Welcome To The TUNA Comp Team Page!
The Utah Nordic Alliance Comp Team is a year-round Cross Country Skiing training program designed for athletes from the ages of 8-19 who are interested in joining a community of their peers to rigorously train for Cross Country ski racing through specific, targeted, age appropriate workouts. Our program is comprised of the Jr. Comp team (ages 8-13) and Comp team (ages 13-19). The Jr. Comp program is a great place to start for any young athletes who have aspirations to race and maybe even win their age group in Wasatch Citizen Series races, Intermountain Series races, and the popular Intermountain Youth Ski Championships. Jr Comp generally meets 3-4 times per week depending on the season. Once athletes are ready to take the next step towards racing Intermountain Series Junior National Qualifier races and focusing their efforts towards fine-tuning ski technique and fitness, with progressive goals of qualifying for the Intermountain Junior National Ski Team, collegiate skiing, or even eventually racing on the US Ski Team they are invited to join the ranks of the Comp Team. The Comp team generally practices together 6 times each week, however athletes who can only participate 3-4 times per week are always welcomed as well! No matter the age or ability of your aspiring ski racer, our experienced and friendly coaching staff is excited to prepare the TUNA Comp Team for a fun and successful winter!
Getting Started With TUNA
The first step to joining the Comp Team is to become a TUNA member! Click here to sign up for TUNA, either as an individual or family. Next, check out the current programs we are offering and sign up your athlete. The Comp Team is a year-round program, divided into Summer, Fall, and Winter seasons. The Summer session begins on May 1st (the first day of the training season!) and runs through the end of August. The Fall session begins at the beginning of September and runs up until TUNA heads to West Yellowstone for Fall/Thanksgiving Ski Camp. Our Winter season begins at the beginning of December and runs through the end of the racing season (The last race we will be taking Comp athletes to this winter is the Intermountain Series Finals. Remember that you can sign up for a session at any time- so once your athlete is finished with soccer or x-c running in the fall get them signed up so they can prepare for the upcoming race season!
Come To Practice!
Once you've signed up, take a look at our Coach Bios section to meet our coaches. We are excited that we've managed to recruit young, energetic coaches with their own National, Collegiate, and International race experiences, who themselves been coached by some of the best coaches in the country. They are a great resource for all your Nordic skiing questions and are excited to get to know you and your athletes.
There is a detailed daily practice schedule on the Comp site where you can find specific times and locations for every Comp and Jr. Comp practice. Clicking on a workout will bring up more information about each workout. This schedule will be constantly updated with information so please check it often.
To get the most out of each workout, athletes are expected to come prepared with proper equipment. Below is a list of essential training equipment that athletes are required to have at EVERY practice.
- A working watch with stopwatch functionality
- Water in either a drink belt or carrier that you can take with you and does not impede skiing ability
- Clothes that keep you warm enough or cool enough to complete the specified workout
- A dry shirt to change into directly after the workout
- Food (eg. granola bar, banana) to eat directly after the workout
Additionally, Comp athletes should have the following items in good working order for workouts on snow:
- Skis that fit and are maintained to standards that enable an athlete to exercise without hindrance from poorly waxed/unwaxed/unscraped skis
- Boots that fit properly on your foot and in your bindings
- Poles between your chin and lip for skating, or between your armpit and shoulder for classic. The same pair of poles will not be acceptable for both techniques
- A personal cork for classic waxing days
Ready To Race
The TUNA Comp Team travels to local, regional, and even National races as a team, providing coaching and waxing support to our Comp athletes. The Comp Team training calendar has more information on each race that Comp and Jr. Comp will be participating in, you can often sign up for races and pay race fees right from the calendar link!
The racing calendar is pretty full, which is a good thing as it means there are lots of racing options in Utah! There are a few weekends with conflicting racess. Please talk to your coach to discuss which races are right for you.
One important aspect of ski racing is ski waxing. There are helpful wax demos sponsored by wax companies (Toko has a bunch of knowledgeable reps in town) so you can learn about different types of waxes and proper application. Click here for a schedule of wax demos in the Salt Lake area (coming soon). Comp Team coaches are also a great resource for waxing advice.