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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

1 Anna-Lena 1

1 22 Nik maybe

1 UU 1

 

 

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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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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.

TUNA’s Competition team video

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.

The Solitude Nordic Center trails video

 

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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.

Wasatch Citizens’ Race #4 Soldier Hollow video

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.

Wasatch Citizens’ #4 Jr and Sit-Skiers video

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Citizen ski racing doesn’t get any better or more beautiful than this classic race at The Utah Nordic Alliance’s (TUNA) club track at Mountain Dell, Utah.

Wasatch Citizens’ Race #3 video

and the junior and sit-ski race:

Wasatch #3 Juniors and Sit-skiers video

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