September 21, 2021

Telemark Group Training Rules (in plain language!) Update Feb 8th!

Before you Arrive

  • Once per season Athletes and Parents must fill out and sign the CCBC online Participant Agreement acknowledging their acceptance of the risks (you can verify if you have already done this by clicking on the confirmation list) AND complete the Biathlon BC Participant agreement
  • Before Every Training Session All individuals have completed the online self-assessment tool
  • 19+ Age Programs are temporarily Suspended (As of Dec 3rd)

Arrival and Departure at Telemark

  • Masks are to be worn from the car to the Group Rally Point (cross country ski practice) and Vice-versa. Biathlon Practice Rally Points is at the range. A buff is not an acceptable mask substitute. Hand Sanitizer is also required to be carried by athletes
  • No equipment is shared (this includes gloves, armbands, scopes etc); skiers should carry their own water
  • The Telemark Programs have staggered start times to avoid large groups

Practice Rally Points

Each group will meet at a different rally point prior to the start of each practice 

  • L2C at the Timing Hut; Boo’s Trail
  • T2T at the Finish Sprint Hill; Krar Hill (aka the “sugar bump”)
  • Track Attack at the Sprint Course Sign; Elliot Hill
  • Biathlon Practices: Biathlon Range

Physical Distance

  • Program Participants need to maintain a minimum of 3 meters distance from each other unless masked (Updated December 3rd)
  • Physical Contact is to be avoided

Group Size

  • Maximum Youth Athletes in a Ski Program Group is 12
  • Maximum Adult Athletes in a Ski Program (outdoor sport) Group is 4. This number includes the coach. (Updated Feb 8th)
    • Adult Sport is considered 22 Years of age or older.
  • Some groups require additional support from parents to help encourage our rules. We should try to avoid more than 1 parent for every 4 skiers
  • Group list:
    • L2C Ski Group: Francis, Clair, Ian, Garrett, Nathan, Finn, Evan, Breagh, Alessia, Alex R, Oliver G, Timur.
    • L2C-1/T2T-2 Bridge Program Ski Group: Camille, Cathrine, Kaelin, Rowan MB (Option of Thursday with L2C for the intensity workout) 
    • T2T-2 Ski Group: Lauren, Caitlyn M, Aya, Chloe Sylvie, Mika, Tyler.
    • T2T-1 Ski Group:  Kai, Thomas, Rowan B, Jasmine, Sophie, Tayte, Anna, Seth, Ayla, Nathan M. Eric
    • L2C Biathlon group: Alex R., Oliver, Timur, Enzo, Camille, Catherine
    • T2T Biathlon group: Tayte, Anna, Sophie, Jasmine, Tyler, Mika

Shooting Practices

  • Mats scopes and ropes should be assigned to one athlete for the duration of practice
  • Every other lane must be left vacant to ensure physical distancing (Updated December 3rd)
  • Each athlete much have their own rifle rack (Updated December 3rd)
  • Mats and Scopes must be sanitized after each user
  • A maximum of 3 people, wearing masks, are allowed in the “Fort” at one time
  • A maximum of one person is allowed in the “Shed” and “Hut” at one time
  • All coaches and parent helpers are required to wear masks while on the range.


  • Carpooling is not permitted (Updated December 3rd)
  • Van use and Car shuttling are not permitted
  • Cross-Regional and Inter-Provincial Travel are not currently permitted


  • Coach ensures that athletes have been screened for Covid Symptoms
  • A Record of Participants is Maintained
  • Coach reminds athletes of the rules at the beginning of the session

If you get Sick

  • Athletes are required to inform their head coach if they get sick immediately
  • Positive Covid test results are required to be shared with the athlete’s head coach immediately

NCCP Coaching Workshop (CCI-L2T Dryland) Oct 2-4, 2020

NCCP Competition Coach Introduction (CCI-L2T) – Dryland Cross Country Skiing Workshop 

Oct 2-4, 2020 Telemark Nordic Club – Kelowna

The NCCP L2T (Dryland) Cross Country Skiing Workshop is the third step in the NCCP progression. Coaches are taught about developmental age, physical literacy, team building, athletic components (aerobic fitness, speed, etc.), nutrition, how to design their own sport program, adventure-based activities (year-round), roller-skiing and planning a practice. Full Course DescriptionPrerequisites: Successful completion of the Community Coaching Workshop and a minimum age of 16 years on the first day of the L2T (Dryland) workshop. 

Sign up on Zone4 here:

Prerequisites: Completion of NCCP Community Coach and minimum age of 16yrs on the day of the workshop.

Date & Time: Oct 2-4, 2020 18.25 hours (2.5 days)

Location: Kelowna (exact location TBD)

Cost: $100 for CCBC members – $200 for non-member

Equipment: Bring a pen and paper and a desire to learn

Course Facilitator: TBA

Registration Closes: Sept 27 midnight. Please click on ‘Continue’ below to proceed to register for the workshop. Link to Calendar of all NCCP Cross Country Skiing workshops offered in BC 

Demo Day and Pumpkin Shoot

Great turnout today for Demo Day (thanks Larch Hills Race Team!) and the annual Bears Pumpkin Shoot.  It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic participants on the range.  The Relay Race was a real highlight for everyone with 5 teams going head to head.

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to make this a fun, safe event for everyone.  Now we just need the snow to fall and we can get back to racing!

Biathlon Coach Needed

Request for Expression of Interest for Biathlon Coach at Telemark Nordic Club

The Telemark Biathlon Program in West Kelowna, B.C. is looking for interested individuals to be part of a dynamic coaching team of paid and volunteer coaches. We have a large program that encompasses programs for beginners (Bears), recreational, Masters, and competitive biathletes. The coaching positions report to the Chair of the Telemark Biathlon Parent Committee.

Our club strives to provide programs for the continual development of biathlon from introduction to national excellence for all ages and abilities and follows the LTAD model where appropriate. We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic and committed coaches.


 Provide coaching expertise to all biathletes and coaches.

  • Deliver on-snow and dryland training opportunities 4-5 days per week
  • Develop annual training programs for Telemark Nordic Club biathletes.
  • Provide direction, assignments and mentoring to volunteer coaches.
  • Oversee race coaching, both prior to and at races, including directions for ski wax preparation.

Position Requirements

 Minimum NCCP Biathlon Competition Development Certified or equivalent.

  • Minimum NCCP Nordic T2T Certified or equivalent.
  • Experienced wax technician.
  • Must have own transportation.
  • PAL certified.
  • Knowledgeable Range Safety Officer with experience maintaining biathlon rifles
  • Criminal records check.
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in a dynamic team environment.
  • Motivated to work independently and take a leadership role.
  • Good interpersonal and motivational skills.

Part time position with sessional payments.

Submit cover letter and resume in confidence to Michelle Banser, Chair, Telemark Biathlon Committee

Application Deadline: August 15th, 2018

Off and Running! (well… bounding!)

The Team had our first Tuesday workout with Julia and Jasper this evening, striding and bounding in the hills above Mar Jok Elementary school in West Kelowna.  These weekly workouts are aimed at the 13-18 year old group plus any Masters that want to get in a good workout.

Hill bounding with Olympic biathlete Julia Ransom!

Biathlon BC announces provincial squads

Congratulations to Colton, Danica, Kira, Makenna and Natalie for being nominated to the Biathlon BC Development Squad and to Rory for being nominated to the Biathlon BC Talent Squad.  It is quite an accomplishment to have all six of our race team members making it onto the provincial squads!  It takes a village to support an athlete, so thanks also to all the coaches, families and the Telemark community for continuing to support these aspiring young athletes!

Danica on the Biathlon Canada U20 National Development Team

Congratulations to Danica on being selected for the BiCan under 20 National Development Team!  Danica capped off a great season with a podium finish at the National Championships, and joins BC’s Benita Peiffer, Larissa Black, Gillian Gowling, Claire Lesawich, Cole Bender and Ryan Elden as well as biathletes from across Canada on the team.  Well done Danica!

Nationals have begun

It’s been a bit cold in Charlo New Brunswick but things are heating up with the Sprint race about to start on Wednesday.  Thursday will see the Pursuit, Relays on Saturday and the Individual on Sunday.

First out for Team BC will be Jasper in the Men category.

Julia Ransom will be one of four Canadian women from the national team racing in the Women category – that’s going to be intense!  Go Julia!

Natalie will lead off Team BC in the Senior Girls category, with Danica and Kira not far behind.  There are six Senior Girls from BC in the category.

Colton will race in the afternoon, one of five BC Youth Men.

Best wishes for our Telemark athletes, and good luck to all Team BC for a wonderful National Championships!

The results will be posted on Zone4.

Kira was the flag bearer leading in Team BC!


Julia’s Last Nationals

Check out this great scene at the end of Julia’s last Pursuit race in Holmenkollen…  click here

Julia will be racing in Charlo, NB with Team BC this week at the Canadian National Championships.  She will be there with Telemark athletes Jasper, Colton, Natalie, Danica and Kira.

To my Telemark Family,

I’ve finally had a chance to catch my breath after what feels like, the busiest season of my career! 

A Cole’s Notes version of World Cup results this season:

– Two top-10 individual performances
– Six top-20 results
– Four top-30 individual performances. 
– Currently ranked 38th in the World. (Hopefully even a little higher after next week’s World Cup’s in Oslo!)
– Officially an Olympian 🙂 

Looking back, I can’t complain.  It has been my most successful season to date! What results don’t show was how much fun I had, the friendships that were made, and the immense sense of pride I carried representing Canada. Of course, the season’s pièce de résistance was competing at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. It was an experience I will hold close to my heart and will never forget. It gave me a renewed sense of patriotism and reminded me how lucky we are to live where we do. 

With the last World Cup weekend of our season starting tomorrow (Biathlon Canada, along with other Nations, are not attending events in Russia due to non-compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency), I would like officially announce that they will be the last World Cup races of my career. I will finish my career at Canadian National Championships back with my home province and club. 

I will be transitioning into full-time student life at UBC Okanagan with the goal of applying to dentistry school. You’ll still find me on the trails (probably even still on roller-skis from time to time!) and hopefully helping to bring up the next generation of racers. 

Thank you for believing in this life long dream and goal. Not only am I forever grateful that you helped make the dream a reality, but I feel so fortunate to have had such wonderful people be a part of the journey. Your kindness and generosity is something I look forward to passing on to future skiers. 

Please stay in touch, and don’t hesitate to ask for anything you may need. As I said, I am forever grateful for your support! 

See you on the trails!

Yours in sport, 

Julia Ransom

Thank you Volunteers!

I want to send out an absolutely enormous thank you to everyone. I heard so many comments from the athletes and their support crews about how great the race was. It’s so much work to put these events on and I’m sure you’re all exhausted but you all did an amazing job and it wouldn’t have been a success without you all. I just want you to know that the Telemark Community appreciates all your efforts and the athletes appreciate it is well. Thank you again, you are all amazing: from making soups to setting up course to range, timing and absolutely everything.
Thank you,

Michelle Banser
Chairperson, Telemark Biathlon Committee

Our amazing volunteers made for a fantastic weekend

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