You'll feel like a champion after a day on the biathlon range at Falcon Trails Resort. Home base for Olympian Megan Imrie and the host venue for five national biathlon competitions, the cross-country skiing and rifle-shooting range is one of the most scenic in the world.
Breathtaking views of frozen lakes and pristine landscape go with the territory as 23 kilometres of cross-country ski trails wind through boreal forest and rugged Precambrian Shield.
Along with expert instruction on gun safety and form when you practise shooting targets at Biathlon Manitoba's training centre, you'll get a primer on local history and learn how biathlon helped preserve the Falcon Ridge ski hill.
Guests at the family-owned resort can stay in homey cabins overlooking Falcon Lake, or at solar-powered eco-cabins right next door at High Lake.
There are endless possibilities for exploration on cross-country ski trails connected to the Whiteshell Provincial Park trail network. Skate on a frozen lake, build an igloo, try ice-fishing and snowmobiling, or go snowboarding, tubing or downhill skiing. Falcon Ridge is alive with the sound of back-porch blues and rootsy folk music - many staffers are musicians who tour in summer and stage concerts at the ski chalet in winter.
Summer pursuits include horseback riding, birdwatching, biking and fishing, with adventure options like a canoe trip to Caddy Lake, where you can paddle through rock tunnels.