The Junior Competition Ski Team is part of The Utah Nordic Alliance’s racing program and is open to middle school kids from 11-14. It is for those skiers with an interest in developing their skiing skills through formal ski training and games that emphasize the fundamentals of balance, technique, strength and endurance – geared towards athletes who are anticipating participating in cross country ski racing.
Skiers should be proficient in both classic and skating techniques. Athletes are encouraged to sign up for the 3 day/week program, however we also offer a 2 day/week program for those with other commitments. Jr. Comp athletes are also encouraged to race at Wasatch Citizens Series races and IMD Series races.
This includes coming prepared with the correct equipment, and a positive attitude. During the season, athletes are expected to race one JNQ and most of the Wasatch Citizens Series races. Although two pair of ski boots (one classic and one skate) is recommended, one good pair of combi boots will work and one pair of classic skis and one pair of skate skis and poles are required.
The Jr. Comp teams meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:15-6:15 pm primarily at Mtn. Dell, but also at other venues in the Salt Lake Valley and Park City.
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.
At the conclusion of the season, parents who complete the 15 hours will be given a refund of $250 from the cost of the program.
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.
Volunteer refund procedure: After completing volunteer hours for the season, submit your hours to Eric Swanson at volunteer_deposit@
Additional volunteer information, here.
TUNA plans to proceed with caution this year again.
Do not bring your child to the program session if your child:
- Is exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus. Symptoms range from mild to severe illness and may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, including: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Have been in close, sustained contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- Athletes and staff should bring their own filled water bottle- water bottles with straws or tube-style nozzles will make drinking with a face covering easier and safer.
- Athletes and staff should bring a mask that covers mouth and nose. A Buff is not a mask.
- Athletes and staff should come to the program location in clean clothes for each session.
- Athletes and staff should wear a mask at any time OUTDOORS when face-to-face, or when 6 feet of distance is not possible. Masks can be moved for strenuous training when distanced.
- Athletes and staff should wear a mask at all times during INDOOR training.
- Athletes and staff should disinfect all equipment prior to use, in between use, and once training has concluded.