The biathlon is a combination of two slightly different sports – cross-country skiing and rifle shooting! The sport grew out of survivalist traditions in Scandinavian countries and an older team winter sport called military patrol, but became an Olympic sport in the twentieth century.
In a biathlon, one races on a cross-country skiing course with shooting rounds punctuating the track, half the shots taken while standing and the other half while prone. The goal is to complete the course as quickly as possible. Typically, one is punished for missing the target by being made to ski further or adding a minute to a skier’s time.
If you want a fun activity that combines dexterity with stamina, then practising for biathlons might be the crazy snow sport for you!