What is the EABC?The Ethan Allen Biathlon Club is an organization dedicated promoting the sport of biathlon for all ages. In addition, our coaches are dedicated to the development and success of young athletes in the sport of biathlon on the local, national and international stage. With a world-class facility that is one of the best in the country situated right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont, we have a unique opportunity for attracting and training local athletes.
ProgramsSummer Race Series - EABC holds a 6 race summer (running) biathlon race series on Thursday evenings throughout July and August. These races are open to beginners as well as experienced biathletes and include Sprint, Pursuit, Individual and sometimes Relay format for distances of 5 to 10 kilometers. Safety clinic, instruction and rifles are available for novices. Awards are given at the end of the series. Minimum age to race is 14.
Winter Race Series - EABC holds a 6 race winter (skiing) biathlon race series on Thursday evenings under the lights in January and February. These races are open to beginners as well as experienced biathletes and include Sprint, Pursuit, Individual and sometimes Relay format for distances of 5 to 10 kilometers. Safety clinic, instruction and rifles are available for novices. Awards are given at the end of the series. Minimum age to race is 14.
Youth/Junior Coaching - EABC Youth and Junior athletes have gone on to compete at all levels of national and international biathlon competition. Coaching is provided on a year round basis to young athletes interested in improving their shooting, skiing, endurance and competition skills. The year is broken into training blocks and sessions are typically held twice per week. A training plan and schedule are worked out between the participating athletes and the coach to meet the needs of the athletes. No previous biathlon experience necessary.
Air Rifle / Laser (10-13 years old) - Younger skiers can participate in less formal training with air rifles and laser rifles. Fun races are held as well as plenty of skiing.
Senior/Master Training - Master and Senior EABC members train at the range during scheduled training times. Rifles are available and ammunition can be purchased. Coaching is available informally from more experienced biathletes. Occasionally, more formal practices with EABC and Guest coaches are available. This group comes together to support each others improvement, for friendly competition, and to share the enjoyment of this sport.
Special Events - Special events change from year to year and are an opportunity to introduce new people to the sport of biathlon, share our facilities with regional, national and international athletes and host championship caliber races. These events include...
- Weekend Biathlon Races - Typically held in the Spring and Fall and organized to be beginner friendly as well as a racing opportunity for biathletes from further away.
- Mt. Bike Biathlon - Now a recognized and popular biathlon variation, the trails at EABC are an ideal challenge for all abilities. We hope to continue this event each Fall.
- Masters Biathlon Camp - The popularity of biathlon among masters has been growing steadily and so has the desire to provide higher level and more complete training/learning opportunities for these athletes. Plans are underway to offer one day training camps aimed at improving shooting skills, skiing technique, range race procedures, and race tactics. The camps would be staffed by top level coaches. Stay tuned to the web site for more details.
- NORAM Series Race - The North American Cup races are held throughout Canada and the United States each winter and represent some of the highest level of biathlon competition in North America. EABC has traditionally hosted a NORAM race each winter.
- North American Rollerski Biathlon Cup - Hosted by EABC in 2009 and 2010, these races attract the top U.S. and Canadian biathletes. Our exceptional paved rollerskiing trail network make EABC a strong candidate to host these races in the future and a wonderful opportunity for members not racing to help out and watch future and current Olympic biathletes compete.
- Disabled Athletes Program - This is a new effort begun along with National Guard biathletes and aiming toward providing and opportunity and support for military and non-military disabled athletes to experience and compete in biathlon.