Biathlon

A seemingly unlikely combination of events – one is an aerobic activity (skiing, running/walking or mountain biking) which requires strength, speed and endurance: the other is a passive activity (shooting) which requires concentration and a steady hand (difficult after you’ve been skiing, running/walking, or biking all out!).

The earliest known reference to hunting from skis goes back to Norwegian cave paintings dated 2000 years ago. The first known biathlon with firearms was held in Scandanavia in the mid 1700’s. Biathlon was adopted as an Olympic sport in 1955. Well-known local competitive skier, Jack Armstrong, visited the club at our first event in '07 and told us about being on the United States team in the first World Biathlon Championships held in Saalfelden, Austria in 1958. This was the US introduction to winter biathlon competition and the training ground for the US participation in the first Olympic Biathlon which was held in Squaw Valley, California in 1960. Olympic Biathlons use the same caliber rifles on the same-sized targets at the same distances as we will be using here at the Pemi Mountaineer competitions.

Summer Biathlon grew naturally out of Winter Biathlon as a means of keeping in shape for the whole season. Cross-country running is the most popular form of Summer Biathlon in the U.S.A. and Canada. In addition to the Match Class (for experienced biathletes), we offer a Walk Class, a Beginner Class, a Novice Class and two Youth Classes (12 & Under and 13 to 16) where the same or alternative distances are walked or run. This allows everyone to take part in this sport! In addition, we initiated a Mountain Bike Biathlon event in 2008. This event was very well received and will continue to be among our offerings.

The Pemi Mountaineers proud to also offer a WHEELCHAIR CLASS at all events as well as alternative ADAPTIVE CLASSES. These are in cooperation with New England Disables Sports headquartered in Lincoln, NH and with Eastern Adaptive Sports headquartered in Ashland, NH. For more information on EAS please contact Geoff Krill at 603-616-6067 or email geoff@easternadaptivesports.org. Check out their web site at easternadaptivesports.org

After a great and well attended '15 season, we are ready to begin the Pemi Mountaineers eighth season of biathlon with three winter events, four summer events and a mountain bike event to round out 2016.

Jan 31st (Sun.) - winter
Feb 20th (Sat.) - winter
Mar 12th (Sat.) - winter
May 21st (Sat.) - summer
Jun 18th (Sat.) - summer
Jul 3rd (Sun.) - summer
Sep 17th (Sat.) - summer
Oct 8th (Sat.) - mountain bike (& summer)

The Biathlon are held snow/rain or shine, but will be cancelled if thunder is heard from the property during a race. The Winter Biathlon dates are subject to snow cover; please refer to the Event Calendar for announcements or email mail@pemi.org. Rifles may be protected from rain by clear plastic garbage bags if necessary.

We plan to have two relays: 11:00 and 1:00 and the match fee is $15 for either relay or $25 for both relays – if you bring your own rifle.  If you need to use a Club rifle, the match fee is $20 for either relay or $30 for both relays. There will be divisions for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Skate skiing will be available depending on snow cover and snow grooming availability.

Sign-in will start at 8:30 at the clubhouse. In winter biathlon the rifles are carried slung across the back in the skiing or snow shoeing phases of the match for Match Class participants only. All other biathletes will stage their rifles on the racks provided at the firing line. Sign-in for summer and mountain bike events will be on the field, weather permitting. Participants can download sign-in (one-sided, two individuals) and liability waver (two-sided, one individual) forms from the Pemi.org web site and bring them to facilitate sign-in.

Safety briefing and sight-in will follow sign-in. All participants are required to attend the safety briefing, and it is also highly recommended for all spectators.  During sight-in any new-to-shooting and new-to-biathlon competitors will be trained. Coaching is available. Age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Adaptive class participants are welcome at all events and the course will be modified to the ability of the participant.


Some club rifles are available for use. Notify administrator on sign-in if you will need to use a club rifle.


Ammo needs to be subsonic and we will continue to use Eley subsonic Match Ammo this year.


Basics of Biathlon Event:

Time penalty can be taken in place of penalty loops, but most competitors complete penalty loop in less than the time penalty, and choose the extra exercise.

Click Here For Biathlon Forms


For further information see the Event Calendar or email mail@pemi.org,