Big Changes for the 2017 Wasatch Powder Keg

Happy New Year!  We hope everyone has been training hard, racing, and skiing lots of great powder. As long as skiing powder is great race training, the Powder Keg Race Committee has been training hard.

We have some big race changes for the 2017 Powder Keg.  There is a lot going on in the Ski Mountaineering Race world in February and March. The World Ski Mountaineering Championships are 23 February – 02 March in Italy.  Pierra Menta is 08-11 March, and 5 Peaks is 11 March. Many of the US National Team will have the privilege this year to stay in Europe after World’s to race Pierra Menta. Due to these conflicts, we have decided to change the format of the Powder Keg race weekend.  This year we will be holding a Friday night Vertical Race and a Saturday Individual Race.  There will be no Teams Race this year.  We are committed to directing the best races, and since many racers have already committed to other races that weekend we have decided to focus on the 2 day race vs. the 3 day race we have put on the past few years.  We are excited for the Vertical Race format as we believe it will be an even more fun race than a Sprint.

The race committee is starting to put together plans for a bigger and better 2018 Teams race. We hope to be able to secure permission for a point to point Teams Race in 2018 which will cap off the weekend of the Sprint and Individual Races.  This will be a major area of effort in the coming months, but we plan to bring the teams event back next season in grand fashion!

In the meantime, please see for general details, for the race schedule and course maps, and for race registration.

We look forward to seeing everyone on 10 March.

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The Powder Keg is a test of speed, strength, and endurance for any backcountry skier. The race will have captivating views of Heber Valley, Mt Nebo, Mt Timpanogos, and the Cottonwood Canyons. The race division will cover 11 miles and have 6 climbs for a little over 6,000’ of climbing. The Recreational division will cover 6.5 miles and have 4 climbs for 3,500’ of climbing. Within each the race division there will be categories for Race and Heavy Metal. There will be a BBQ, awards ceremony, and raffle following the race at the Milly Chalet.
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