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:
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 utahskimo.org 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!
The last Tuesday Night Race for the year at Solitude and your not going to want to miss this one. We have great course of going up Hal’s Hollow, up to the backdoor of the roundhouse, around the Roundhouse to Same Street, then down to Home Run. At the base we then skate/glide back to the start line. Make sure your skis are waxed for this one (I have warned you!) There may be a short booter in the course depending on snow coverage. Race to do 3 laps and rec to do 2 laps. Race as always starts at 7pm.
After the race we will be going to Moonbeam lodge for awards and raffle. Solitude is going to have some hot food for us this week like a mini chili bar. Come on over. The raffle gets even bigger this week with a new sponsor Kuhl having some clothing for us to raffle off.We also have the Grand Prize of the Year which is a pair of Dynafit DNA race skis with matching ski bag! Plus we will still have other swag from our other sponsors Dynafit, Skimo.co, Voile, Gnarly.
Please remember to sign your solitude waiver before hand. Even if you know someone who is just coming to watch they need to have signed the Solitude waiver. You can find them at utahskimo.org.
Its a race week! We have a new venue and new course! This week we will be racing at Solitude Ski Resort. We have sprint style course lined up for you. The course will be heading up Shady lane with a couple of kickturns to a quick booter. Then skis back on to the top of postcard for a fast descent. As many laps you can do in an hour.
Race as always will start at 7pm. So, we will be meeting up at the Moonbeam Base area or the first Solitude entrance. Go to the far west side of the lot to park where you will see the registration tents set up. Speaking of registration since we are at a new mountain please make sure you have signed Solitude’s waiver-it just to the left in green!
If you are spectating only you still need to sign a waiver. Solitude would like everyone on the mountain Tuesday night to have signed a waiver, PLEASE.
After the race Solitude will have the Moonbeam lodge open for food and beverages. Come say thanks to Solitude for letting us race, by purchasing some snacks or beverages (adult beverages available). We of course will have cool swag and prizes to give out as well.
Last night of racing at Brighton this year! Come ski the only Milli race of the season. We will be starting at Milli chalet this week. The course will go up along the boundary line towards sol-bright trail. A quick descent through the trees and bumps will bring us to the next transition. Another skin and booter will bring us close to the Twin Lakes dam. Then its a fast descent down the ski run to the bottom. This will be a multi lap race format.
Race starts at 7pm sharp. Make sure you sign both your waivers if you have not raced before. We will go to Alpine Rose for awards and treats afterwards.
Its a race week! Come on up and work off the holiday cheer and do some skimo racing! This week we will be starting at the base of Great western lift and doing a points race. The course will be a butterfly shape 2 loop course with each loop being worth a certain number of points. Whoever can do some math and transitions with the correct sequence of loops will come out on top.
As always please park at the church (milli side) and walk over to the great western end of the parking lot. Please remember to sign both brighton and utah skimo waivers before coming up if you have not done so already. NIghtly race fees or yearly memberships can be paid for online as well at Utahskimo.org. Also the race start promptly at 7pm so plan on being there a few minutes early to get checked in (you MUST check in before you race)!
We’re racing again this week! This weeks course will take us through the upper woods and crevices of Brighton. We will start at the bottom of the snake creek lift and travel up a short ways with a quick transition and descent. Then more climbing up through the woods. A short booter and the jr’s turn off there. Then there is more skinning through the bumps to another booter which will have you top out at snake creek pass. A fun easy descent down the ski run will see you back to the start. If your feeling good and strong you will head up for lap 2. If your toast then thats the race for you.
Things to plan on: Make sure you sign both waivers online at home before you come up. You can also pay for the night or your annual membership at home and online as well on the Utah skimo.org website. We do take cash at the registration tent too for the single race. Registration is at the bottom of great western and the start is going to be at least a 15min skin/warm up, so don’t hit check in at 6:55pm and think you will make the official start. You must check in at the registration tent BEFORE racing, even if you have signed your waivers and paid. I would highly recommend a pack to carry skis for the booters, but not required.
After we will be inside at Alpine Rose for awards and raffle. Remember to show our gratitude to brighton and have beverage or some food.