SkiFest 2019 a Huge Success Despite Wild Weather

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Sunday January 6, 2019 — With a wet and wild Wasatch storm rolling in just in time, around 300 skiers braved their way to Mountain Dell for SkiFest ’19. Skiers demoed the latest and greatest in equipment and took lessons from TUNA’s membership. Despite somewhat treacherous road conditions, skiers were there bright and early and ready to ski.

By the time things wrapped up, the groomers had met their match with the sticky, zero-degree snow piling up on the course. Conditions didn’t seem to bother large groups of skiers taking their first strides and glides through what could only be called a powder day at the Dell.

Thank you to Everyone!

TUNA would like to thank everyone involved for making this event a smashing success. Local retailers REI and Wasatch Touring teamed up with manufacturers Rossingnol, Salomon, Atomic, and Madshus as well as Toko wax to make sure everyone tried skiing under the expert eyes of experienced TUNA coaches.

We hope everyone had an amazing day, and that you’ll be back to ski the trails, participate in programs for youth and adults, and perhaps test your skills at a Wasatch Citizens race. You can follow TUNA on Twitter (featuring daily grooming reports) and Instagram @utahnordic, and on Facebook: search “TUNA (The Utah Nordic Alliance).

Photo Essay

Getting a good photo was next to impossible in the storm, but TUNA’s Mark Keeney did his best to capture the event in photos.

The Demo “Tent City” set up and ready to spread the fun
A Madshus representative stands under an empty tent, having sent out all his demo skis
The sticky snow piled up faster than groomers could manage
Skiers begin their day at the top of the main loop at Mountain Dell
Excited skiers lined up to try the latest equipment
A lone Learn to Ski kid makes her way down to the learning area for the next event at Mountain Dell on Sunday
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Jen Santoro is the editor of the print TUNA News. She used to race bikes of all kinds and was on the first team of women to race cyclocross in Europe in the World Cup. The mom of two changed sports in 2010, and was the 2018 World Master’s Champion in 15k and 30k Skate in the 40-44 division.