TUNA Junior Comp Team is for high school athletes, aged 11 – 14 and in 6th – 8th grade who are interested in learning the sport of ski racing or continuing to progress from DEVO Team.
Ages11 – 14
Years in Sport1 – 8
Training focusWeight transfer, technique-specific drills, speed and general endurance, low and high-intensity training, strength training, keep a training log
CompetitionLocal races, IMD Youth Championships, U12/U14 JNQs
EquipmentClassic and skate skis, boots, poles, additional skis for conditions
Complementary SportsPlay sports off-season that complement skiing (running, cycling).
SeasonFall and winter with additional summer camps

Seasonal Programs

Summer Program: Two camps in Salt Lake and the surrounding areas

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

Winter Program: 2 -3 days per week of dryland or snow as available from mid-October to March


The Junior Comp Team is for those skiers who would like to learn the sport of Nordic ski racing. The program is designed to teach and refine the fundamental techniques of classic and skate skiing, and prepare skiers for later membership on the TUNA Comp team. Racing, as always, is not mandatory. The curriculum for Jr. Comp is based on the specific developmental window of the age group—middle school. Ski games, short intervals, adventure skis, and racing strategies are all part of Junior Comp.

For more information, contact: tunacoach@utahnordic.org

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, you will get a $250 refund on your program fess if you complete 15 hours of volunteer service plus one 3 1/2  hour shift of greeting and pass sales at Mountain Dell per enrolled athlete.

NEW! Jr. Comp and Comp parents may earn hours by volunteering in the DEVO Team or Learn-To-Ski. Coaches training will be available.

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/