The Utah Nordic Alliance, TUNA, is a ski club that promotes cross-country skiing in Salt Lake City and northern Utah. In the winter of 2010/11, TUNA had a paid membership of 323 families and 266 individuals, predominantly from Park City and Salt Lake City.
The club was formed in 1990 as an alliance between the Park City Nordic Club and the Utah Nordic Ski Association. It is a non-profit organization, with activities organized by a 12-member Board of directors. The club's main activities are centered on Cross-Country skiing and racing, with junior race programs, year-round training programs for all ages, trail grooming, and a race series. Recreational aspects are maintained with the club's yurt in the Uinta Mountains, family ski-tours, and a social program. The club also publishes a monthly, professional newsletter, TUNA News, with a distribution of over 2000, as well as this web site.
The Wasatch Citizens Series is a cross country ski race series started in 1979. In the 1998/99 season, 265 individuals participated in at least one event, with an average attendance of about 115. In the 2009/10 season, those numbers had increased to over 500 individuals participating, with an average attendance of almost 260. Most of the active racers live in Salt Lake City and Park City areas, with an age distribution between less than 5 and over 70. TUNA also sponsors the White Pine/TUNA Relay each December in conjunction with the White Pine Touring Center. This is a handicapped event, in which each team has an equal chance of winning, and which rewards skiers who are improving.
Several locations offer excellent opportunities for cross-country skiing and skating. Mountain Dell ski area is operated by TUNA and has 12 km of trails that are groomed daily. TUNA also sets track on SR65, aka East Canyon Road, about once a week in the winter. Soldier Hollow, White Pine, Solitude, Sundance, Jeremy Ranch and Snowbasin each has a nordic center with between 10 and 20 km of groomed trails. The upper 8 kilometers of the Mill Creek Canyon road is groomed at least once a week. In addition to the trails groomed specifically for cross-country skiing, several hundred kilometers of groomed snowmobile trails exist within one hour driving distance of Salt Lake City.
TUNA's mission is to promote the sport of cross-country skiing and racing in Utah through information, education, coaching, facilitation, events, and social gatherings. These tasks are achieved through the work of nine sub-committees, where each Board member takes an active role.