Check out our latest newsletter for info about Utah Skimo race suits (orders due Tuesday, October 31st so don’t delay), membership details and more!
Wow. What a season. The Utah SkiMo season ended two weeks ago with the final race of the Ski the Beav series up in Logan. We had races canceled for lack of snow (Skin the Turkey Race) and too much snow (Logan race due to unsafe driving conditions). We raced in all conditions- powder, sun, cold, wind and lightning- and no matter the conditions you came and crushed! And for that we thank you (and, quite frankly are proud and impressed!).
Across the pond the United States competed in the bi-annual ISMF World Championships and the team finished in 6th place- the highest for the US Team! Tom Goth was the lone Wasatch athlete. The next world’s is only 2 years away-time to start training!
For those still motivated and not lured away from skiing by flip flops, biking and climbing, the US race season has two more events on the calendar- Cody’s Challenge at Steamboat on April 1st and the Father Dwyer Postal Route in Leadville on April 8th
We couldn’t do it without you or our sponsors– Voile, Skimo.co, The Sport Loft, Gnarly Nutrition, Dynafit, Julbo, Clif Bar La Sportiva and Black Diamond. So thank you and remember to thank our sponsors for their support by supporting them!
Youth Program Update
At this years Wasatch PowderKeg, participants noticed an obvious drop in the average racer age. This noticeable youthful energy was a result dedicated youth racers, parents, coaches and Utah Skimo.
Early in the waning months of fall, Sarah Cookler, Nina Silitch, Pete Stoughton and Chad Brackelsberg and a dream of forming a Utah Youth Skimo League. With some behind the scenes planning, and determined coaches, two teams formed. Silver fork Skimo, under the direction of Sarah Cookler, and Park City Skimo, coached by Nina Silitch, formed. The youth trained at the respective locations and occasionally gathered atTuesday Night Races at Brighton.
Through the guidance of the Youth League Director, Pete Stoughton, the race series consisted of three races. In order for students to be eligible for the state championship they must have raced in the Crowbar, PowderKeg Vert and PowderKeg race.
In total, the first year was a success. We had 15 student participants ranging in age from 9-16. Not only was the year a blast, but is a great building block to developing Utah Skimo.
We are excited to see the sport grow and hope to see many of these young men and women represent the US in 2022.
All races are FREE for Utah Skimo members ($10 for non-members). Annual membership includes free entry to all Utah Skimo races, including the Tuesday night Brighton series, and a slew of other perks (like access to demo race gear).
1) Sign up as a Utah Skimo member
2) Complete the online waiver (adult or youth)
3) ‘Like’ their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter to get updates
These races are organized entirely by volunteers. If you’re not sure about racing but would like to help out, let them know!
No dogs please.Questions? Contact David: david.zeke.
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 www.wasatchpowderkeg.com
Information needed to volunteer:
|Preferred email address:|
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|__MS __MM __ML __MXL|
|Skiing or non-skiing position:||__skiing __non-skiing|
|Help set course:||__yes __no|
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|__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).