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The Masters program is directed at cross country skiers aged 15+ who have at least one or more years of skiing experience, and who wish to continue their skill development through the exciting and challenging sport of biathlon. This program teaches the basic skills of biathlon in a safe and fun environment. The goal of the program is to build confidence with skiing and shooting skills and to provide a fun introduction to a fantastic and challenging sport. There is 1 Biathlon Range session per week which focuses on developing marksmanship skills and putting it all together with ski skills in order to compete recreationally in biathlon with program co-participants at club fun races or at a higher level if they so choose.

Ski Training
The Masters program is directed at cross country skiers aged 15+ who have at least one or more years of skiing experience, and who wish to continue their skill development through the exciting and challenging sport of biathlon. This program teaches the basic skills of biathlon in a safe and fun environment. The goal of the program is to build confidence with skiing and shooting skills and to provide a fun introduction to a fantastic and challenging sport. There is 1 Biathlon Range session per week which focuses on developing marksmanship skills and putting it all together with ski skills in order to compete recreationally in biathlon with program co-participants at club fun races or at a higher level if they so choose.

Ski Equipment
Participants are required to provide their own skate skiing equipment. If you want to rent equipment we recommend the seasonal rental package from the Nordic Lodge.

Rifles & License
Masters participants are not required to have their own rifle. 10 rifles are available for rent for the program. The total number of participants is thus dependent on the number of rifles available. Masters athletes may wish to consider purchasing a rifle if they expect to continue with biathlon. This lends to better fit of the rifle to the individual, and thus improved success. Although an expensive outlay, fortunately the investment of a rifle typically holds its’ value well.

Masters participants are not required to have their Possession and Acquisition License (PAL), but it is encouraged. The firearms safety education of the course is highly valuable as a biathlete. Further, if the Master’s participant wishes to attend any race, or practice shooting outside of program time, they must have their PAL.

Program Support
The Masters program operates with a high coach to athlete ratio, however participant support is required to make this program successful. Participants will be expected to help out for at least 3 of the sessions in some capacity, as well as volunteer at the club races. Participants are also required to attend a mandatory range safety education session during the first Masters session.

Participants are also encouraged to take club sponsored coaching or officiating courses to help give back to the club as well as enhance their own understanding of the sport. There are also numerous other roles and responsibilities in the club we encourage our Masters participants to engage in.

Competition
The club will host 2 fun races which are included as part of the Masters program. These races are lots of fun and provide the participant with the opportunity to really put it all together. In addition, we encourage all Masters who are interested in attending, to join the club at the Biathlon BC Cup race at the Whistler Olympic Park. A typical race weekend for a BC Cup series consists of two races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday in slightly different race formats. There will be coach support available for Masters participants at this race.

Winter Session 2017
January 7 - March 18th
Saturdays 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Program fee includes 2 Fun Club Races.

Optional BC Cup Race #3 in Whistler: January 28th & 29th – costs to be determined.

Program Fee: $200, includes ammunition
Rifle Rental Fee: $50 – program only, $100 - annual

Registration
Masters participants need to be a member of the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club, as well as Biathlon Canada and Biathlon BC for insurance purposes. Please see the website registration page for details.

Ski Passes
Masters are required to have a valid Mt. Washington Alpine Resort trail pass. You may purchase individual day passes, but season passes are generally more economical for the duration of the program. Please see the website for details www.mtwashington.ca.