Biathlon Range Target Automation

Comox Valley Economic Development Society

Sources of Funding
ICET :$25,083
IPC World Cup Committee:$15,000
Vancouver Island Biathlon Club:$9,274
Peak Accomoodations:$2,000
In Kind Contributions:$69,588
Total Budget: $120,945
Quick Facts: 

14 counties, 33 teams, 350 Olympic and Paralympic athletes, solidly put Mount Washington’s Olympic level facilities and the Valley’s hospitality and lifestyle on the world stage.

With an eye to securing pre-2010 Olympic training and post-Olympic events in cross-country skiing disciplines, groups including the Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society, Mount Washington cross-country and biathlon clubs, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Comox Valley Economic Development, and BC Parks worked together to develop capacity on Vancouver Island. After winning the right to host the IPC World Cups and the National Olympic/Paralympic team pre‐training, it was recognized that the region could be positioned on as a desirable destination for sport enthusiasts. By creating an innovative automated biathlon range, Mount Washington would become an international training and competition site.

The overall project included the design and construction of new competition trails, 2km of lighting loops, and the installation of an automated biathlon target range which was the focus of this project. To build the automated biathlon range, a collaboration and sponsorship agreement with the target manufacturer enabled a new wireless technology to be used on the course. The site was prepared and the components built and installed.

With the completion of the biathlon range, Mount Washington joined Canmore and the Callaghan Valley Olympic site as the only facilities in Canada with automated targets. The region has the necessary venue components to attract FIS (International Ski Federation) and IPC level events. This successful project allowed the Comox Valley to host pre‐Olympic training for 14 countries, 33 teams, and more than 350 Olympic and Paralympic Athletes. The new wireless technology also attracted site visits from a number of technical delegations from Olympic teams training elsewhere in BC. The region has also hosted World IPC events and continues to attract international, national and provincial teams for events and training.

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2018-19 Annual Report

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