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Vancouver Island Biathlon Club

The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club is based in the beautiful nordic ski area of Mt Washington Alpine Resort near Courtenay, BC. Mt Washington has over 55 km of groomed trails that cover a variety of terrain, much of it in, or overlooking spectacular Strathcona Provincial Park. Our club boasts one of the best, fully-automated ranges in British Columbia, with 26 shooting lanes. The club hut, located steps away from the range provides a heated place to warm up, watch the action on the range and spend time with other club members.

The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club not only promotes the exhilarating sport of biathlon, but also brings the community together through sportsmanship and healthy living. Many of the lessons learned in this sport can carry over to other aspects of life. Teamwork, discipline, hard work, perseverance, and success are all experiences that will be encountered in sport and in life.

Programs are offered for ages 9+, with both recreational and competition focuses with low coach to participant ratios for optimum learning and safety. Please check out the Programs section for more details.

The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club also hosts a number of races or other events to promote or support the sport of biathlon on Vancouver Island. Please see the Races and Events sections for more details.

To view our image galleries from our races and events check out the following links.
Gallery 1 | Gallery 2.

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The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club is growing and has lots to offer for various activities and races throughout the year. Keep checking back to the Events page for updated information throughout the season!

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the activities or races below, please contact 

Follow this link to view a complete list of events offered this year.

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Programs are offered for ages 9+, with both recreational and competition focuses with low coach to participant ratios for optimum learning and safety. Please check out the Program links below for more details.

***Please note, Discover Biathlon will not be offered for the 2017/18 season.***

Bears Ages 9 - 14
Competitive Youth Ages 13 - 18
Masters Ages 15+
Give It A Shot! All Ages
Group Day Programs All Ages

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We are pleased to announce that the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club is offering two biathlon races this winter season. Whether you're involved in one of our programs or simply want to see what biathlon racing is all about, we encourage you to come out! Race notices will be posted below as they become available.

Club Races
#1 February 24, 2018 - Race Notice
#2 March 17, 2018

Biathlon BC has also announced the 2017/18 BC Cup competition schedule. These races take place across the province and are a great way to meet new people, test your skills, and get a glimpse into the world of a unique sport.

BC Cup #2 will be held in Whistler on February 9-11. Race details can be found here. Registration on Zone4 is now open.

BC Cup #3 will be held in Burns Lake on February 16-18. Race details can be found here. Registration on Zone4 is now open.

The next VIBC club race will be on February 24. View the race notice.

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Membership & Registration

Participation in biathlon at the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club range, either as a participant, coach, official, or volunteer (including parents of minors) requires membership with both the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club, and Biathlon Canada. It is through Biathlon Canada that the liability insurance is provided – this is mandatory for anyone on the range.

Membership rates with Biathlon Canada will depend on your registration category, as either a competitor in the race or recreational classes, official or coach, or volunteer. 

Membership with the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club enables you to register for programs, use the range, rent rifles, take courses, or volunteer for events/activities. Membership fees in turn fund the programs we offer to the community. Members receive a 10% discount on their purchases at Mt. Washington Raven Retail store and at Ski Tak Hut in Courtenay.

2017/18 Membership Registration through Zone4
Biathlon Canada
Vancouver Island Biathlon Club

Early Bird Pricing for VIBC program registration ends November 30th.

**** Registration must be completed before using the range ****

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Rifle and Range Policies
Rifle Rentals
Bears / Masters 11 week $50
Competitive Youth / Masters Annual use $100

The rental fee is to be paid at the time of program registration to ensure a rifle assignment.

Our Rifle and Range Policies cover the following topics:
VIBC Range Use Policy
Range Use Requisites for VIBC Members
Range Use Requisites for Cadet Members
Range Use Pass
Range Availability
Notification of Range Use Outside of Registered Program Hours
Notification of Range Use During Registered Program Hours

Follow this link to learn more about the above policies

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Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to know more about the sport of biathlon?

Biathlon is an Olympic winter sport, which combines competitive, free-technique cross-country skiing and small-bore rifle marksmanship. Several other competition forms of movement and shooting - such as ski archery, snowshoe Biathlon, running and shooting and mountain bike Biathlon - are also normally included in the general category of Biathlon. In British Columbia and around the world, Biathlon competitions are held where a series of different race formats are held over several days. A typical competition weekend in BC would include a day for formal training, followed by a sprint race on Saturday, and then perhaps a mass start on Sunday. On the European World Cup circuit, a competition would involve more races, such as a relay or individual race.

Follow the links below to learn more about the sport of Biathlon. If there's something missing from our FAQs, please e-mail us and we'll add it in. Thanks!

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