biathlon - COMPetition AIR

Highlands Trailblazers Competitive Air Rifle Biathlon Team is comprised of athletes that compete at the provincial level, have the desire to compete at the Provincial Championships, and who focus on training and learning to be competitive.

The aim of the Trailblazers organization is to develop competent technical skiers and well balanced athletes ranging in age from 14 to 20. Our Head Coach oversees a number of other qualified coaches who deliver training programs to the athletes.

  • Competition Air Grade 8 and Daisies must register for Junior Devo
  • Competition Air Grade 9 must register for Comp

Athletes participating in the Biathlon Competitive Programs will also need to purchase the appropriate race licenses from sport organizing bodies (Biathlon Canada, Biathlon Ontario)


This is a year round program to help develop athletes to compete both locally and provincially. This program is for experienced biathletes that want to train their skills to a high level, and are interested in competing in multiple Nordic and biathlon events throughout the year. With a focus on race competition, Comp A/R athletes train to a plan that combines group practices, independent workouts and the athlete's other sports and activities.

Depending on age, athletes train with either the Jr Devo Nordic Team or the Comp Nordic Team and a majority of training is performed as part of the larger team.

Dryland training follows the Nordic program (July for Comp and Sept for Jr Devo) and will include roller skiing, ski striding, running, cycling and weekly strength training to develop the physical strength, balance, and flexibility to support enhanced ski performance.

Rifle training will focus on refining the prone positioning using an S-400 compressed-air rifle, advanced precision skills, high intensity combination shooting skills, and race specific shooting tactics.


13-14/15 (Biathlon Junior categories respectively) or by invite based on sport specific speed ability

Coaching Objectives

  • Guide the athletes, involve the parents, and mentor new prospective coaches
  • Develop skills and talents necessary to graduate athletes to further levels of personal success
  • Create the team environment needed to be able to compete well at all HTB events
  • Allow appropriate challenges to generate individual and team growth
  • Work closely with HTBCT Nordic Jr. Comp coach to coordinate season plans, race schedules and weekly training load

Program Expectations

  • provide opportunity for athletes to develop and be true to their goals
  • be an active part of the ski and biathlon sport communities at all levels of local, divisional, and provincial events
  • provide quality mentorship to all levels of the HTB ski and biathlon programs

HTB Comp-Air Athlete Expectations

  • be a positive influence to the program
  • be honest with your efforts and generous with your spirit
  • respect your teammates and their time
  • communicate with the coaching staff if unable to attend a scheduled event
  • show a great interest when the coach talks too much and you just want to go ski :-)

Athlete Program requirements

  1. sign the code of conduct
  2. take part in coaching education opportunities
  3. have a quality sport-watch or heart rate monitor with chronometer/timer
  4. maintain contact with the coaches when recovering from illness or injury
  5. keep a very very very detailed notebook of all coaching lectures :-)

Athlete Equipment Requirements

  1. 1 pair skate race skis
  2. 1 pair skate training (“rock”) skis for use in all conditions
  3. 1 pair classic training skis for use in all conditions
  4. poles with lengths as suggested by the coach for skate and classic
  5. 1pr skate roller-skis (and helmet)
  6. appropriate roller ski poles with correct ferrules and grips
  7. ski striding poles (5cm shorter than your suggested classic length)
  8. .177-caliber compressed air-cylinder biathlon rifle (owned or leased)

Program Fees

Priced according to appropriate ski program.

Starting at:

  • (Gr. 8s) Junior Devo Fee +$75 Ammunition and Equipment fee
  • (Gr. 9s) Comp Fee +$75 Ammunition and Equipment fee
  • Must be registered by May 10

(Price increases by $25 on July 16)

*Registrants in the HTB competition teams (nordic and biathlon) and Junior Development must purchase a season pass from Highlands Nordic.

Additional Costs

  • Air Rifle Lease (Daisy $50 or S400 $125) The coach will determine the type of rifle for the registrant and an invoice will be issued by the club for the season’s lease.
  • Trail pass (not included in program fee)
  • Individual 2019-2020 Biathlon Canada Registration:
  • Camps
  • Travel to and accommodation at events,
  • Race entry fees


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Suggested daily training and strength training with introduction of support team and education sessions

Spring & Summer training

May - August schedule

Starting of the Program:

  • Testing Camp - May 11 & 12
  • Cycling camp - June 8 & 9
  • Volume Camp - July 22 to 26
  • Tuesday @ Blue Mountain, 5-6:30
  • Thursday @ Various, 5-6:30
  • Saturday @ Highlands, 9-1

Fall training

September date, TBD

  • Tuesday sprints, 5-6:30
  • Thursday, 5-6:30
  • Saturday @ Highlands, 9-1
  • Saturday @Highlands, 1-3:30 (range training)
  • Sunday @ Highlands, 9-12

Winter training (When at home):

  • Tuesday, 4-5:30
  • Thursday, 4-5:30
  • Saturday, 9-1
  • Sunday, 9-12

Possible Race events will include:

  • SOD paraffin racing
  • Ontario Ocup events
  • Noram events
  • Local Loppets

Goal events

* Each athlete will work to their goals for establishing key events


  • 2 major, away races (Chelsea and one other Q-Cup race)
  • 7 other regional Nordic and Biathlon races