Sunday, March 11, 2018

End of the Season for Some Nordic Tracks

Today is a sad day as both Mountain Dell and North Fork Park have closed for nordic skiing, presumably for the season.

I'd like to give a shout out today to everyone at The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA) and Ogden Nordic for their efforts this season.  Despite sparse snow and remarkable warmth, both tracks were open quite a bit thanks to a great deal of shoveling and careful grooming. 

Mountain Dell
North Fork Park

I grew up cross country skiing, but only this year did I start skate skiing, and it totally changed my perspective on the sport and gave me a whole new challenge in skiing.  Talk about suffering!  However, over the past couple of months, form and fitness have led to remarkable improvement.  I may be slow, but I'm not as slow as I was in December!

I also discovered that when the powder skiing is terrible, the skate skiing is often great.  Thus, skating helped me survive a less than desirable snow season. 

I'm still hoping to get out a few more times this season if the Park City area tracks can survive (tough call).  Or, if necessary, perhaps a road trip.


  1. Yesssss! The crew at Mountain Dell went above and beyond this year to keep the track open and skiable. Thanks guys.

  2. TUNA ROCKS! I always tell my alpine/resort based friends how much they would like skate skiing once in some condition but I am usually shouted down.....

    1. Damn straight. I have been struck by how happy and satisfied nordic skiers are, even when conditions are pretty poor. Must be the endorphins, or perhaps not dealing with traffic gridlock, overcrowded parking lots, and lines.

  3. All of in Ogden Valley appreciate the great efforts of the Ogden Nordic team. There's great snowshoeing there too! You just need to respect the moose. If they are on the track, it's theirs.....