Skimo at Brighton is Back!!!

We’ve gotten approval from Brighton to hold races there again this winter. Here are the dates:

  • December 10th
  • January 7th
  • January 21st
  • February 4th
  • February 18th
  • March 3rd

Many thanks to Eric Bunce for making this happen! We’re currently searching for sponsors for the post-race swag, as well as volunteers to help put the races on. Sign up here. Keep training and getting stoked because the races will be here soon!

Last Race of the Season!

If your weary powder legs can handle a little more vert, we have one more race for you this Tuesday night 3/5. This week’s course will have 2 loops for you to ski around for a points-based race. The race will start at the first big flat area as you are heading up the Great Western lift. The right hand loop will be punchy while the left hand loop will be a little longer and feature more off-trail skiing. See how many points as you can rack up in an hour.

Please remember to park at Milly Chalet and walk over to check in near the base of a Great Western lift. The start will take about 10-15 minutes to skin to so allow your self some extra time. Start time is 7pm sharp!

As always, there will be prizes and a raffle at Alpine Rose afterwards. You don’t want to miss this one; we will be raffling off a pair of Dynafit Speedfit 84 skis!

Make sure you park over by Milly chalet and that you have signed the waiver for Brighton and the Utah Skimo waivers for either adults or  kids.  Don’t forget your helmet and headlamp!  

Back on Western

This week we will be back on Western where we have a shorter multi loop course. We will do two “dog ear” loops which will equal 1 lap. The race is any many laps as you can do in the hour. Afterwards, we will be going to Alpine rose for food and awards. It s going to be a cold one so bring extra skins and layers.

Make sure you park over by Milly chalet and that you have signed the waiver for Brighton and the Utah Skimo waivers for either adults or  kids.  Don’t forget your helmet and headlamp!  

Racing on the Milly Side in Powder!

This week’s race is a short loop with a short booter.  The loop will start and finish near the bottom by the Milly chalet. From the start, the course will be a skinner up into the trees of Evergreen. Once part way up the rope line, there will be a short booter. From there, we will skin to just underneath the Twin Lakes dam. The race will then descend back down to the start/finish.

There will be some tree skiing, open runs, and lots of POWDER! This course was set by our third guest course setter Sarah. You too can come up and design your own course. We also need help with check in and course setter helpers. Remember these races don’t put themselves on! We need lots of help to make them happen so sign up here.

Race time will start at 7pm sharp! Alpine Rose is open for us to have an after awards party. We have some great prizes and give aways from all our great sponsors Dynafit, Skimo.co, DPS, Gnarly Nutrition, and Voile.

Make sure you park over by Milly chalet and that you have signed the waiver for Brighton and the Utah Skimo waivers for either adults or  kids.  Don’t forget your helmet and headlamp!  

If you have not got a Skimo season membership, then make a $10 donation on the website before you come up and save yourself some time. All proceeds go to pay for the races and help support Utah Skimo.

See you at the race!

Double Booter and Powder Racing!

This week’s race encompasses a big loop with a quick downhill section close to the start and two booters. The loop will start and finish at the bottom of the Great Western Express lift. From the start, the course will be a skinner up into the trees of Elk Park. Once it flattens, there is a transition to a quick downhill to the lift. From there, it’s skinning and booting in the lift line until the course peels towards the ridge with another booter tucked in the middle.  Finally, there’s a steep descent in soft snow on Rockin’ R, then a groomer to the bottom of the lift.   

This course was set by our second guest course setter Logan. You too can come up and design your own course. We also still need lots of help for the remaining races for check in and course setter helpers. Sign up to volunteer here.

The race will start at 7pm sharp! Alpine Rose is open for us to have an awards party afterward. We have some great prizes and give aways from all our great sponsors Dynafit, Skimo.co, DPS, Gnarly Nutrition, and Voile.

Make sure you park over by Milly chalet and that you have signed the waiver for Brighton and the Utah Skimo waivers for either adults or  kids.  Don’t forget your helmet and headlamp!  

See you in the dark!

Call for Wasatch Powder Keg Volunteers

The Wasatch Powder Keg is looking for a few good volunteers – here’s a message from volunteer coordinator Jackie Concannon:

Dear Wasatch Powder Keg Volunteers and Friends:
The 17th Annual Wasatch Powder Keg is coming up soon!
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 February 23rd and 24th.  This year’s race will host a pre-race meeting Friday night. Saturday will be the traditional Powder Keg Individual Race.  Sunday will feature a Vertical Race. 

Events:

  • The Wasatch Powder Keg Ski Mountaineering races on Saturday and Sunday 
  • Half- and full-day clinics Saturday TBD       
  • A Saturday afternoon party with a 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 will get BBQ lunch, Epic beer, and your name will be in the drawing for raffle prizes. 

As a volunteer, your commitment includes:

  • If volunteering Friday 22 February – available from 3 PM to 7:00 PM
  • If volunteering Saturday 23 February – available from ~6:00 AM to ~ 12:00 PM
  • If volunteering Sunday 24 February – available from ~6:30 AM to ~ 10:00 PM
  • Help set the course Wednesday (20th), Thursday (21st) and Friday (22nd) – TBD

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

  • Powder Keg Race – Saturday at 8:00 AM
  • Vertical Race – Sunday at 7:30 AM

Course maps, schedules, and more information is available at www.wasatchpowderkeg.com.

The Wasatch Powder Keg is a great event because of volunteers like you who help organize and conduct the race. If you have friends or relative that are racing and you are not this is a perfect way to show your support for them.  It’s the BEST feeling in the world to see a familiar face at a checkpoint cheering you on when your motivation and stamina are starting to flag!

801-635-4211 – www.wasatchpowderkeg.com

Regards,
Jackie Concannon
Wasatch Powder Keg Race volunteer coordinator
801-635-4211
www.wasatchpowderkeg.com

If this sounds like your cup of tea, contact Jackie at jackie@wasatchpowderkeg.com with the following information:

  • Name:  
  • Preferred email address:  
  • Telephone number:  
  • 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 Pre-Race Meeting, 22 Feb: __yes  __no
  • Volunteer for the Saturday Powder Keg Race, 23 Feb: __yes  __no
  • Volunteer for the Sunday Vertical Race, 24 Feb: __yes  __no
  • A picture of your smiling face!

Hope to see you all at the Powder Keg!

Fund raiser to support local junior skimo racers

Please come out and support the Silver Fork Skimo Team Thursday, January 24 at the Silver Fork Lodge in Big Cottonwood Canyon! Several of our young racers are vying for spots on the US National Team bound for the World Championships in Switzerland, and this will be a fun event with dinner and a silent auction with prizes from our sponsors DPS, Voile, and Black Diamond. Please come out and support some fantastic kids and consider contributing at our gofundme page. Hope to see you there!

Points Racing is Back!

We have an awesome 2 loop course this week that we will be using to earn the most points possible. We have an upper loop and lower loop; do both or any combination to get the most points you can in an hour. Racing starts part way up the Great Western chair. Get up there early to make sure you make to the 7pm SHARP start.

It will take you about 10-15min to get to the start. Brighton is open for night skiing now, so Alpine Rose is open for us to have an after awards party! We have some great prizes and giveaways from all our great sponsors Dynafit, Skimo.co, DPS, Gnarly Nutrition, and Voile. 

Make sure you park over by Milli chalet and that you have signed the waiver for Brighton and the Utah Skimo waivers for either adults or  kids.  Don’t forget your helmet and headlamp!  

12-8 Race Map

First Tuesday night skimo race of the ’18/19 season!

Brighton has good coverage so we can start having some interesting courses. This week we will start at the base of Great Western lift. The course will be  about 400-500′ of skinning though the woods with a cruiser descent back down to the base of  Great Western. We will run a multi lap format of the course. Helmet and headlamp are MANDATORY!
 
As always, make sure you fill out and sign both waivers at utahskimo.org and please park by Milli Chalet and walk across the parking lot.
 
If you have not bought a Utah skimo membership yet, cruise on over to the website and get yours today.  Remember, this money goes to fund these races and the insurance we need to hold them.  We’ll see you there!