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TUNA, The Utah Nordic Alliance, was formed to include clubs and ski teams from Salt Lake City, Park City, Ogden, and Logan, Utah. TUNA grooms the club track at Mountain Dell, supports youth and adult programs, and youth ski teams for the Intermountain Region of USSA (IMD). TUNA hosts the annual 600+ junior skier, IMD Super JNQ as the event is also the Wyoming State XC-ski Championship. TUNA also coordinates with the Wasatch Citizens’ Five Race Series and hosts both the TUNA Relay and the TUNA Mountain Challenge Duathlon. TUNA and the Utah Ski Archives created the following video for the Utah Ski Archive’s annual awards banquet:

TUNA 25 year celebration video seen here

 

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Morgan Smyth brought her Team Soldier Hollow to meet up with TUNA to run Agony Hill behind the University of Utah. No one expected the upper 50s for November. Most skiers were chasing thier personal best though for at least one, this was a first run as run by her mother many years back …and she popped the fasted women’s time of the morning! Chances are you have been on Utah’s Agony Hill suffering your own 14 – 20 minutes of pain.

TUNA – Soldier Hollow Agony Hill video here

 

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The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA) develops the lifelong sport of Cross Country skiing starting with infants in sleds riding around our Mountain Dell track, to Learn to Ski 4 – 8 year olds, to Recreation League skiers ages 6 – 16, to XC Team skiers 14 – 18 years old, to our Junior and Competition team skiers 9 -19 years old. The TUNA adults have thier own programs and race starts.

Watch our skiers having fun on snow while learning balance, coordination, and technique all while making friends, learning a lifetime sport, and appreciating winter.

Youth Recreation League video here

 

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All Hallows Roller-ski, Big Mountain, Utah (video here)

 

 

With a few more days of stunning weather, The Utah Nordic Alliance competition team rolled thier late afternoon intervals workout at Big Mountain Pass while the Jr. Comp team worked out at Sugarhouse Park. We are very excited to be working with a new coach, Steve Cook. He not only brings with him decades of Paralympic racing in cycling and Nordic skiing, but also brings a vision to grow the TUNA program starting with our Learn to Ski program and our Recreational League skiers.

The TUNA - Mountain Challenge Duathlon is behind us and the West Yellowstone Ski Festival in in our sights!

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From Little Dell reservoir…

 

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                                                                                  …to Big Mountain Pass in 3 minute intervals

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BW Matt, Barry, & Wil working the course

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.

Sprint Relay, Snow-sculpture mini-golf, and costume contest video

7km Mass start skate race video

BW Barry, Wil, & Matt under Mount Millicent

BW Mary leading Lydia off the By-pass loop

 

 

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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:

NCAA Women’s 15km video

NCAA Men’s 20km video

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BW Quinn Keeney, Rachel Haight, Ellie Anderson

 

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.

Wasatch Citizens’ 20km Race #5 video

Wasatch Citizens’ Jr and Sit-skier Race #5 video

 

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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.

20km / 40km skiers video

5km Round Valley Round-Up race video

 

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Fantastic day of racing. Apologies for losing all the memory data of the earlier races – they were great races! The surviving five rainy-day race videos cover:

Men’s U18-20 15km skate video

Women’s U18-20 10km skate

Women’s U16 5km skate

Men’s U16 5km skate

Women’s U14 3km skate video

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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.

Women’s U16 Classic Sprint Qualifier video

Women’s U18/U20 Classic Sprint Qualifier

Men’s U16 Classic Sprint Qualifier

Men’s U18/U20 Classic Sprint Qualifier

 

MF U12 Classic Sprint Race

MF U8/U12 Classic Sprint (adorable)

MF U14 Classic Sprint

 

Women’s U18/U20 Quarter-finals

Women’s U16 Classic Sprint Quarter-Final

Women’s U16 then U18-20 Classic Semi-Final Sprint Heats

Women’s U16 A then B Finals, Women’s U18/20 B Then A Finals

 

Men’s U16 Classic Quarter-Finals

Men’s U18-20 Classic Quarter-Finals video

Men’s U16 then U18-20 Classic Semi-Finals

Men’s U16 then U18-20 B then A Finals video

 

 

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