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. Levels of training for individual athletes will vary according to their individual goals.
VIBC encourages Masters participants to seek additional ski coaching (including classic technique) outside the Masters program in order to build the ski skills necessary to be a competent biathlete. Strathcona Nordics Ski Club offers Beginner and Intermediate Masters sessions on Saturday and/or Sunday mornings from 10am -12pm, as well as a Competitive Masters program which runs year-round Wednesday morning or evening, and Saturday mornings (summer & fall) or Sunday afternoons (winter on-snow). Please check the website for exact scheduling details.
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 & Licence
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.
Masters participants are not required to have their own rifle. Rifles are available on a limited basis for rent for the program. 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 will now be required to supply their own ammunition for their training. Those with a PAL will be responsible for handling/storage of their own. Those without a PAL can purchase ammunition from the club, label it with your name and have it safely stored for you week to week during the program.
The Masters program operates with volunteer coaches and so participant support is required to make this program successful. Participants will be expected to help out following the sessions in some capacity for clean-up, as well as volunteer at the club races. Participants are 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.
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. Masters are welcome to attend any number of races they would like, but need to consult with the coach regarding athlete support available.
Winter Session 2018
January 6 - March 17th
Saturdays 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Program fee includes 2 Fun Club Races: February 24th and March 17th.
Optional BC Cup Race #2 in Whistler: Feb 9th-11th – costs to be determined.
Program Fee: Early Bird $200, after Nov 30th $235, DOES NOT include ammunition
Rifle Rental Fee: $50 – program only, $100 - annual
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 membership & registration page for details. Unless you plan to compete at BC Cup races, you can select a Recreational level membership with Biathlon Canada.
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.