February 1st, 2020 - Biathlon Intro Clinic

A Winter Instructional competition presented by WBA at SPNC

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IMPORTANT: The biathlon clinic site is 3km from the Nordic Center and there are no services there. The on-site portion of the clinic runs 10:00 to mid-afternoon. Attendees need to bring their lunch or snack. Water will be provided.

Clinic Site: The Stevens Pass Nordic Center is located on U.S. Hwy 2, five miles east of the summit of Stevens Pass. The Biathlon Range is a 3km ski from the Nordic Center. Do not buy a trail pass at the Nordic Center; it is covered in your entry fee.

Eligibility: This event is designed for those new to Biathlon and those interested in biathlon. It includes the mandatory safety class as well as training in range procedures, race strategy and marksmanship. It is not intended for experienced Biathletes.

Volunteers/Instructors: Instructors will be SPNC certified ski instructors and experienced biathletes from the Washington Biathlon Association, including athletes who have competed nationally and internationally. For more information please contact Clinic Director Bob Vallor at bob.vallor@wabiathlon.org or (425) 427-8841.

Safety Certification: The Mandatory U.S. Biathlon Association safety certification course will be given with this clinic. If you have already taken the safety course you are encouraged to go again, as there have been some rule changes in recent seasons.

Clinic Day Format and Schedule
9:00 to 9:30 am: On site check in at the Nordic Center (pre-registering is required for this event). The day consists of Skate-Ski training provided by the Ski School staff at the Nordic Center with skate skiing session and questions & answers with experienced biathletes followed by a ski waxing demo/clinic.
8:30 to 9:00 am: On site check in at the Nordic Center (pre-registering required for this event). Please note we cannot accept credit or debit cards. Make checks out to Washington Biathlon Association
9:00 to 10:00 am: USBA Safety Clinic
10:00 to 10:30 am: Ski to the Range
10:30 to 12:00 noon: Rifle familiarization and zeroing
Lunch (bring a sack lunch) during a break decided by students and their coach. We will have water, but the range is remote
12:00 to 2:00 pm: Range procedures, positions and race tactics
2:00 to 2:30 pm: Short ‘fun’ race
2:30 to 3:00 pm: Open range
3:00 to 4:00 Range equipment breakdown

When to arrive at the Range: Early arrival at the range is encouraged as help with range and course set-up that will be needed prior to the clinic. Please do your part and help with set-up before the event and break-down afterward.

Rifles: Rifles will be available for those without their own. They are Izhmash Bi 7-4 and Bi 7-3 biathlon rifles. We do have left handed rifles.

Lodging: With a few exceptions the nearest lodging is in Leavenworth, 30 miles east of the Nordic Center. Leavenworth offers numerous choices and varied rates. Check on line at www.leavenworth.org.

WASHINGTON CUP SERIES Beginning January 4th with a race at Stevens Pass Nordic the WBA will host five race weekends of racing at Stevens Pass Nordic. The winter competition series features nine races of varying length and format. The International Biathlon Union season points system will be in effect for nine of the races and racer points will be totaled to determine the state champions in age groups as well as a ranking list. A biathlete must compete in five of the races to qualify for the points list. Join us for exciting Biathlon competitions this season.