Casper Mountain Outdoor Center’s vision is to provide a unique gateway of opportunity for those of all abilities to grow, develop and excel through outdoor recreation.
The Venue: The heart of this unique gateway is the construction of a 30 point, world class, Biathlon and Multi-Sport Venue on Casper Mountain. Natrona County and the Casper Mountain Biathlon Club have built a Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Venue on Casper Mountain adjacent to the current Nordic Ski Trails. The venue serves as a competition and training site for summer and winter biathlon, adaptive recreation programs for people with disabilities, cross country skiing, running, and mountain biking events. This venue, while still under development, has already established Casper as a national training and competition destination for cross country skiing and biathlon. Phase 1 has been completed. Phase 2 is underway. Keep reading to lean more on the details of each phase.
Features of the New Facility:
- 30-point 50-meter .22 cal biathlon range providing Summer and Winter use for biathlon
- 20-point 10-meter paralympic biathlon range providing Summer and Winter use for athletes with disability. Athletes use air rifles or electronic audio rifles for the visually impaired.
- FIS (International Ski Federation), IBU (International Biathlon Union) & IPC (International Paralympic Comittee) Standard Race Course providing Winter use for biathlon and nordic races, including junior high, high school, regional, paralympic, state, citizen, national and continental level races
- Nordic Trails providing Winter use for public recreational cross country skiing, biathlon, snowshoeing, fatbike and orienteering
- Race Course & Trails providing Summer use for biathlon, trail running, hiking, mountain biking, orienteering and equestrian
- 5k paved lit roller ski loop (phase 2) providing Summer use for biathlon, rollerskiing, walking/running, great for wheelchair users, roller blading. This will provide a great training loop and will keep roller skiers off the roads which is a huge bonus for roller ski safety! 1 km of paving is complete, 2 km of trails and the range currently have lighting.
- Stadium/Start/Finish Area providing year-round use for hundreds of spectators to watch all types of events
PHASE 2 Goals. Paving is underway!
- 5 km of paved pathways (1 km complete including paved firing line)
- 5 km of lighted trails. (2 km and range lighting complete)
- Playground Structures
- Outdoor Fitness Structures
- Nordic Skier Cross Terrain features
PHASE 1 Completed Construction Results
Phase 1 Construction
Initial Venue Design: Amec Foster Wheeler
Project Engineers & Oversight: Inberg-Miller Engineering
Project Contractor: Wayne Coleman Construction
Trail Designer: Morton Trails
Phase 1 Completed January, 2017
- Secure location, Susan McMurry deeded 40 acres to Natrona County June 2015
- Certified Engineer Range Design and Environmental Stewardship Plan
- Purchase twenty one 50 meter targets and six 10 meter Paralympic targets. Nine targets had been previously purchased by CMBC
- Site timber clearing
- ADA accessible road leading from parking lot to stadium/range area
- All dirt work for the full 30 lanes and ski loops
- 10 km of trail construction designed to meet homologation standards for International Ski Federation (FIS), International Biathlon Union (IBU) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in addition to the existing trails.
- Completion of the lower (crushed rock material) parking lot
- Electrical power drop to site with full project capacity
- Install LED lighting at parking lot, central venue trails and range
- Storage container placed at range
- Install 30 lanes of 50 meter targets with concrete pad, roofing, lead catchers and lighting
- Complete concrete firing line for full 30 points
- Construct one heated building at the parking lot to serve as storage and groomer parking
- Build 2 elevated trails with pedestrian underpass to keep spectators off of groomed race courses
- Construct a heated timing hut at the finish area
- Install fencing around range backstop area
- Purchase of needed facility equipment such as gun racks, program rifles and race equipment
- Purchase Nordic & Biathlon specific race timing system (BART Timing)
- Install venue audio system
- Install video security surveillance system that also serves as race play back and has event streaming capabilities.
- Install trail and range wayfinding and safety signage
- Purchase grooming implement, track vehicle and trailer
- Obtain Ski Fleet for use in school & introductory programs. 60 sets of skis were donated from the “Nordic Rocks” for school programs and another 40 sets of used rental gear were purchased from Mountain Sports at a very generous discount.
Casper Mountain Biathlon Venue will enhance our community:
- Increase recreation opportunities
- Increased public land on Casper Mountain
- Multi-use area that would support a variety of activities and user groups
- Venue will allow for increased use of existing trail system
- Local athletes will benefit from a destination venue and Olympic/Paralympic training site
- Unique project; Wyoming will become a leader in the sport of Biathlon
- Promotes lifelong, healthy activity for youth, adults and people with disabilities
- Sport teaches sportsmanship and discipline ultimately creating better citizens and stronger communities
- Recognition as a contributor to the US Olympic and Paralympic athlete pipeline
- Fits local culture: outdoor recreationalists and shooting enthusiasts
- When completed, this venue will be the premier range in North America
It will also enhance our local economy:
- The Venue will establish Casper as a Biathlon destination and attract athletes to live in and train in Casper on temporary and permanent basis
- Makes Casper a more attractive place to live for prospective residents and businesses
- Biathlon Races, events and camps will bring overnight visitors into Casper
- Upon completion the venue will host large races such as US Biathlon Nationals, North American Championships, National Guard Biathlon Championships, North American Roller Ski Championships, US Biathlon Summer Championships, Team Trials, local and regional races and more.
- This venue will also serve as a competition site for X-country skiing, X-country running, mountain biking as well as other types of shooting that fit within the range safety perimeters.
- According to economic impact calculations (WBC), In the first five years of operation the venue is expected to contribute to our local economy 3.6 million in total spending and over $250,000 in local and state tax revenue
- Job creation in the non-profit sector (3 to 5 full time positions and 3 to 5 part time positions)
- Casper Biathlon Team and Wyoming National Guard Biathlon Team no longer have to travel to Colorado, Montana or Utah to train, thus keeping their dollars local