TUNA follows the development recommendations for the US Ski team. Because this age group can have multiple abilities, we offer three options for middle grades students depending on their number of years in the sport.

Junior Comp

The Junior Comp program is a developmentally appropriate Nordic ski competition program for middle school students. The focus of this program is to allow these young athletes the appropriate training and skill development to race in the Intermountain Division in the U14 and U16 divisions. Skiers will also race in the Wasatch Citizens Series. Racing is never mandatory, however, skiers in this group will learn the skills for racing.

Ages: 11 – 14 *

Years in sport: 2 – 8

Equipment: One pair of waxable classic skis, one pair of skate skis, one pair of combi boots or one pair each of classic and skate boots.

Schedule

Meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at various ski locations in and around Salt lake

*These ages are based on the USSA Development Windows for athletes. Skiers under the age of 11 may be admitted to the Junior Comp Program on a case-by-case basis and with prior approval from the coaching staff. Please email tunacoach@utahnordic.org for approval BEFORE signing up for this program.

Visit the Junior Comp page for more information, here.

XC – Middle School

The XC program is designed around skiers who love to stay in shape by skiing in the winter, and perhaps compete in other sports year-round. It is skate-based and the emphasis is on fun, camaraderie, fitness, and skill. For those who wish to race, the Wasatch Citizens Series provides an entry to competition.

Ages: 11 – 14

Years in sport: 0 – 8

Equipment: One pair of Nordic skate boots and one pair of skate skis. Rentals will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Photos of skis)

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 4:15 – 5:45. January and February

Visit the XC Page for more information, here.