 20:00

    Saturday: 10:00 – 12:00 *On occasion, a three hour training session will be offered, beginning at 9:00 am. Please check the training site for locations and start times.

    Track Attack Peewee aged athletes (age 10 or 11 as of December 31st) usually train as follows:

    Saturday: 10:00 – 12:00

    Thursday: 18:30 – 20:00

    Tuesday (periodically): 18:30 – 20:00

    Adventure programs usually train as follows:

    Wednesday: 18:30 – 20:00

    Saturday: 9:45 – 11:45

  • Polar Bears: competition in biathlon

    3- Polar Bears: competition in biathlon

    The Polar Bears program (formally Racing Bears) is offered by coach’s invitation to athletes aged 13&14 (as of December 31st). who have biathlon experience and want to participate in the Québec Cup races.  Polar Bears participants are required to bring their own “biathlon arm cuff” for shooting practices.For more information contact

    Learning and mastering of biathlon skills will take place in weekly training sessions starting mid-september and ending mid-March. Training sessions will run Sundays,  from noon to 1:30 p.m.

    Our goal with this program is to improve the abilities of athletes for the sport of biathlon with focused shooting practices.  For the skiing portion, registration with the Track Attack Midgets or Nordic Race ski program is required for Polar Bears.

    Race Fees (Winter only): Athletes participating in Coupe Québec races will pay club race fees of +/-300$/weekend. These fees will cover accommodations, meals, and transportation costs. Race registration fees (+/-45$) will need to be paid separately by the participants.

    Recap sessions on Wednesday nights 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on race week for those participating on that weekend’s race.

  • Register with Biathlon Canada

    All biathletes must also first register with Biathlon Canada before registering with Chelsea Nordiq. Black Bears should select the category “Recreational”.  Grizzly and Polar Bears should select the category “Athlete: Junior Boy/Girl or younger”.  To do so, please go here Biathlon Canada Registration and maintain your receipt as you will need the number to register for Chelsea Nordiq. If you have any additional questions, contact the Program Coordinator.

    For more information, please visit Biathlon Canada’s website.

  • Physical distancing measures

    Physical distancing measures:

    We will limit the group size of each program to a maximum of 14 athletes.

    Each athlete will be allocated a rifle for the season, athletes will use the same rifle for every practice. The same rifle will be used by 3 different athletes, 1 in each program.

    Athletes will be issued a mag and a bowl with pellets at every practice. They will only use only these items and be responsible for filling their own mag.

    Athletes will need to disinfect their rifle, mag, bowl, rifle rest and target box at the beginning and end of every practice.

    Rifle fitting will need to be done by the athlete’s parent with supervision from coaches.

    Athletes will set-up and tear down their own shooting lane. They will be in charge of their mat, rifle rest if necessary and target box.

    Target stands will be set-up and torn down by a coach or parent who will be responsible for disinfecting it before and after practice.

    Shooting could occur in alternance between odd and even lanes to respect the 2 meters rule, if we do not have 2 meters between shooting lanes.

  • Where is the range?
    The range is at Camp Fortune (Ch. Dunlop, Chelsea, QC).
  • What are the costs?

    To participate in any program, you must join Chelsea Nordiq.  The annual membership fee (same for individuals or families) covers the year – September through September.  There is also a fee for shooting session registration.   Fees details can be found at PROGRAMS

    It is strongly recommended that biathletes wishing to compete also register for a Track Attack ski program (see Program page for latest fees)
    To participate in a Chelsea Nordiq Biathlon program, athletes must join Biathlon Canada.  Refer to Biathlon Canada website for latest fee structure.

  • How to pay?
    Register and pay on-line starting in early September at PROGRAMS.
  • What equipment is provided?

    Air Rifle
    Targets and paper targets

  • What equipment do I need to bring?


    If no snow:

    • running shoes

    If snow:

    • skate skis
    • boots
    • Sports clothes – no cotton
    • Gloves
    • Toque
    • Poles
    • Your own biathlon rifle (optional for beginners)
  • How do I find out about other events?
    Biathlon hosted races and Open Houses (where people can try biathlon) are posted on the Club’s Event page.