Introduction to biathlon in the French Jura
The biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. It is an Olympic sport, with contestants skiing through a cross-country trail divided into shooting rounds.
A bit of history
Originally, the activity that developed into this sport was an alternative training for Norwegian military. Norwegian skiing regiments organised military skiing contests in the 18th century, divided into four classes: shooting at mark while skiing at top speed, downhill race among trees, downhill race on big hills without falling, and a long race on flat ground while carrying a rifle and military pack. 20th-century variants included a military contest with a 17 km cross-country race with shooting. The modern biathlon is a civilian variant of this old military exercise.
What’s the plan?
Meet at 10:30 in front of Hotel L’Arbezie. The hotel is located approx. 100 meters away from La Cure train station. After a short briefing and a bag drop at the hotel, our instructors will take you to the biathlon ground in Lamoura. This first day will be dedicated to improving your cross-country skiing skills and learning rifle shooting. You will first practice shooting with laser rifles, and once you are comfortable with them, you will be given pellet guns to get a real feel for biathlon. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Dinner and night at Hotel l’Arbezie.
After breakfast, our guides will take you back to Lamoura. After a short warm-up session to practice what you’ve learned on Saturday, you’ll be ready for the small contest with the other participants. Time for you to reveal your shooting skills and skiing abilities, or just to have some fun! Return to the hotel in the afternoon for you to get your bags and catch your train back home.
To join this event, you need to have a good fitness level and some cross-country skiing experience (skating or classic).
How to get there
If you are traveling from Zurich by public transport, we recommend you to take the following:
Zurich HB 06:32 – 10:15 La Cure (via Lausanne and Nyon)
Le Marchairuz, col 16:44 – 20:28 Zurich HB (via Nyon and Lausanne) – depending on what time the event finishes
If you are traveling by car, you can park at the hotel car park.
Day Clothing Essentials
-Leggings or skiing trousers
-Small backpack (20-30L)
-Waterproof backpack cover
-Waterproof inner bags or bin bags
-Cross-country skiing boots
-Cross-country skis (classic or skating)
-Thermal bottle for tea
-Sunscreen and lip protector
-Plasters and basic medicine
-Face mask and hand disinfectant
You have the possibility to rent cross-country skis (classic or skating), ski boots, and poles for an additional CHF 40.
The price for this event is CHF 400.
Included in price
-2 days of introduction to biathlon with a certified instructor in a small group
-1 night of accommodation in a charming hotel (double and triple rooms)
-Shuttles between La Cure and Lamoura, where the trails and the biathlon ground are
-Access to the biathlon ground
-Use of the rifles
-Dinner on Saturday
-Breakfast on Sunday
Not included in price
-Transport to/from La Cure
-Skiing equipment (can be rented out, see “Equipment rental” section)
Min. 4 participants
Max. 8 participants
By signing up for this event, you agree that you have read, understood and will adhere to our Terms and Conditions.