March 24th, 2014
The Solitude Spring Fling is a fun and full day of racing, eating a hot grilled lunch, live band the River House, snow sculptures, costume contest and more racing starting with a three lap 7km distance race. At nine thirty the sun was burning through the last of the scattered clouds as the racers turned through the inner loop behind the Solitude Nordic Center and then headed out on the Lake Loop. Three laps later the winner was determined in the last three meters and a boot length.
The music and eating continued with snow sculptures partially finished when the 2pm relay sprints started. Several of the morning racers had left after the lunch, raffle, and awards though their places were easily filled by recruiting Solitude regulars who had come up unaware of the races but happily joined in on the fun. TUNA’s comp team skiers Wil Nichols and Caden McFarlane presented Lydia Strohl with a clear advantage as Lydia sprinted anchor out on the 1.2km Lake Loop. After she disappeared out of sight, Aram Hajian (2002 Olympian and Solitude Nordic director) had been recruited to anchor another team and he flew out in a blur, chasing after Lydia. Watch the video for the winner.
March 10th, 2014
Another classic Soldier Hollow race day with a hard freeze overnight and brilliant sunshine made for a fast track for the men though by the 11:15am women’s finish the skiing had slowed down. The men’s 20km rolled out like a fast peloton feeling out who wanted to bust open the race. No one did for 3 laps when finally the pack opened up. Watch the action. The women’s 15km race had again a cautious first lap before blowing off the front doors; one great climber and one great downhiller yoyo-ed with each other up and down the hills of Soldier Hollow. Third, 4th, 5th, and 6th each skied alone. Take a look:
February 23rd, 2014
No one dared mention it for fear it would happen for a third year in a row. Even now it is troubling to say the race went off with only a minor flurry and a few moments of wind. The finale of the great 2014 Wasatch Citizens’ Series, the race series of citizens, Olympians, US, and foreign ski teams was heartily contested in every age group. A new record was set for finishing in the lap lane and lapping through the finish lane… the sorting of results continues 24 hours later.
February 18th, 2014
Watch the wild ride of the 4am re-designed route for the Round Valley Round-Up, Park City, Utah. The groomer woke the race director at 4am to tell him parts of the lower course washed away after dark and insisted the race be cancelled. Instead the two worked with what trail remained and designed a collection of smaller loops. Unfortunately, the remaining higher trails were narrow and twisted in many senses of the phrase – but fun to watch and technical to ski.
February 10th, 2014
February 9th, 2014
Five of the ten USSA divisions met this week-end at Soldier Hollow, Utah. All 5 divisions raced together for podiums, however, only within a division did the places count toward qualifying for Junior Nationals in Stowe, Vermont. The warm temperatures and wind made for challenging conditions on Friday. Watch highlight of the sprint qualifiers and the sprint heats for the U16 and U18/U20 men and women. Spliced into the middle of the day were races going down to U8.
Over a dozen videos will collect here so keep checking back.
February 4th, 2014
Meet TUNA’s competition team skiing an evening run through the club’s Mountain Dell tracks along with highlights from races earlier this year. These are our skiers competing for a place on the Intermountain Division’s Junior National team, competing well at the Boulder Mountain Tour, competing at the Wasatch Citizens’ Series races, and racing at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival Super Tour.
Just because it is beautiful, take a look at Utah’s highest Nordic Ski tracks, the Solitude Nordic Ski Center for stunning scenery and cold snow. Next time you are in Utah, check it out.
January 27th, 2014
Wasatch Citizens’ upped the difficulty level by skiing the Olympic course’s Roller Coaster hills and then out to the lake-end and back via the sprint hill descent into the stadium. Jeremy Teela of USA Biathlon, two University of Utah Skiers Bellet and Bolger, and 4 USST Nordic Combined skiers led the race at higher speeds in and among the citizen racers. Emma Garrard once again smoked the women’s open division. Brilliant Utah sun and amazing grooming by Soldier Hollow let everyone ski like US Champions.
The truly adorable and hard skiing Jr. Race #4: Laying it on the line! Utah Junior skiers smoking the Soldier Hollow ski track for 1, 2, and 3km races. First time racers under three feet tall up through already experienced racers skied in the famous Soldier Hollow, Utah sunshine. Sit-skiers take-off next.
January 19th, 2014
January 9th, 2014
The top national racing continues at Soldier Hollow. The weather has changed to scattered snow for the rest of the week making for highly variable snow conditions by adding more natural snow into the mix. Wednesday hosted the distance races: 30km for the men, 20km of the women, 5km for the junior (U20) women, and 10km for the junior men. Friday will see the grueling classic sprints as the chance of snow showers continues.
Keep checking back as more than a dozen videos will be collecting here.
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