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Joanne Reid Women's Biathlon Festival (Safety Certification Clinic and Races)


The Joanne Reid Women's Biathlon Festival is a series of biathlon (and biathlon-adjacent) events exclusively for women. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Refer to the event web page for additional festival details, and read on for brief descriptions of the safety certification clinic and races.

  • Ensure you have a valid USBA membership
  • Ensure you have a signed waiver on file for the current CBC fiscal year (Nov 1 - October 31).
  • If you plan to use a .22 rifle in the event, you will also need proof of USBA Rifle Safety Certification. If you plan to attend the safety certification clinic offered on March 22, 2024, enter "attending 3/22/24" in the field asking for proof of safety certification.

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Julia Collins (


See the format and distance descriptions on the CBC web site for all race formats.

Safety Certification Clinic: The USBA Basic Rifle Safety Certification is required to compete in any winter biathlon with a .22. This course is capped at 10 participants with a minimum age of 11. Club rifles are available for participants 13 and older, but 11 or 12 year olds must provide their own biathlon legal rifle and ammunition. The classroom portion of the course will cover the basics of firearm function and components, how to handle and operate the rifle safely in a biathlon setting, a brief history of the sport, what to expect when you arrive at a race, and the basics of the many different formats of biathlon. We will conduct a low-pressure assessment of your understanding of the safety materials and then after a break will head to the range to provide some instructed live fire practice, a few basic drills, and some orientation to get you ready for your first race. Prior to coming to class, you must complete the USBA online training and knowledge check (plan for about 30 minutes for this). The course can be accessed after setting up an account here.

Sprint: Three ski laps with two shooting bouts (prone, stand for age 15 and older). U15/U13 competitors shoot in the prone position only.

Mass Start: Five ski laps with four shooting bouts (prone, prone, stand, stand shooting sequence for age 15 and older). 
All prone shooting for U15 and U13 competitors, and a total of three shooting bouts for U13 competitors.

Single Mixed Relay: Single mixed relay format, but all-women teams!
Each team member may choose to ski the 1km or 1.5km course, and will ski that same course multiple times, with the total number of ski laps depending on the skier's position in the team. The lead-off team member will ski a total of four laps; the anchor team member will ski a total of five laps. Each team member shoots four times.

All prone shooting for U15 and U13 competitors.

Thursday, March 21, 2024 to Sunday, March 24, 2024
Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies
1101 Co Rd 53
Granby, CO  80466
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Julia Collins
Andrew Hudon
Multi-day festival
Registration is required before Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
Safety Certification Clinic
Race entry: Sprint
Use of CBC .22 rifle (Sprint)
Use of CBC pellet rifle (Sprint)
Race entry: Mass Start
Use of CBC .22 rifle (Mass Start)
Use of CBC pellet rifle (Mass Start)
Race entry: Relay
Use of CBC .22 rifle (Relay)
Use of CBC pellet rifle (Relay)