CASPER, Wyo. — In late March, Casper will play host to professional skiers from across the country, as this year’s U.S. Biathlon National Championships will take place on Casper Mountain. With the championships just over a month away, local agencies are hard at work making sure everything is running smoothly.
On Tuesday, Natrona County Parks Director Michael Brown told the members of the Natrona County Board of County Commissioners that they recently got confirmation from the Casper-Natrona County International Airport that the airport’s buses could be used as shuttles for the national competition.
Meanwhile, Brown said, the Parks Department is working to ensure that the grooming standards on the mountain align with the requirements of the U.S. Biathlon Association.
“My staff is very confident,” he said. “They understand the specifications and how to get there.”
Commissioner Peter Nicolaysen recommended regular meetings between members of the Parks Department, U.S. Biathlon Association, Casper Mountain Biathlon Club and Visit Casper in the weeks leading up to the event to make sure everything is going according to plan.
“It would behoove you and the county and certainly [CMBC president Rob Rosser] to have weekly meetings,” Nicolaysen said.
The championships will take place March 22–26 at the biathlon facility on Casper Mountain, 1110 E. End Road.
“Rob Rosser has led an impressive effort to build a world-class biathlon venue in Casper,” Tim Burke, U.S. Biathlon director of Athlete Development, previously said when the decision was made to host the event in Natrona County. “I look forward to seeing the entire U.S. Biathlon community gather at this great venue.”