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TUNA Celebrates 25yrs (vid)

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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



Agony Hill w/Soldier Hollow vid

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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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All Hallows Roller-Ski video

Thursday, October 30th, 2014


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!


From Little Dell reservoir…



                                                                                  …to Big Mountain Pass in 3 minute intervals

Solitude Nordic Center’s Spring-Fling

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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



Wasatch Citizens’ Race #5

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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


Round Valley Round-Up Race

Tuesday, 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.

20km / 40km skiers video

5km Round Valley Round-Up race video


Soldier Hollow, Utah Super JNQ videos

Sunday, 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.

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



Wasatch Citizens’ Race #3

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

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

US XC Championships pt. 2 – 13 videos

Thursday, 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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Jr. Women’s 5km Skate video

Jr. Men’s 10km Skate video

Women’s 20km Skate video

Men’s 30km Skate Race video


Men’s Qualifying Round – Classic – video

Women’s Qualifying Round – Classic

Men’s Quarter-Finals Classic video

Women’s Quarter-Finals Classic

Men’s and Women’s Semi-Finals Classic

Men’s Women’s B then A Finals


Jr. Men’s Classic Quarter-Finals

Jr. W M Semi-Final Classic Sprints

Jr. W M Classic B then A Finals



US XC Championships – 15 vids

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The US Cross Country Skiing Championships returned to the greatest snow on earth at Soldier Hollow, Utah. Two days of sparkling sunshine and cold snow have given the racers stellar conditions to compete with individual starts and head-to-head.  Collecting below will be videos from the first two days of individual start classic 10/15km racing and the first skate sprints, Senior and Junior (U20).

Keep checking back to watch for your favorite skiers as the videos accumulate here.

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Torin Koos US Champion Skate Sprint 2014 Elimination through Final Sprint


Classic 10Km Utah Jr Women 2014

Classic 15km Jr Utah Men video

Women’s 10km Classic, interval start

Men’s 15km Classic


Men’s Skate Sprint Elimination Round

Women’s Skate Sprint Elimination round

Sr. Mens’ Skate Quater Finals

Sr. Women’s Skate Quater Final Sprints

Sr. Men’s and Women’s Skate Sprint Semi-finals

Sr. Men’s / Women’s B then A Skate Sprint Finals


Jr. Men’s Quater Finals Skate Sprint

Jr. Women’s Skate Qtr-final Sprints

Jr. M W Semi-Final Skate Sprints

Jr. M W B then A Skate Sprint Finals