Free ski jumping and biathlon sport demos during the Spirit Run at Whistler Olympic Park

Monday, September 15, 2014

Whistler, BC:  Young participants and spectators of the Spirit Run can look forward to some special activities at Whistler Olympic Park on September 28, 2014. The Park is inviting children and youth to try out two exciting Olympic sports: Ski Jumping and Biathlon. And the best thing about this: It’s absolutely free!

Between 12:30 and 3:30pm, interested children between 8 and 14 can join Whistler Olympic Park’s sport school staff at the bottom of the Large Hill Ski Jump for some free drop-in ski jumping and biathlon sport demos. Staff is also happy to inform parents about the seasonal programming for children and youth for the winter 2014/2015.

“Together with the local Nordic clubs we will not only be offering cross-country, but also exciting ski jumping, biathlon and multi-sport programs throughout the season”, explains John Heilig, Manager of Nordic Sports at Whistler Olympic Park. Ski Jumping as a multi-week training program will be offered for the first time in the Sea to Sky Corridor. New 20 and 40 meter training jumps have just been constructed that will enable young jumpers to learn the sport on a safe, beginner friendly facility. Already last spring, the Park organized four 1-day jumping camps which were attended by 50 children from the Sea to Sky Corridor. Biathlon has been part of seasonal club programs for a while, but there are also great plans for this discipline: A new head coach will help transform the venue into a regional biathlon training centre, providing excellent training grounds for local talents.