Youth HP

Youth High Performance

The Youth HP is a high-performance year round training program designed for athletes graduating from Senior HP and those with aspirations to compete at Canada Winter Games, World Youth and Junior Biathlon Championship and Canadian Biathlon National Championship.  This program is also open to active biathletes aged 16 to 18 with race experience at Canadian National level. The group trains an average of 5 days a week. They spend a considerable amount of time at multi-day training camps in both Canada and the U.S. The training process in this group revolves around individual development with a strong focus on nutrition, race tactics, strategies, recovery, precision shooting and efficient technique under physical and mental stress, detailed photo/video analysis. Each athlete in the Youth HP program receives an individual training plan and is encouraged to maintain an online based biathlon-specific training log. Each athlete seeking entry to this program will have to meet the minimum performance requirements set by the Head Coach.



  • Skate roller skis
  • Skate boots
  • Skate poles with roller ski tips
  • Short classic poles for ski striding
  • Mountain bike
  • Road bike
  • Bike helmet, Gloves
  • Good quality trail running shoes
  • Head Lamp (A MUST)
  • Water Bottle/Belt for training
  • Clothing to Participate in ALL weather conditions.


  • Classic Skis
  • Skate Skis
  • Skate Ski Boots
  • Skate Ski Poles
  • Good quality trail running shoes
  • Appropriate Gloves, Toques, Mitts, Face covering (buff)
  • Wool Socks
  • Base clothing Layers (not cotton)
  • Warm Up or Training clothing
  • CBR Race Suit
  • Glasses for different light and weather conditions
  • Head Lamp *Mandatory for all evening practices
  • Wearable Water Bottle for training.


All biathletes must have a biathlon rifle. There are a number of club rifles available to new biathletes on a first come first served basis, rental is $250 for the first year. Athletes who intend to compete for several years in biathlon are encouraged to purchase their own rifle so that it may be adjusted to their particular requirements. A used biathlon rifle can usually be purchased for about $2,500-$3,500 while the new Anschutz Sprint Fortner biathlon rifle will cost just over $4,000.

All biathletes must pay for the ammunition they use. Typical ammo cost for a year in this group is between $700.00-$1000.00


Annual Fees: $4,125

The athletes are responsible for the purchase of their own training equipment, including rifles, ammunition, skis, mountain bikes as well as membership fees for Biathlon Alberta (Provincial governing body for the sport of biathlon) and Alberta Bicycle Association.

Additional Costs

Using different training facilities throughout the year as well as being able to access certain trails or equipment during practices and camps results in some additional costs:

  • Annual membership with Biathlon Alberta/Biathlon Canada, these are the fees to our sport governing bodies that are required for us to compete in the provincial, national and international competitions
  • Annual membership with the Alberta Bicycle Association allows us to have an insurance coverage for all practices involving bicycles (both road and mountain)
  • Annual ski pass and range user fee at the Canmore Nordic Centre. This is our “home base” and we must pay the fees in order to use the facilities.
  • Equipment rental fees when required (kayaks, paddle boards, etc.)
  • Gym membership fees at WinSport
  • The costs of all training camps are in addition to club annual fee and are split between all athletes in attendance