It began, they say, more than a century ago as a training exercise for Norwegian soldiers. That goes a long way toward explaining how cross country skiing and riflery met. The result is biathlon, the only sport that involves wax and led. Lake Placid is one of the few places you can experience this captivating sport! Biathlon is a physically demanding sport and for our summer Discovery program, we get your heart pumping with aerobic activity such as biking or hiking, then we take you to the range for the intense precision of rifle marksmanship.

In the summer months, you can’t ski the trails without snow, but you can get your heart racing. The idea is to simulate the rush biathletes feel as they try to line up a target. Then you’ll step up to the range in our Cross Country Stadium, take aim, and fire a 22 rifle or a paintball gun (available for juniors age 7-12) to test your marksmanship. Come out and see how you do; it’s worth a shot!

For the most up to date info on Mt Van Hoevenberg operations, please visit our Daily Update page.
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Attractions & ActivitiesSchedule FallAdult 13+Junior
Cliffside Coaster
9+ 52" or taller
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bobsled Experience
9+ 52" or taller
Open Dec 22-24
& Dec 20-Jan 1
Climbing Center
belay, boulder, traverse
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
per hour
per hour
Olympic Legacy Tour
bus & walking
Open Daily
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
On the Hour
trail pass
Open Daily
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Biking Rental
27.5+ | 24+ | 20+
Open Daily
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Discover Luge
12:00 pm & 2:00 pm
Discover XC Biking
lesson & rental
11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Discover Biathlon
lesson & bike rental

Presented by Ariens
1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Discover Biathlon
lesson range only

Presented by Ariens
1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Trail RunningOpen Daily
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
HikingOpen Daily
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
For the most up to date info on Mt Van Hoevenberg operations, visit our Daily Update page. Reservations are strongly recommended.

The Discover Biathlon includes the following:

  • Biathlon Instruction
  • Multiple Runs rounds of target practice
  • 30-minute Professional Instruction

Tickets for the Discover Biathlon are time- and date-specific. Each session can accommodate several participants at the same time. Please review our activity requirements tab in advance of your ticket purchase. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early for check-in.

Biathlon tickets may be purchased for up to six people in a single order. If you are looking to purchase tickets for more than six people and/or for multiple households, you’ll need to make separate purchases (one per household, up to 6 people total), or feel free to complete our Reservation Request Form.

Biathlon +Bike

A summer spin on the winter sport of Biathlon. Enjoy an hour-long bike lesson to start the program, then meet up at the range for an informative video on Biathlon and professional instruction on our Olympic Biathlon Range. This in-depth experience will help to build skills and confidence on the cross country biking trails with a progressive approach to riding. The Biathlon portion will give you a truly unique experience in the Olympic sport of Biathlon. Ages 13 and up will shoot biathlon rifles, while ages 12 and under will participate in our paintball biathlon program.

  • Trail Pass
  • Bike Rental (includes helmet)
  • 1-Hour Bike Lesson & Guided Tour
  • 30-minute Professional Instruction on the Olympic Biathlon Range

Participants may bring their own bikes or rent from Mt Van Hoevenberg. All bike rentals include helmets as part of the rental package, and guests can choose from one of the following bike sizes: 27.5+, 24+ or 20+. Please note we do not have bike rentals available for ages 6 & under.


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