2015 Midwest Region Shooting Camp at Mt. Itasca, MN

Hello Everyone,

Here is the information for our Midwest Region Shooting Camp at Mt. Itasca, MN. This camp is great jump start to the season and perfect time to do all new adjustments on your rifle or  fitting rifle for a new athletes.

In June there will be another 12 day long camp 6.15-6.26  at Mt. Itasca with more  focus on shooting + distance/ technique training.

A few details below:


1) new athletes- great skiers, at least 14 years old, who wants to try Biathlon. Athletes  will go through a basic safety training, will do a rifle fitting and a  start on accuracy shooting, shooting prone and standing, developing good position and range procedure

2) experienced athletes- check position- make adjustments, and get started with some focused accuracy shooting.

Basic Schedule:

-Friday PM: Arrive at Mt Itasca 6pm- having eaten dinner.   ( Let me know if you plan to come earlier)

6:30-8:30 Rifle fitting, dry fire


Training all day with breaks for lunch and dinner.   Main focus will be on shooting, though there will be time for physical training ( rollerski technique and running).


More shooting drills and shooting games.

Training will wrap up approx 12:30pm with lunch and departure.

Cost and Registration:

-Cost for use of venue, coaching, and food-  $90, please make checks payable to Mt Itasca Winter Sports Association ( MINSA) .  Bring checks with you, along with the attached registration form.   Note that USBA membership is required.

May Shooting Camp 2015 Waiver and Registration

-Ammo will be provided for rookie athletes.  All experienced biathletes need to bring their own ammo.   Note that you will be eating out for dinner on Sat night, so bring $ for dinner.

-For Twin Cities  athletes, Please confirm you attendance with Piotr Bednarski mnbiathlon@aol.com    All others confirm with Bill Meyer wmeyer@nisswa.net or Vladimir Cervenka cervenkv@gmail.com

What to bring:

You will be “camping” at Mt Itasca, sleeping in the Headquarters building or in your own tent (or you can stay in hotel on your own).  There are bathrooms and kitchen in the Alpine Chalet.   You’ll eat breakfast and lunches at Mt Itasca and have dinners out.  Bring $ for dinners- breakfast and lunch food will be provided.

You will need a camping mat/air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow  for sleeping.  You will need running shoes, and several sets of training clothing, as well as skate rollerski equipment and helmet, water bottle carrier, and bring some rain gear.  Also bring a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting.   Bug spray may be a good idea as well.

New athletes who needs a rifle contact Bill Meyer at wmeyer@nisswa.net  or Vlad at cervenkv@gmail.com

Athletes from Twin Cities- contact Piotr at mnbiathlon@aol.com


from downtown Grand Rapids, take Hwy 169 North, traveling east out of Grand Rapids to Coleraine, about 6 miles. When entering Coleraine, turn left at Curly Ave

– follow the Ole N. Mangseth Ski Jump signs. Go past the arena, left on Cty Rd 61 for ½ mile. Turn left into the Mt. Itasca driveway – stay left at the Y.

Please let me know if you have any question

Vlad Cervenka

Rifle Collection Time!

It is that time of year again when we need to collect all MNBiathlon rifles. Your lease period is now over. If you have had a lease this past year you should be looking at purchasing a rifle of your own. The MN basic plan is to lease the rifles out for one year to Senior Boy/Girl/Youth [15,16,17, & 18]  and Junior [19,20] age biathletes. In some cases we have gone multiple years, but that will depend on the number of new athletes, your dedication and success in biathlon this past year, and your age and the availability.

 There will be a shooting oriented weekend camp on May 16th and 17th at Mt Itasca. If you are attending that, you should bring any leased rifle to that camp. If you are not planning on attending you have 3 options:

  1.  turn it in to Piotr in the cities
  2.  to Bill in Nisswa
  3.  to Vlad in Grand Rapids

 If you have a MNBiathlon rifle—please email Bill Meyer and indicate your plan on returning the rifle. [camp or 1,2,or 3]

Hope to see you at the camp.
Bill Meyer, Coach

MNCup: Biathlon Race & Novice Race at Mt.Itasca – Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Minnesota Cup: Biathlon Race & Novice Race

Hosted by Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Place: Mt.Itasca, Coleraine
Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS) Distance: G, YW, JW, SW, MW: 7.5km


B, YM, JM, SM, MM: 10km; Registration: 10:00 AM – 10:55 AM

Zero: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Race Start: 12:00 PM Mass Start
Cost: $20 (cash or check payable to MINSA)

Novice Race (recommended age: 13+) ~ Registration: noon – 12:45pm

~ No previous shooting experience necessary! ~ Instruction, Rifles, and Ammo provided.
~ Novice Race will follow the main race.
~ Safety Clinic prior to the Race

~ Start approx. at 1-1:15pm
~ Race Format: Mass Start – 4.5k (3×1.5k), PP + penalty loop
~ Cost: $20 (cash or check payable to MINSA)
Volunteers (US IBU Cup Biathlon Races in Dec. 2014) are welcome to try out biathlon rifle at zero/safety clinic–approx. at noon.
Awards for Biathlon & Novice Race: after completion of both races. Questions? Call Vlad or Petra 218-999-5046 or e-mail pcervenkova@hotmail.com

World Junior Biathlon Trials, Mt Itasca, Day 2: Pursuit Format Results

Mt Itasca, Coleraine, MN
Monday, Dec 29, 2014

12.29.2014 Youth-Junior WCH Trials Pursuit RESULTS

The World Junior Biathlon Trials continued today with the Pursuit format, 10km and four shooting stages for both men and women. Mt Itasca trails were in perfect conditions, with a hard fast track, and rock solid climbs. On the shooting side, dropping temperatures in the single digits made accurate shooting difficult with cold fingers a common problem. In the Youth Women’s category, Chloe Levins of Mt Top Nordic (Rutland, VT) again took first place, but only by 4 seconds over Siena Ellingson, Mt Itasca/LNR, with both shooting 4 penalties. Ellingson had a big lead, but left with 3 penalties in her last standing stage, narrowly missing out on first place. Amanda Kautzer, LNR, was third with 8 penalties, keeping in striking range of the Jr World Team selection. Michaela Paluszek of Maine Winter Sports Center was the the only Junior entry, but made a big improvement over Day 1, and finished 1st overall, 3 seconds ahead of Levins. Other Minnesotans racing in the Youth Women’s category were Maria Schoening 10th, Emma Stertz 12th, Rachel Peterson 13th, and Lucia Wiland in 15th.

In the Junior Men’s competition, Brian Halligan, MWSC, again took first place with 7 penalties, but only by 9 seconds over Jakob Ellingson, Mt Itasca/LNR with 6 penalties. Gerrit Garberich, Nisswa NW, made a nice improvement from Day 1 and finished 3rd, also with 6 penalties. In one of the biggest field Youth fields of recent years, Cam Christiansen of Nisswa NW took first place with the best shooting of the day- 1-0-1-0. He was followed by Paul Everett, Methow Valley Biathlon, with 6 penalties, and Sam Zabell of Auburn Ski Club in third with 4 penalties. Other Minnesotans racing in the Youth Men’s category were Vasek Cervenka 13th, Henry Jarvinen 14th, Lewis White 21st, and Alex Larson in 22nd.

The Junior Trials are supposed to conclude on Tuesday with a 6k/7.5km Sprint Competition. With overnight lows at -14F, and a high of -4F predicted, its unlikely the races will take place on Tuesday, and Team Selection will most likely be made on the basis of two races only.