Ages: HS: 13-17 PS: 18-24

SD22 Highschool Biathlon Academy


The SD22 Snow Sports Academy, operated in collaboration with the Okanagan School District #22, offers Western Canada’s first high-performance training program for cross-country and Biathlon athletes in grades 8 through 12. This program caters to athletes with a commitment to academic and athletic excellence within the common high school timetable.

The SD22 Snow Sports Academy: XC & Biathlon utilizes the first semester of the school year in order to provide athletes in year-round training programs the opportunity to train during their A/B school block which grants these young athletes a glimpse into the life of a full-time athlete. The majority of the athlete’s year is spent with their teammates in the L2C program and follows that schedule.

  • Currently enrolled in a Regional High School (or online program) in Grades 10 through 12. Need help finding a school, contact us!
  • Must have a valid Student Season Pass
  • Must possess a PAL Minor’s Permit and provide your own rifle*
  • Acceptance to the SD22 Snow Sports Academy is at the discretion of the coaches in order to ensure that athletes who apply are ready developmentally (both physically & academically).
  • Registration Deadline: An expression of interest form must be filed with the SD22 by May 31, 2024.


Cost Schedule: $3,400


Why Join the SLNC Nordic Development Academy?

  • Integration with Okanagan School District #22 provides students with daytime training in Block A/B of the common timetable permitting the entire ski team the chance to train together, regardless of school or grade.
  • All Grade 11 and 12 students will attain NCCP Introduction to Community Coaching and Community Coaching Courses as part of their curriculum with scheduled Bunny Rabbits and Jack Rabbits Coaching, and/or Biathlon Bears coaching sessions.
  • NCCP Biathlon Coaching Courses will be subsidized.
  • Athletes receive a Physical Education credit.

If you have any questions about the Biathlon Program please reach out to the Biathlon Head Coach Eric at [email protected]


Program Details:

May 1st, 2024 – April 1st, 2025 (SD22 Snowsports Academy Semester 1 runs September 6th, 2024 – Jan 24th, 2025)
School Schedule (Spring)

Tuesday 16:00-17:30 Thursday 16:00-17:30 18:00-19:30 Saturday 9:00-11:30

School Schedule (Fall / Winter)

Tuesday 17:00-187:30 Thursday 17:00-18:30 18:00-19:30 Saturday 9:00-11:30

Summer Schedule

Tuesday AM  ~8:30 – 11am *Often a shooting combo session*

Wednesday AM ~8:30 – 11am

Thursday AM ~8:30 – 11am

SD22 Academy (Semester 1)

Week 1: Tuesday – Friday (8:30 – 11:00)

Week 2: Tuesday – Friday (13:00 – 15:30)

Length of Session
1.5 to 3 hrs
Consultation and approval to participate in this program must be given by the SLNC Coaching Staff and Snowsports Nordic Academy teacher Glen Stiven before registering. This is to ensure that the Academy is a good “fit” for student-athletes and that they are aware of  – and appropriately prepared for –  the demands of Academy training and academic study.

*If you came up through our SLNC program, you may be able to continue renting a rifle for a total of 3 years as per club policy.

* An SLNC 24/25 season pass is required for participants in this program.

No formal programming: TBD


Eric Schryer – Biathlon Head Coach 

Hailing from Sudbury, Ontario, Eric began his journey in skiing and biathlon by striding and gliding around his property with his parents. After discovering biathlon he patiently waited until he was old enough and then began learning to shoot in his local air rifle biathlon program. This quickly evolved to teaching himself how to shoot .22 rifles with a small group of athletes. After racing domestically, Eric was quickly scooped up by the coaching world. Eric began coaching with the Chelsea Nordiq ski & biathlon club. Along with leading this talented group of biathletes, Eric coached at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and a multitude of Jr. IBU cups, IBU cups, and World Youth / Junior Championships with Team Canada. Eric is a member of Biathlon Canada’s Domestic Committee and is continuing his education in the field of psychology.


Administration Support

Lynn Algra- Cadet Liaison