Biathlon

Discover biathlon! This thrilling sport blends the challenge of cross-country skate skiing and rifle marksmanship into a unique and engaging sport for all ages. Kincaid Park’s world class biathlon range is the focal point of the sport in Alaska. We have year-round programs and activities at the range.

Our fun and friendly race series and training groups are your passport to this amazingly engaging activity for you and your family.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your own rifle; payment of range use fees allows you to use NSAA rifles, and ammunition is available for sale at the range.

3 Steps to get Started with Biathlon!

  1. Attend a Biathlon Rifle Safety Class
  2. Join the United States Biathlon Association (USBA)
  3. Pay Range Fees (annual, seasonal or daily)

And for more Biathlon:

  1. Learn and train with NSAA’s Eagle Eyes Programs for Juveniles, Juniors and Master
  2. Check the Range Opening Calendar to see scheduled events and range openings
  3. Volunteer!

 

Biathlon Rifle Safety Class

Classes are held monthly at Kincaid Park Biathlon Range, and cover safe rifle handling, care and use of a biathlon rifle, and basic biathlon technique. Biathlon Rifle Safety Classes are required to shoot at the Kincaid Park Biathlon Range.

Cost: $25 Individual, $30 Family

Questions about Biathlon Rifle Safety Classes? Email: nsaabiathlon.safety@gmail.com

Click the “Register Online” button below for upcoming class information and sign up for the next rifle safety class.

Upcoming Classes

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017: 11am- 1:30pm, Biathlon Building B, Kincaid Biathlon Range

USBA Membership

Joining the United States Biathlon Association is required to shoot at the Kincaid Park Biathlon Range. You can find more information and pay online at USBA’s website here. You may also download the membership form below and send it to USBA or fill out the form and turn it into a coach or range safety officer at the range. Once the form and payment is received, you’ll receive a USBA membership card. Bring the card with you every time you visit the range as RSOs (Range Safety Officers) will request to see it.

USBA Membership Form

Range Fees

Maintaining the range and hosting events are supported by range use fees. You may pay the daily, seasonal or annual range use fee. Payment of fees online is preferred or you may use the form below. Forms may be mailed to the NSAA office or turned in at the range.

Range Fees:

Single Use: $10/day

Annual: Individual $150, Family $250 (2 people) or $300 (3+ people)

Spring-Summer (Apr-Sept): Individual $75, Family $125 (2 people) or $150 (3+ people) 

Range Use Cards must be brought with you every time you visit the range as RSOs will request to see it. NSAA will provide you with a waterproof plastic holder to secure your range use card and USBA card.

2016-2017 Biathlon Range Fees Form

Lessons & Coaches

Are you new to the sport or needing to brush up on your skills? Eagle Eyes, the Biathlon development program of the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, programs are just for you. Eagle Eyes has programs for juveniles, juniors and masters designed to learn and refine biathlon skills. Year-round programs and classes address safe rifle handling and care, proper shooting techniques and fitness training. Groups are small for a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Check the schedule below and find the sessions that are right for you.  All groups meet at Biathlon Range Building at Kincaid Park.

Ammunition is available for sale at the range. Please bring cash or check. Rifles are available for those who have paid range fees. All groups meet at Biathlon Range Building.

Click the “Register Online” button below to sign up for a lesson.

Upcoming Lessons

Summer Biathlon Juveniles (10-12)

This class is for athletes aged 10-12 years who ski in year-round training groups or in the highest divisions of one of the local Junior Nordic leagues (wolverines or hawks). Sessions will focus on marksmanship and biathlon fundamentals and will include running and other activities. There are only 8 spots available for this session; once it’s full, please email the NSAA office at aadams@anchoragenordicski.com to be put on the waitlist.

Day & Time: Tuesdays, 4:45- 5:45pm, June 6, 20, 27, July 6, 18, 25, 2017

Cost: $180 NSAA Members, $240 Non-Members

 

Summer Biathlon Juniors (13-17*)

New and Returning Juniors: This session is for Juniors (ages 13-17)* with strong skiing and roller ski skills and an interest in developing or improving their skills biathlon. Participants should be prepared for practice sessions of sustained focused shooting practice and/ or running and aggressive roller skiing. Those not already part of a summer ski training program should have experience skiing in the highest training group, the hawks, of the Anchorage Junior Nordic League.

*Younger athletes may be admitted with head coach approval. Contact Tom Grenier at eagleeyes@anchoragenordicski.com for approval PRIOR to registration for athetes younger than 13.

Day & Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00-7:30pm, June 6, 8, 20, 22, 27, 29,  July 6, 18, 20, 25, 27, 2017

Cost: $275 NSAA Members, $340 Non-Members

 

If you haven’t paid your annual NSAA Biathlon range fees, you will be required to pay the daily range use fee of $10/day in addition to the non-NSAA Biathlon member rate.

 

Successful completion of NSAA Range Safety Training  and United States Biathlon Association competitor membership is required to shoot on the biathlon range at Kincaid Park. Shooters who need the required training should attend an upcoming Biathlon Rifle Safety class. Register above under Biathlon Rifle Safety Class for the registration page.

 

Contact eagleeyes@anchoragenordicski.com for more information on any Eagle Eyes Biathlon program.

Coaches

Program Coordinator – Tom Grenier

Tom is a certified United States Biathlon Association Level One Coach. He was born and raised in Anchorage and teaches English at Bartlett High School. He has coached both running and skiing for the Anchorage School District, skiing for Team Alaska Junior Olympics and biathlon and skiing for Arctic Winter Games. Tom also mentors youth biathlon coaches.

Coach – Zoey Grenier

Zoey is an Arctic Winter Games Biathlon medalist and has worked with several US National Team Biathlon coaches.

Interested in joining our coaching staff?
Email Tom Grenier: t.grenier.ak@gmail.com

Races

Biathlon races are exciting to watch or take part in, so come give one a try! We set shorter courses for recreational racers as well as International Biathlon Union standard competitions.

Younger juniors, under age 13 and recreational novices ski an approximately 1000m loop and do not carry a rifle. Younger junior class shoots only from prone position; all other shoot both prone and standing. Junior girls/boys and older usually race 6.0-12.5 km courses. .

Click the “Register Online” button below to sign up for a race. Online registration is preferred. You may also download the race registration form and bring it with you. Race day registration will be allowed with an additional $5.00 fee.

NSAA Biathlon Race Registration Form -pdf

Race Schedule

Event Date Zero Start Results
Race #1: Sprint Sun, Dec 4, 2016 Noon 1pm
Race #2: Pursuit Sun, Dec 11, 2016 1pm 2pm
Race #3: Sprint Thurs, Dec 22, 2016 6pm 7pm
Race #4: Individual Sun, Jan 8, 2017 Noon 1pm
Race #5: Mass Start Night Sprint Wed, Jan 25, 2017 6pm 7pm
Race #6: Relay Sun, Feb 12, 2017 Noon 1pm
Race #7: Sprint Wed, Feb 22, 2017 6pm 7pm
Race: State Championships Day 1 Fri, March 3, 2017 6pm 7pm
Race: State Championships Day 2 Sat, March 4, 2017 Noon 1pm

 

Fees

Category Individual Race Race Series Individual Race Race Series
NSAA Member Non- Member
Youth (12 & Under) $17 $55 $22 $85
Student (13 -24) $25 $90 $30 $120
Adult (25+) $27 $115 $32 $145
Family (1 Adult AND 2 or more youth under 18) $35 $130 $40 $195

NO REFUNDS for any reason, including race cancellation. Registration ends at 5pm the day before each race.

Race day registration is an additional $5.00 fee.

 

Race Format

There are six different formats to biathlon races:

Sprint Format: All athletes have individual starts. Sprints consist of skiing three laps and two shooting stages, one prone and one standing (. One penalty loop (~150m) is skied for each miss immediately after the shooting stage.

Pursuit Format: The start list for a pursuit race is determined by the results of the sprint race. The winner starts the pursuit first, second place starts second, etc. Pursuits consist of skiing five laps and four shooting stages, two prone and two standing. One penalty loop is skied for each miss immediately after the shooting stage.

Mass Start Format: All athletes start together and ski five laps and have four shooting stages, two prone and two standing. One penalty loop is skied for each miss immediately after the shooting stage.

Relay Format: The relay format is skied by teams. Each member essentially skis a sprint race before tagging their team member. They ski three laps and shoot two stages and ski penalty laps for the misses. However in a relay, athletes have the opportunity to use six spare rounds to close any missed targets.

Individual Relay Format: Individual Relays are formatted exactly the same as Relay Formats, except there are no teams. Each athlete competes individually.

Individual Format: All athletes have individual starts. Individual races consist of skiing five loops and four shooting stages; prone, standing, prone, standing. No penalty loops are skied, instead, one minute is added to the finish time for each miss.

Etiquette & Safety

SAFETY FIRST! Stay alert for any possible safety issues and notify the range safety officer immediately.

Arriving early to help set up the range and helping to close the range are greatly appreciated.

Keep pets on leash near the range when it is in use. Gun fire can upset some pets.

 Biathlon Related Links

Alaska Biathlon Association
United States Biathlon Association

IBU Event and Competition Rules Online

Biathlon Information and Contacts

Committee Contacts

Co-Chairs: Marti Pausback & Catherine Kilby nsaabiathlon.chair@gmail.com

Secretary: Marcia Bandy nsaabiathlon.secretary@gmail.com

Treasurer: Marcia Bandy nsaabiathlon.treasurer@gmail.com

Maintenance: Doug Cobb nsaabiathlon.maintenance@gmail.com

Safety: Pete Pritchard nsaabiathlon.safety@gmail.com

Racing: Tom Grenier eagleeyes@anchoragenordicski.com

Program: Mike Rieser nsaabiathlon.program@gmail.com

Armorer: Michael Milhollin

 

Additional Contacts

Eagle Eyes Program: eagleeyes@anchoragenordicski.com

NSAA Office Manager: aadams@anchoragenordicski.com, 907-276-7609

NSAA Program Manager: tkornfield@anchoragenordicski.com, 907-276-7609

List of Range Fees Paid