December 19, 2018

Fun by All at Sovereign Lake Regional Biathlon Race

Last minute instructions for the Biathlon Bear warriors.
Look at all of the clean shooters!
On your marks…
Thank you Sovereign Lake for a great race weekend!

Athletes from across the Okanagan Valley met up at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre this weekend for some fun Biathlon races.  Telemark participants from Bears to Adult Recreation Biathletes turned out some stellar performances.  Many thanks to Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre Biathlon and the sea of volunteers who made it all possible!

Breaking News! Snow on the Ground!

Howdy Biathlon Warriors!  We had a glorious day and a fantastic time up at the range on Saturday 24 November. Snow was a bit lean but there was enough at least for up on the Ramp. Plus, there was plenty of clean shooting.

Bears rushing the ramp!

Five for Five! Another clean shooting bout!

Pure Winter beauty…in November!

A nice day at the range.

Fortune Favours the Brave!

Exciting Biathlon BC Cup Race Weekend Coming to Telemark – Volunteer Positions Open!

Telemark Nordic Club will host this Winter’s Fifth Biathlon BC Cup on 2 and 3 March 2019. Come out and volunteer for this event, see some thrilling Biathlon races and support athletes from across BC and Washington! It is so easy to register to help out. Just click on the link below and select the day or days as well as the types of positions you would like to fill. You’ll be making a difference, meeting great like-minded people and above all feeling the gratitude of our Club and athletes. Thank You!

Click here to volunteer!

If you want to help but you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Murray Carlson at 250-808-4511 or

See you on the trails and up at the range. Please drop by the range any Saturday morning or Thursday evening to get the low-down on our amazing Biathlon range facility!

Telemark Biathlon. Shoot Clean, Ski Fast!


Biathlon Demo Day

Description: On Saturday, 3 November 2018 Telemark Nordic Club in West Kelowna is proud to offer the public an opportunity to experience the thrill of Biathlon shooting. Come try your hand at shooting under the supervision of our coaching staff on a certified Biathlon range.

Time: 1200-1300 hrs: Complete forms at range and pay.

1215/1230/1245/1300 hrs: Complete safety briefing. Sessions every 15 minutes.

1220-1400 hrs: Complete two bouts of shooting 2 magazines each time!

Smokies and buns available for purchase. Prizes and Wrap up!

Location:  Telemark Nordic Club, 4425 Glenrosa Road West Kelowna. Approximately 9km above Gorman’s Mill.  Park in the parking lot and walk in to the range. Signs will be posted to guide you!

Cost: $15 range fee – cash only please (minimum age to shoot is 8 years old)

Point of Contact: Murray Carlson 250-808-4511

See you there!


Biathlon Training – The Beauty of a Sunny Fall Day

Our last Saturday practice for this September. It was a fantastic day with many new coaches delivering quality practice plans and work progressing in our preparations for the coming on-snow season.  A community effort!  Thank you all!

New door for the Fort Lean-to. Just some finishing touches left. 

Newly trained coaches and some new Biathlon Bears!

An enthusiastic crew!


Community Coaching Workshop Produces Six New Telemark Biathlon Coaches

A very successful workshop weekend was held at the main chalet and Biathlon range on 8 and 9 September.  Learning Facilitators Clay Whitman and Jessica Blenkarn lead us through the Silver and Gold Coach training sessions. Also, Murray and Andrew helped co-deliver the Silver workshop content as part of their own Learning Facilitator training. Telemark Nordic Club now has 2  trained Learning Facilitators, 6 newly trained Biathlon Community Coaches and other BC Clubs added at total of 3 Coaches. Many thanks to Clay and Jessica! It was a memorable weekend of sharing experiences and learning for all.


Range Ready

Thanks Murray for cutting down all the weeds and painting the targets – sure looks great! There really ARE targets behind all of those weeds.   It really made a big difference! See everyone at the range Wednesday night. There’s also hill bounding this Tuesday evening. Julia is away but we’ll be there, bounding and sweating. For details please contact Murray.

More hill bounding

The hill bounding crew was out last week. Come on out Tuesday evenings to Mar Jok Elementary in West Kelowna. We start at 1800hrs. Bring old shorter poles if you have some. Otherwise, if you want some just drop a line to Murray Carlson 250-808-4511 and Murray will help you to score some.

Beautiful biathlon video – worth watching

Zone 2 BC Winter Games Qualifier and Regional Race

Our friends at Sovereign Lakes Nordic Club are hosting this year’s BCWG qualifier as well as a fun regional race.  Click here for race invitation and details.  “Zone 2” is the Thompson Okanagan region of BC.

If you are 13 or 14 as of December 31, 2017, you are the right age to compete in biathlon at the upcoming BCWG in Kamloops (February, 2018).  It’s going to be a different event for biathlon at the BCWG this season, as they do not have a normal biathlon facility… so you will get to run instead of ski, and shoot laser rifles instead of 22 rifles.  The BCWG are a fantastic opportunity for athletes to experience a multisport event – kind of like going to the Olympics, with impressive Opening and Closing Ceremonies, all sorts of athletes from all over BC attending and competing in winter sports, and of course the amazing medals.  If you are interested, please talk to your coach this weekend (Bears or Development athletes, this means you!).

The event at Sovereign will be really good – an individual race on Saturday, then an amazingly fun relay race on Sunday!  This event is intended for Bears through Masters, so check it out!

If you are able to volunteer to help at the race (either day or both) please get in touch with Laurie as soon as possible.