TUNA Programs

This program is for young skiers age 4-8 years old and takes place on four Sundays in January. The program meets at Mountain Dell Golf Course in Parleys Canyon. Sessions are scheduled from 1:00-2:30 p.m. with the exception of the first session when parents and children are asked to arrive by 12:30 p.m. so they can find their class and meet their instructors. Each session consists of ski games and activities (relay races, treasure hunts, obstacle courses) that introduce children to skiing and basic ski techniques, with an emphasis on FUN and lots of parent participation.

This program is for for kids 6-13 years old, beginner to advanced skiers. The emphasis is on fun, learning ski skills, and developing a life long interest in x-c skiing. Advanced and older skiers should consider the XC Team.

The Junior Competition Ski Team is part of The Utah Nordic Alliance's racing program and is open to all kids ages 8-13. 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

Cross Country Mountain biking, Cross Country Running...why not Cross Country Skiing?  The XC-Team is designed to provide an outdoor, fun, and fast paced cross training option.  It is for recreational skiers from ages 13 to 18 with a broad range of skiing experience.  Should the athlete wish to try Nordic ski racing, support is provided at all Wasatch Citizen Series races. The XC-Team meets at Mountain Dell Golf Course on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  While there is a one day a week option, to really learn and enjoy cross country skiing, two days a week is ideal.

The Competition Ski Team is part of The Utah Nordic Alliance's racing program and is open to all kids from 14 to 19 who are interested in a higher level of training, technique development, and participation in local and regional races.

ADULT SESSIONS. TUNA offers adult clinics on Tuesday afternoons for parents of Junior Program skiers and other interested adults. We anticipate beginner and intermediate groups. Sessions will be held at Mountain Dell from 4:30 to 5:30, beginning January 3 and continuing through March 7. There is an optional, non-teaching session on March 11 in conjunction with the juniors' season-ending party.

Goal: To form training groups for master-level skiers that either want to improve their racing results and/or for established skiers that just want to improve their skiing in general!

Having a training group will not only motivate everyone to train effectively, but more importantly, it will help to create a social network of skiers that are working to achieve common goals for the season: one of which is to HAVE FUN ski training!

The training sessions will focus on the following: Improving fitness, technique, transition work, waxing, race strategy, etc. Each session will include a warm-up, a technique goal, ski specific strength drills, interval session or Wild Rose Fun race, followed by a specific technique and/or speed drill, warm-down.

TUNA Head Coach Steve Cook will lead a 12:00pm session at Mtn Dell Wednesdays from January 3rd through February 21st.  You should be an intermediate and above skate skier.  We will work on technique in the early sessions and move to endurance and skiing fast for the later sessions.  If you have questions about this program please contact TUNA's coaching staff at tunacoach [at] utahnordic [dot] com.  

Jr. Athlete Summer Training will consist of a series of 5 day mini-camps held throughout the summer. Everyone is encouraged to sign up for one or all! Camps will be offered in June, July, and August and will run 8:30am to 3:30pm

TUNA is teaming up with Trikes to Trails- presented by Gear Rush Skills to offer three 5-day mountain bike skills camps.

Summer dryland training for Comp Team junior Nordic skiers age 14-19 will begin on Monday, May 1st, and continue throughout the Summer.

For the first time, TUNA is offering a Masters Spring Dryland session. The session's focus will be on maintaining strength, mobility and fitness after the ski season! This Spring session will also include nutrition and sport psychology components.

Dryland training sessions for Ages 8 to 13 year old TUNA junior skiers will be held in Sugarhouse Park beginning Thursday September 7th, 2017. Meet in Sugarhouse Park in the parking lot at the end of the road on the north side of the pond.

The training program is designed to help young athletes have fun, stay fit, and prepare for the upcoming cross country ski season. Young skiers interested in joining the TUNA U14 Comp Team are strongly encouraged to participate. Training sessions are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:30 PM.

TUNA juniors of all ages, as well as skiers from other clubs are invited to join us for our annual West Yellowstone Thanksgiving Camp. There will be two camps. One for Comp Team athletes ages 13 to 19 and one for Junior Comp Team athletes ages 8 to 12. Comp Team Camp runs from Sunday Nov. 19st to Sunday Nov. 26th. Junior Comp Team Camp runs from Wednesday Nov. 22nd to Nov. 26th. Coaches Steve Cook, Noah Brautigam, Don DeBlieux, Katy Bonacci and Caden MacFarlane will lead morning and afternoon on-snow workouts every day for the athletes , often in collaboration with clubs from across the nation such as Soldier Hollow Nordic Team, Bogus Basin Nordic Team, and the Jackson Hole Ski Club.

TUNA U14/U16/U18 Dryland Training

The Fall TUNA Comp Ski Team is a program designed for competition preparation from the beginning of September until the winter season begins in late November. Dryland training sessions are aimed primarily at 14-19 year old TUNA junior skiers (U14/U16/U18 age groups) and will be held at various local training venues in the Salt Lake valley and Park City area beginning Monday Aug. 28, 2017.  

Laurie Humbert and Janet Myshrall will again conduct their Monday and Wednesday evening sessions, starting on Wednesday Aug 24, at Sugarhouse Park on the north side of the pond. This carefully designed program includes core stability exercises, ski specific strengthening techniques, flexibility training, and ski walk and bounding interval work.

Laurie Humbert and Janet Myshrall will again conduct their Monday and Wednesday evening sessions, starting on Wednesday September 6th, at Sugarhouse Park on the north side of the pond. This carefully designed program includes core stability exercises, ski specific strengthening techniques, flexibility training, and ski walk and bounding interval work.

Steve Cook will lead private sessions for individuals throughout the fall and winter to help prepare Senior and Masters for the upcoming race season or find more enjoyment out of Nordic skiing.  The program is designed to be a flexible and individualized training program for anyone from college skiers, to post-college recreational racers, to Masters of any age who want to improve their ski technique and fitness for the coming season.

4-time Masters World Champion and 20+ time National Champion Barry Makarewicz will lead twice weekly dryland training sessions at Sugarhouse Park and other various locations between SLC and Park City this fall. Barry brings over 35 years of experience in multisport training and competition to help adult athletes improve their performance, prevent injuries, build overall fitness and strength while having fun doing it. Training modes will vary, with time spent on foot and on rollerskis.

TUNA Head Coach Steve Cook will lead a group of Masters interested in improving general and ski specific conditioning throughout the fall.  Practices will be held at Lindsey Gardens in the Avenues from 8:30am to 10:00am on Thursday mornings.  Participants should have some familiarity with nordic skiing as we will be practicing ski movements and agility.  We can tailor workouts to individual needs, however the general plan will be to do dryland exercises with running shoes and athletic clothes.