It began, they say, more than a century ago as a training exercise for Norwegian soldiers, which goes a long way toward explaining how cross-country skiing and riflery met. The result is biathlon, the only sport that involves ski wax and bullets. And this is one of the few places you can learn about it and experience being a biathlete!

In the summer months, obviously you can’t ski the trails without snow, but you can get heart racing—the idea being to simulate the rush biathletes feel as they try to line up a target. Then you’ll step up to the range in our Cross Country Stadium, take aim, and fire a 22 rifle or a paintball gun (12 & under) to test your marksmanship. Come out and see how you do; it’s worth a shot!


Please find the 2021 summer/fall season schedule below for Be A Biathlete at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. You can also visit the Activity Calendar page to view the full schedule of activity offerings by date.

  • Memorial Day Weekend (May 28 – 31): Friday – Monday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • June 3 – 20: Thursday – Sunday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • June 23 – September 6: Daily from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm


Activity availability is subject to change and may be weather-dependent. 


Be A Biathlete sessions are approximately one hour in length. Tickets may be purchased in person day-of at the Mountain Pass Lodge at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.

Ticket TypeAgesPrice
Be A Biathlete (1 hr)Ages 7+$35
Be A Biathlete (Military Rate)Ages 7+ (valid military ID required)$25

Before You Arrive

Face Covering Requirements

Be sure to visit our Health & Safety Information page via the link below in advance of your visit for face covering requirements.


Participants Requirements

All Be A Biathlete participants must complete an Assumption of Risk Agreement in advance. If you plan to purchase your Be A Biathlete package(s) online, you will sign this form as part of the checkout path. You may also complete the Assumption of Risk Agreement in person at the Mountain Pass Lodge if purchasing in person.

Closed-toe shoes are required—no sandals or flip flops.