International Biathlon Union (IBU) Cup Awarded to Lake Placid for 2026  

Mt Van Hoevenberg Modernization Draws International Attention 

Lake Placid, NY – The New York Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) announces that it has been awarded the International Biathlon Union (IBU) Cup for 2026. The new IBU Executive Board met in Salzburg this past week, and the full calendar for the IBU Cup was confirmed for the seasons 2024/2025 and 2025/2026 based on recommendations by the IBU’s Technical Committee. FIS Inspector John Aalberg and IBU officials visited and inspected the Mt Van Hoevenberg facilities this past summer. The dates of February 24-March 1, and March 3-8 were confirmed for Lake Placid (USA).

The IBU Cup is the second-rank competition in biathlon after the Biathlon World Cup. The IBU Cup season lasts from November/December to March. The athlete with the highest overall total score for all disciplines of the IBU Cup season is awarded the Big Crystal Globe trophy. 

ORDA hosted the US Biathlon Association’s National Championships at Mt Van Hoevenberg last March and saw the largest field of competitors ever for the sport of biathlon on US soil and will soon host the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Winter World University Games with international biathlon events in January. 

Since its inception, ORDA has brought hundreds of national and international events, World Cup competitions, and World Championships to Lake Placid. At Mt Van Hoevenberg, a new biathlon stadium, homologated trails, expanded snowmaking, and a 55,000 square-foot Mountain Pass Lodge make Mt Van Hoevenberg a leading venue for Nordic sports for athletes and spectators alike.

June 2022: International Biathlon Officials at Mt Van Hoevenberg