Next Tuesday’s race

Here is the the raffle swag for next Tuesday night’s race. We have got great stuff from our even greater sponsors: Dynafit, Voile, Gnarly Nutrition,, Black Diamond, Julbo, Cliff Bars. Grand prize for the year is a pair of DYNAFIT CHUGACH SKIS. The only way you can win these bad boys is to be at the Alpine Rose after the race, have a raffle ticket and be a year member of Utah Skimo (we will be checking). So if you have raced this season and would like to see these races continue in the future, sign up for a year membership now! If you have already signed up this year, you are on your way there to winning these skis!
More details to come on course and location. 

Wasatch PowderKeg Volunteers needed

The 15th Annual Wasatch Powder Keg is coming up!

Thanks to dedicated volunteers, continued racer enthusiasm, and the generous support of many outdoor manufacturers and retailers, the Wasatch Powder Keg remains one of the largest ski mountaineering (skimo) races in the US and it continues to grow! 

The Wasatch Powder Keg will be held on March 10th and 11th!  This year’s race will host a new Friday night Vertical Race followed by the pre-race meeting. Saturday will be the traditional Powder Keg Individual Race. 


  • The Wasatch Powder Keg Ski Mountaineering races on Friday and Saturday
  • 2 days of free gear demos on Saturday and Sunday
  • Saturday and Sunday Half- and full-day clinics on topics such as steep skiing, split-boarding, efficient backcountry travel techniques, mountaineering skills for backcountry riders, ski photography, and avalanche travel and rescue skills.
  • A Saturday afternoon party featuring a live band, BBQ, and a drawing for donated gear

We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help continue the outstanding success of this race. Whether you’re a veteran volunteer from years past or new this year, we want you on the Powder Keg team.  We have volunteer positions for skiers and non-skiers alike.  To sign up, please reply to this email with the information requested below.

This is a great opportunity to participate in a home-grown event in a rapidly growing sport that features the best skimo racers around. Everyone who volunteers for Saturday gets a Powder Keg shirt, BBQ lunch, an Epic beer, and your name will be in the raffle prizes. 

As a volunteer, your commitment includes:

  • If volunteering Friday 10 March – available from 3 PM to 7:00 PM
  • If volunteering Saturday 11 March – available from ~5:30 AM to ~ 12:00 PM
  • Help set the course Wednesday (8th), Thursday (9th) and Friday (10th)

 Powder Keg Race starting times – all from the Milly Base:

  • The Vertical Race – Friday at 4:00 PM
  • The Powder Keg – Saturday at 7:30 AM

 Course maps, schedules, and more information is available at

Information needed to volunteer:

Preferred email address:  
Telephone number:  
T-shirt size:  __WS  __WM  __WL  __WXL 
__MS  __MM  __ML  __MXL
Skiing or non-skiing position: __skiing  __non-skiing
__backcountry  __in-bounds
Help set course: __yes  __no
__Wednesday  __Thursday  __Friday
__full day    __ morning    __afternoon  
Volunteer for Friday Race, 10 Mar: __yes  __no
Volunteer for the Saturday Powder Keg race, 11 Mar: __yes  __no

To sign up as a volunteer, please reply to this email with the following information.  We will do our best to match your assignment with your preference. If you’re a returning volunteer and want your same position, let me know.  Please note that many of this year’s skiing positions will require touring to reach the checkpoint or return to Brighton’s base and require the shuttle of course markings (flags, bamboo, etc).

Wasatch Ski Mountaineering Race, February 7

Final clinic of the season this Tuesday, 2/7 at 6 pm before the 7 pm race -and from the look of course it looks like it would benefit us all to go! Clinic will meet at 6 pm at the base of Milly and cover kick turns and skinning technique and hopefully we’ll get is some transition practice as well!
Kick turns, Kick turns and more Kick turns! Lots of kick turns and a booter is in store for this week’s ALL OFF PISTE tuesday night race. We have a great course lined up with a small climb and descent leading to a longer climb with a booter thrown in as well. All this will make an 800′ lap, race will do 3 laps rec does 2. The second descent will not cross the up track as it will be just to the right. The weatherman says it’s supposed to start storming again this week so it should be a powder filled race. Have we had any non powder races his year? Woohoo!!
This week we will be back at millicent base area and as always, starting at 7pm SHARP. Please remember to sign BOTH waivers online beforehand if you have not already. If you have been given a key tag for the season bring that along and go through check in faster. If you have not received one we will get you one at check in. If you are paying per race please pay online before you come or even better buy a membership and help support the series and Utah Skimo. Please join us at Alpine Rose after the race for food, beer, and prizes. And as a special deal bring a newbie racer this week and get an extra raffle tag!RaceCourse

Tuesday, January 24th Race

Next race this Tuesday night 1/24. We will be racing this week on the millicent side of the mountain. Short course format doing multiple laps on one course. We will start at the base of milli going up climber’s right along the ski area boundary. There will be at least 1 booter, maybe more. We will climb up about 400-500′ and intersect with easy out trail and come back to the bottom. Sorry there is no map this week, Brighton has been red lighted for the last few days. There will be some great skiing to be had with all this snow!
As a reminder if you have never raced or raced years past, you HAVE to have signed both brighton and Utahskimo race waivers THIS SEASON. You will find these at in the top left hand corner of the page. If you have not you will be held up at sign in to get them signed before you race.And it takes time you want to be warming up or skiing.
 If you are not a member check out our member tab and join. Become part of the growing utahskimo family and help keep our races going with your donation. Also take a look at all the benefits you get by joining.  Also, don’t forget your key tags to check in faster!
Remember great prizes and food after at the Alpine rose (behind the main brighton ticket building)
Look forward to seeing you there!

Weekly Race Recaps, Crowbar and Powder Keg Coming up!

It’s Friday. Whoop Whoop! Hope everyone’s had a chance to recover from last week races using the best possible, proven method- powder skiing. If you haven’t, looks like you’ve got a good chance to get some more in this weekend! In addition to the weeknight series, some bigger local races are coming up. If you haven’t raced either the Crowbar Backcountry Race or the Wasatch Powder Keg what are you waiting for?! This is your year (and as Warren Miller liked to say, if you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do!). And if you have done the races, then gosh darn it, you know how much fun they are so sign yourself and a friend up, you know neither one will regret it!

Weeknight race recaps. We had two week night races happening last week! First, on Tuesday up at Brighton those who braved the weather and slick canyon road were rewarded with a full on powder course! Adam Holmes and Najeeby Quinn won the coveted cookies as our respective men’s and women’s winner and pretty much everyone had a good chance of walking out with at least a Voile Strap (as always, thanks to our sponsors- Voile, The Sport Loft, Skimo Co, Gnarly Nutrition, Dynafit and Black Diamond- for helping with the races and providing awesome raffle prizes!).








The second race of the week marked the beginning of the Beaver Mountain weeknight series! We had a small but enthusiastic group show up to Beaver Mountain on Friday night, to run laps on a fun 500-vertical-foot course set by Tyler King.  Kick turns through the trees led to a screaming groomer descent on excellent snow.  The demo gear was quite popular – thanks for the hand delivery, Layne! – and we were thrilled to sign up a slew of new Utah Skimo members and to see a couple talented young athletes try skimo for the first time.  There was a fierce battle up front, as newcomer Rylan Schadegg relentlessly chased down some tired old man (the author).  Each completed 5 laps a few minutes under the one-hour cutoff.  The old man prevailed… barely… but Rylan is currently practicing transitions in his yard and planning to crush everything in sight the rest of this season.  Lucky winners took home randomly-drawn prizes, including a free entry to theJan. 28 CROWBAR race and a $50 Altra gift card.  Thanks to our sponsors, participants, volunteers, and especially Beaver Mountain!  The next Logan race is Feb. 10 at 630 pm.







Exciting Upcoming Races! Remember those race I mentioned earlier? Here’s some more information!
Come join us January 28th at 9:00am for the CROWBAR backcountry ski race!  CROWBAR is held entirely outside of ski area boundaries in Logan Canyon, Utah. Race, Recreational and Junior (under 18) divisions are offered. The course includes big climbs and fun descents on ridges, forested slopes, and open powder fields, while avoiding avalanche terrain and providing spectacular views of the Bear River Range.
This year Cache Valley local youth and Utah SkiMo Youth League members race for free! 
For more information and to register, visit or email








The 15th annual Wasatch Powder Keg will be held on March 10-11 at Brighton Ski Resort. The Powder Keg is a test of speed, strength, and endurance for any backcountry skier. This year will feature a Friday afternoon Vertical Race and Saturday Individual Race. The Powder Keg is part of the US Ski Mountaineering Association National Race Series. Register here!

Upcoming Utah Skimo Events!

And don’t forget about the other events we have going on!  We’ve a women’s meet-up Thursday nights at Brighton and an Uphill at PCMR meet- up happening on Wednesdays. Ski-Yo on Tuesday, Jan. 31st, 6:30 at the Skimo Co retail store and hopefully a clinic on skinning technique before the Feb 4th race at Brighton.

Don’t forget to call Jeff Handwerk,  an instructor at Solitude who’d love to help you crush the downhill on lightweight gear. To set up a lesson, contact him directly. To have even more fun, get a group together for a group lesson!

January 24
Wasatch Citizen Series Race #4
Brighton Ski Resort
7:00 pm SHARP (be at the start by 6:55 or be square)
It’s another Tuesdaynight race so I guess that means another powder day? Weather’s setting up for another powder course on this week (that would make 3 out of 4 so far this year!) so make sure you leave in plenty of time to make it up safely, and save a little energy for the whooping and hollering on the downhill!

January 25
Uphill at PCMR
6:30 pm Payday Lift at Park City Mountain Resort
Join us Wednesdaynights during January to skin up Park City Mountain! With a focus on fun and fitness, this is a great way to get to know other members of the skimo tribe, learn about the local race scene, and work on your 2017 resolution to get more vert. 🙂
All fitness levels welcome, on any type of skimo gear (race, AT, splitboards – anything with skins). Please bring your own gear, helmet and headlamp, and be ready to go at the bottom of PayDay Lift at 6:30pm. Running late? Just head up climber’s left of Homerun to find us. We look forward to seeing you there! (Note: PayDay is not the lift pictured in the event photo.) 
Please follow the uphill policy for Park City Mountain at all times:

January 26
Ladies Night!
6:30 Brighton Ski Resort
A fun night for women and girls of all abilities on all uphill ski gear interested in participating in Ski Mountaineering racing for fun and fitness. Please bring your own backcountry/skimo gear, helmet and headlamp. Have your gear on and be ready to go at the bottom of the Great Western lift at 6:30. Running late? Just head up from Great Western to find us! We’re usually out till about 8, but you can always leave early.

January 10th Race

Come one, come all to the tuesday night race 1/10 (looks like we will have some powder skiing to boot). The race will be starting at the bottom of Great western lift. Start time as always will be 7pm sharp. Race division will do 2 loops of the course (2200′)  and 1 loop for rec division (1100′). Juniors will do 1- 2 laps of the right side of the course. There will be a booter for rec and race division. No pack required but might be good practice 🙂 The race will be about 1hr long. Remember helmet and head lamp required. Prizes/awards and raffle at the alpine rose after. We Have got some great raffles from our generous sponsors. Beer and food available, come eat!
If you have never raced before please arrive early to get checked in. You can register and sign waivers online which will greatly speed up your check in process. 
Check them out here:
Please do not park by great western lift as Brighton will have night skiing going on. Please park at the Milly chalet and walk across the parking lot.
See you there!!

January 10th Race

Race Update:
January 10th, 7pm race
The race on the 9th has been rescheduled to an evening race on the 10th. Course to be announced shortly. Please park by Milly Chalet and not Great Western, thank you. 
The Utah Skimo race waiver is here, and the Brighton waiver is here. If you haven’t signed up yet, and please sign up for a membership here

December 20th Race Course and Logistics

Tuesday’s race format will be a points race.  You will be given points for each lap you complete within 1 hour.  You only get points for the laps you finish in that 1 hour period so any laps completed after 1 hour do not count. You will keep track of your laps and report them at the finish to be added up.  You have 2 ascent options with a shared descent.  

Route 1

  • 2 points per completed lap
  • Located on climbers right, this lap climbs from Milly Chalet to Twin Lakes Damn.
  • Longer, less technical, no booting
  • 0.55 miles
  • 620’ ascent

Route 2: 

  • 1 point per lap
  • Located on climbers left.  This lap climbs from Milly Chalet to the first flat
  • Shorter, more technical, has a booter
  • 0.30 miles
  • 350’ ascent

As always, headlamp and helmet are required.  If you have not signed up for your Utah Skimo Membership or signed BOTH the Brighton and Utah Skimo waivers, please do that before the race at  

We will be doing race checkin in the parking lot by Milly Chalet. The race will start at 7PM sharp so please arrive early for race sign in.

Post race awards will be at the 3rd floor of Alpine Rose at the main Brighton base.




Ski-Yo, Race Re-Cap and Ladies Night!

First race is in the books! It was cold and snowy but 80 (including some Juniors for the Silver Fork Youth SkiMo team!) brave souls came out to race! Andy Dorias  and Gemma Arro Ribot took top honors for men and women and won the coveted cookie price! 

Looking to recover from the race and a weekend of skiing?! Join us Tuesday, December 13 at the SkiMo Co retail store (2477 Fort Union Blvd, Cottonwood Heights) for Ski-Yo- a free,  all levels yoga class focused on recovery from and strengthening for skiing!

We hope to see you out at the next race Tuesday 12/20. Don’t forget to sign both waivers before coming up if this will be your first race! Looking to gain an edge over that guy or gal you can never seem to beat? Come early and join us for a transition clinic at 6pm sharp and put your new skills to the test in the race afterward! Interested or have questions? Shoot us an e-mail at info (at)

And don’t forget to sign-up to volunteer at a race! if you’ve been meaning to sign up but can never seem to find the link, not to worry! We’ve added a new tab to our website- just go to the Volunteer tab on our website!




Upcoming Events:

December 13
Skimo Co Retail Store
6:30 pm 
Come recover from the the first race (or just all that pow you’ve been shredding) with us at Skimo Co with Ski-Yo. This is a free, basic level yoga class. Please bring your own mat if you can- a limited number of mats are available for those without. Make sure to show up early- it’s been a full house before! Questions? Contact Nancy: nightingalerun at gmail.

December 15
Ladies Night
6:30 pm Brighton
For all women and girls of all abilities on all uphill ski gear interested in participating in Ski Mountaineering racing for fun and fitness.
Every Thursday of the winter 2016-2017 season at 6:30pm beginning December 8th.
Please be ready to go with your gear on at 6:30pm. If you’re running late the group will usually head over to Great Western and begin from there. Head up the hill to find us. The group will usually break into different abilities/fitness levels.
Brighton Ski Resort*.  Meet at the bottom of Great Western Lift. Please park according to the Brighton Uphill policy *There may be some meet-ups at Park City Mountain Resort once they have opened for uphill travel for the season. Check back with us and follow us on social media for all the latest details
Helmet and headlamp and whatever backcountry/skimo equipment you have (tele, split board, AT set up with skins). Warm clothing. You DO NOT need shovel, beacon or probe (we will be in bounds).

December 20
Clinic: Transitions!
Brighton Ski Resort
6:00 pm (skis on ready to go!)
Transitions. They can be one of the most frustrating part of racing. But done right they can help you gain time and feel confident! Come learn how to make your transitions more efficient and shave some time off your race!