January 13th, 2013 - Newcomer Biathlon Clinic

A Winter Instructional competition presented by WBA at SPNC

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On a bitter cold day at SPNC (6 degrees when I pulled into the lot), we had a great intro clinic. A full class of 20 athletes showed to learn about the sport, zero some club rifles (and Jim Slyfield's Anschutz!), shoot some metal, and participate in a fun race.

Everyone involved learned how to safely handle a rifle within the context of a biathlon competition, as well as techniques to improve their shooting. All of the instructors would agree that many very talented athletes showed up, all of whom we hope participate in coming races.

Here's a short POV video of the fun race. Photos of the event are also available on our facebook page. Thank you very much to all of the students and to all of the instructors who so graciously volunteered their time.

- Greg Daly

IMPORTANT: The biathlon clinic site (for day two) 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 a basic refresher. 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.

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
8:30 to 9:00 am: On site check in at the Nordic Center (pre-registering by mail is 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
12:00 to 1:00 pm: Lunch and discussion (bring a sack lunch). We will have water, but the range is remote
1:00 to 3:00 pm: Range procedures, positions and race tactics
3:00 to 3:30 pm: Short ‘fun’ race
3:30 to 4:00 pm: 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 breakdown 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.