What is Biathlon?
Biathlon is a winter Olympic sport that combines the thrill of cross country skiing with the skill of rifle shooting.
Athletes ski around a set course and the rifle shooting happens at a rifle range within that course. Athletes aim to shoot five targets on the range. A penalty loop is skied for each target that is missed or a time penalty is imposed for each miss.
For a quick and exciting intro to the sport, take a look at the Biathlon 4 Newbies video below:
How to join Wanaka Biathlon Club
If you, your child, or your whole family are interested in becoming members of our club - or if you are visiting and intend using our range - please fill out our membership form
If you are new to Biathlon
If you are new to the sport of biathlon and you are keen to watch and perhaps even give it a go, then come along to one of the club mornings at Snow Farm. We advertise these on this website or facebook.
If you are at school in the Wanaka area, then Team Snow Farm is the best way for you to learn. Team Snow Farm can be contacted via email.
If you are not an experienced shooter, regardless of your age, consider attending a small bore rifle club shoot before heading up to Snow Farm. During the winter, small bore shooting takes place at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Monday's at 6:30 pm.
Learning the basics of target shooting indoors is not only more comfortable for you but more conducive to retaining the information you have learnt. Having this basic shooting and skiing knowledge under-your-belt before coming to the range will make your first biathlon experience a lot more enjoyable.
If after trying biathlon you are keen to continue, the club requires anyone 15 years of age or older to attain their firearms licence.
Wanaka Biathlon Club History
Biathlon is a young sport in New Zealand and it is very much in it's infancy years. The Wanaka Biathlon Club was formed in 2009 and is headed by a group of enthusiastic volunteers who are largely parents of youth involved in the sport. Our training volunteers have come from a shooting or a skiing background and run the club's Sunday training sessions with a mix of biathlon drills as well as training races.