In 2009, the Omineca Ski Club constructed a new biathlon range that will now place the club among the premier destinations for biathlon competition in British Columbia. The club uses the range to promote the sport of biathlon in the community and to provide a high quality training environment for local biathletes. Increased awareness in the sport is attracting new members and regional competitions to the area every year.
This project, which received funding from Northern Development's Community Halls and Recreation Facilities funding program, consisted of expanding the facilities of the ski club into the area adjacent to the cross-country ski stadium - an ideal location only 200 meters from the existing parking lot and lodge. The expansion included leveling the area, creating a safety berm on three sides of the range to create a backdrop for the targets, installation of light poles, purchasing of targets, constructing a warming cabin, and constructing a perimeter fence around the range.
Upon completion of the project, the Omineca Ski Club created the Omineca Owls Biathlon Club that already supports ten local members who, if this new infrastructure was not available, would have had to travel to other communities in the region. The range provides members with a training site that they enjoy using and has proven to be successful, with two of the Owls already qualifying for the BC Winter Games. It is one of three provincial locations to host the provincial Biathlon BC Cup in the winter of 2011.