For a twist on a classic winter sport, try Blue Sky Biathlon, a cross-country ski (or snowshoe) tour combined with instruction and shooting sporting clays in Blue Sky’s covered and heated Pavilion. Perfect your stance and then practice shooting the 5-Stand scorecard, finishing with a flurry of clays. Afterwards, celebrate with a High West cocktail at the distillery or savor a locally sourced meal at Yuta, the on-site restaurant. Favorites include the eggplant caviar, grilled octopus, and dessert standouts prickly pear gelato or chocolate mousse. Not quite ready to leave the 3,500-acre ranch? Book a room at The Lodge at Blue Sky (435.336.2646, aubergeresorts.com/bluesky/) and ponder the next on-site adventure—heli-skiing, perhaps? $425 per person for 3.5 hours of biathlon includes gun safety, etiquette, and technique (food, drink, and lodging sold separately).
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Hankering for more slide-and-shoot time? Check out Soldier Hollow’s Olympic Biathlon Range in Midway (435.658.4253 utah
olympiclegacy.org), site of Nordic events, including biathlon, during the 2002 Games. Join the coaching staff for instruction on Olympic-caliber .22 rifles, and then get your heart rate up with a little friendly competition, shooting under pressure while trying to hit all five targets. Finish the session with photos on the Olympic range (and an official Soldier Hollow Awards Certificate). Biathlon experience is two hours, with a minimum of two participants per session (ages 10+). $195 per person, plus taxes and gratuity, includes a Soldier Hollow trail pass and equipment rentals.