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11th Annual Wasatch Powder Keg

  • 11th Annual Wasatch Powder Keg
  • 11th Annual Wasatch Powder Keg
  • 11th Annual Wasatch Powder Keg
  • 11th Annual Wasatch Powder Keg

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The 11th annual Wasatch Powder Keg backcountry race will be held on March 8, 9, and 10 at Brighton Ski Resort. The Powder Keg is a test of speed, strength, and endurance for any backcountry skier. This year will feature 3 races and racers have the option of doing any individual race or all 3 races.  

Friday will be a Sprint race followed by the mandatory pre-race meeting for the Saturday and Sunday races.  

Saturday will be the traditional Powder Keg race. As always, the race offers captivating views of Heber Valley, Mt Nebo, Mt Timpanogos, and the Cottonwood Canyons. The race and heavy metal divisions will cover 11 miles and have 6 climbs for a little over 6,000’ of climbing. Any racer with a ski/binding weight of 1,450g (51oz) or less, must race the Race division. The Recreational division will cover 6.5 miles and have 4 climbs for 3,500’ of climbing. All divisions will have categories for male/female.  

Sunday will be a technical teams race (teams of 2). The course will be similar to the Powder Keg course with additional climbs and 1 or 2 technical roped sections requiring racers to user some combination of harness, crampons, ascenders, and via ferrata kit. The technical teams race will have 1 division with categories for male/female.

There will be a BBQ, awards ceremony, and raffle following the Saturday and Sunday races at the Milly Chalet. For registration or more details see

Sure, a backcountry ski race seems intimidating and all, but really it's a festive and supportive atmosphere ripe for anyone who is ready for a challenge. Plus there's always an awesome bbq complement with beer after the race.


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Luke Ratto posted 1 year ago

If you have ever wanted to kick your own butt, and have a fun doing it --- or if you just want to challenge yourself.
The start of the race is brought in by a bagpipe player... and when your done, you can gobble down a burger and beer on the great South facing deck at the bottom of Milli chair at Brighton.
Did you forget your New Years' Resolution?

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the off posted 1 year ago

So much happens (commercial and competitive) on the white slopes in West during winter, whereas the slopes of the loftiest mountain do not receive many skiers. The Himalaya has to go a long way to cash in on its skiing potential. However, there are a number of good skiing slopes near popular destinations. Passionate and professional skiers can plan skiing trips on their own to these slopes offering extra challenges due to altitude.
We wish best of luck to all the participants of the 11th annual Wasatch Powder Keg backcountry race.
the off

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