Race Update – 3 days to go

Race week is always a hectic time for the Powder Keg Race Committee.  We have much of the course setting materials staged around Brighton and will start setting course early Wednesday morning.

The weather looks perfect for the race.  We will have 5-10″ of snow Wednesday night through Friday.  The storms are scheduled to end early enough so we will be able to set fresh ascent tracks on Friday afternoon.  It should stay cool enough Friday to not create a crust on the southern exposures.  For those who are interested, I have included detailed weather links at the end of the post.

Pre-registration will close at 8PM on Thursday, March 6.  You will not be able to register for the Sprint Race or Triple Crown after this time.  You will be able to register for the Saturday Individual and Sunday Technical Teams Races at racer check-in on Friday night at Brighton.  Registration will increase to $75/race at this time.

Please remember that the Friday meeting is mandatory.  There is also a skills check for the Technical Teams Race prior to the pre-race meeting.  If you are doing the Technical Teams Race, you must complete the race check-in and skills check before 6:30.  You must bring your harness, ascender and via ferrata to the skills check.  If you are unsure on how to use it, check out this great video by Jon Brown.  We are expecting The Sport Loft to be onsite on Friday night selling harnesses, via ferrata kits, and Ascenders.  If you need one or are interested in purchasing on, I recommend contacting them ahead of time at (801) 272-3701.  Please make sure you are familiar with the race schedule, courses, required gear, and rules.  Since we are an ISMF race this year, we will be enforcing these rules and time penalties will apply.

There is going to be a lot of activity at the race this year. Our partnership with Vertfest is bringing lots of gear demos from our sponsors.  If you haven’t finished building your race setup you will be able to checkout gear from Voile, Scarpa, CAMP, OR, Osprey, Mammut, La Sportiva and many more.

If you aren’t racing the sprint on Friday night, we encourage you to come up and watch the North American Sprint Champion get crowned.  If you have never seen a sprint race, they are amazing to watch.  The climb is ~300′ with a few switchback and a booter followed by a GS gate descent.  The leaders will complete this in around 3 minutes!

See you all Friday.

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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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