TUNA Comp Team is for high school athletes, aged 14-19 who are interested in ski racing. Members will train year-round and attend Junior National Qualifiers with the goal of competing in Junior Nationals.
Ages14 – 19
Years in Sport1 – 10
Training focusWeight transfer, technique-specific drills, speed and general endurance, low and high-intensity training, periodized training plans, strength training, keep a training log
CompetitionLocal races, JNQ’s with goal of JN Qualification
EquipmentClassic and skate skis, boots, poles, additional skis for conditions
Complementary SportsPlay sports off-season that complements skiing (running, cycling).
SeasonYear-round skiing focus

Seasonal Programs

Summer Program: 3 – 6 days per week of dryland training from May to August. Includes running, rollerskiing, hiking, cycling, strength training.

Fall Program: 6 days per week of dryland or snow as available from August to November.

Fall Training Camp: A week of intense training in West Yellowstone, MT, the week of Thanksgiving.

Winter Program: 6 days per week of training or racing from November until March. Local and regional races and Junior National Qualifiers.


The Competition Ski Team is part of The Utah Nordic Alliance’s racing program and is open to skiers ages 14 to 19 (age groups U16, U18, and U20) who are interested in a higher level of training, technique development, and participation in local and regional races.  The Comp Team’s goal is preparing athletes for competition at the Junior National level and eventual long-term success in a Collegiate racing environment. The Comp Team meets every weekday at 4:00pm, Saturdays at 9:00am, and also includes some weekend activities, such as special clinics, participation in local and regional races, and other events. Winter session begins in November and continues through the end of March.

The Comp training program is designed around a training schedule of 6 days per week, and includes the expectation of competing in the local and regional races we travel to throughout the winter.  While athletes are strongly encouraged to participate 6 days a week and attend as many practices and races as possible, we realize that there can be schedule conflicts and other obligations for our athletes so we also offer a part-time program with 3-4 practices per week (you may come more infrequently, we just encourage at least 3 to get the best impact from our program.)

For more information, contact: tunacoach@utahnordic.com

Parent Volunteers

TUNA is an all-volunteer organization, is continually in need of volunteers, and requests that the parents or guardians of each participant perform a certain amount of service hours at TUNA sponsored events or functions.

For skiers in the Comp/Jr. Comp program, TUNA requires 15 hours of volunteer service plus one 3 1/2  hour shift of greeting and pass sales at Mountain Dell per enrolled athlete.

NEW! Comp parents can earn hours by volunteering with the DEVO Team or Learn-To-Ski. Coach training is provided and it’s fun (and improves everyone’s skiing).

We would highly encourage parents to consider taking on another greeting shift as Mountain Dell daily pass sales are vital to the health of TUNA Jr. Programs and the organization as a whole. Extra greeting shifts can be credited against needed volunteer hours.

TUNA parent volunteer guidelines and opportunities can be found here: http://www.utahnordic.org/volunteer/

Volunteer refund procedure: After completing volunteer hours for the season, submit your hours to Eric Swanson  no later than June 25th following the ski season.