Thanks for a Successful 2014 Wasatch Powder Keg

Thanks to all of the racers and volunteers that made the 2014 North American Championships and Vertfest races a huge success.

We had a great Sprint event Friday night that.  It featured an approximate 300 foot course that had a few seconds of flatter skating, a few switchbacks, a booter, skinning again a downhill slalom course and a short uphill skating finish.  We had 54 racers compete to be the North American Sprint Champion.  The results can be found here

Women's Sprint Podium

Women’s Sprint Podium

We had a beautiful day for the individual race on Saturday.  It started out cool and breezy but soon turned warm.  The course was 5 climbs, 6200 feet, and 9.9 miles for the Elite and Heavy Metal divisions.  The Recreation course was 3 climbs, 3700 feet, and 6.7 miles.  We had 89 racers in Elite division, 31 in the Heavy Metal division, and 64 and Recreation divisions.  Gemma and Tom got to the top of the hill and won the king of the hill prize in record time.

Elite results

Heavy Metal results

Recreational results

Men's Elite Podium

Men’s Elite Podium

Women's Elite Podium

Women’s Elite Podium

Sunday morning started out early with the time change so everybody had to get up extra early and it very cold and icy conditions.  We had 34 teams start the course.  The course was 6 climbs with 8600 feet and 15 miles.   It was a tight race with both men’s and women’s teams battling it out to close to the finish.   See results here

It was a fantastic weekend with an amazing 41 racers completing all events. It was a close battle for the overall winers with very little time separating the top finishers after 3 days of racing.  The overall winners for the weekend can be found here.

Women's Triple Crown Podium

Women’s Triple Crown Podium

Men's Triple Crown Podium

Men’s Triple Crown Podium



We had great weather, courses, racers, and volunteers.  We look forward to the 2015 Wasatch Powder Keg races.

We couldn’t do the race without our great volunteers and sponsors.  We had over 10 volunteers on Friday, 41 on Saturday, and 34 on Sunday.  We had many people volunteer more than 2 days and we thank everybody for their dedication.  Our sponsors also continue to make this event possible with their generous donations. Please thank all of our sponsors when you have an opportunity.

We are also interested in your feedback on what went well and what can be improved.

If you have any photos feel free to send them to me or upload them onto the Facebook page, (and thank you to all that have already posted comments and pictures to our FB page).

Please see the Wasatch Powder Keg website for results and pictures.

About brackec

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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2 Responses to Thanks for a Successful 2014 Wasatch Powder Keg

  1. RandoRichard says:

    What happened to our friends from Europe? I did not see any results in the elite competition from either France or Italy.

    • brackec says:

      Richard, The Italians (no French) were all at the race on official ISMF business to make some great videos for ISMF to bring greater awareness of skimo racing in the US to Europe and to be able to make a recommendation as to whether the PKeg should be a World Cup race in future years. Check out the ISMF Facebook page and YouTube page for their photos and video (when released).

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