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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. 


  • 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

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!

Wasatch Powder Keg Race volunteer coordinator

If this sounds like your cup of tea, contact Jackie at 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,, 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 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!

Skin the Turkey is on at Brighton!

The first race of the Utah Skimo series is happening this Thursday morning at Brighton Ski resort starting at 8am. Come on up and make some room for the turkey later! The course will start and finish at the bottom of the Snake Creek lift due to snow amounts. We have a short 500′ course that you will do several loops on. Because of this, you will have to skin to the start line which will take 15-20 minutes.

The race will start PROMPTLY at 8am, so plan on being to Brighton early to check in and skin to the start. Our suggestion is to be up to Brighton no later than 7:30am so you can check in and skin to the start. If you have not signed waivers yet, go to the website and sign the Utah Skimo and Brighton waiver. This will save you some time in the morning so you don’t miss the start. Memberships can be done online on the website before you come up.

Remember to park by the Milli Chalet and walk over to Great Western lift for check-in and to start skinning. We will have awards and a raffle at the Alpine Rose afterwards. See you there!