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Do you know biathlon — a com­pe­ti­tion that com­bines crosscoun­try ski­ing with tar­get shoot­ing — is the most-watched win­ter sport on tele­vi­sion in Europe? It even ri­vals soc­cer (foot­ball) as the most pop­u­lar sport watched by Euro­peans on TV. Hav­ing hosted biathlon and other Nordic sports (cross-coun­try ski­ing, ski jump­ing, Nordic com­bined) dur­ing the 2010 Win­ter Olympics, Whistler Olympic Park of­fers sum­mer­time vis­i­tors a unique op­por­tu­nity to shoot a real, .22-cal­i­bre biathlon ri­fle and learn more about biathlon.

The park, lo­cated in the Cal­laghan Val­ley, a 25-minute drive south of Whistler, is open from June 24 to early Septem­ber, for the sum­mer biathlon ex­pe­ri­ence, trail run­ning, moun­tain bik­ing and sight­see­ing. You can en­ter the park for a nom­i­nal fee, rent elec­tric-as­sist bikes and take a ride to the top of the ski jumps or to other points of in­ter­est along the park’s 75-odd kilo­me­tres of trails. At the biathlon range trained park staff are avail­able to talk about the sport, of­fer a brief­ing on the safety fea­tures of the ri­fles used by biath­letes, then pro­vide guests eight years and older with the chance to test their skills in the shoot­ing range, which is still used for com­pe­ti­tions sev­eral times a year. You might even see biath­letes dur­ing one of their sum­mer­time “dry­land” train­ing ses­sions, when they shoot in the range and roller­ski along the park’s paved sum­mer trails. Visit whistler­sportle­ga­cies.com.

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