Mountain Top Inn & Resort hosted its annual paintball biathlon extravaganza in late January. Founded in 2006, the event, which is a joint effort between Mountain Top Inn & Resort and the Mountain Top Ski Club (an independent ski association), is hailed as the first ever paintball biathlon event held in the world and it continues to be the largest of its kind in North America.
Canmore Nordic Center hosts race on machine made snow. (Canmore Nordic)
As the days become colder and winter approaches the ski season beckons, but about 40 cross country (XC) ski areas are no longer waiting for the snow to fly to begin their ski season because they’ve invested in snowmaking, just like their alpine ski area cousins.
Big snows at Tahoe Adventure Center. (Tahoe Donner)
Cross country ski areas are very susceptible to the weather. This winter ski areas and skiers “endured” a few huge snowstorms, days of nearly 70 degrees, meltdowns, freeze ups, rain deluges and floods, and more, with what has been dubbed the “Whiplash Winter.” The whiplash effect refers to the weather changing in short periods from unseasonably warm to freezing cold with major snowstorms followed by unseasonably warm weather, and repeat from late November through early April.
Biathlon is now on target at many cross country (XC) ski areas across the country. The sport of biathlon combines XC and target shooting.