Back on Western

This week we will be back on Western where we have a shorter multi loop course. We will do two “dog ear” loops which will equal 1 lap. The race is any many laps as you can do in the hour. Afterwards, we will be going to Alpine rose for food and awards. It s going to be a cold one so bring extra skins and layers.

Make sure you park over by Milly 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!  

Racing on the Milly Side in Powder!

This week’s race is a short loop with a short booter.  The loop will start and finish near the bottom by the Milly chalet. From the start, the course will be a skinner up into the trees of Evergreen. Once part way up the rope line, there will be a short booter. From there, we will skin to just underneath the Twin Lakes dam. The race will then descend back down to the start/finish.

There will be some tree skiing, open runs, and lots of POWDER! This course was set by our third guest course setter Sarah. You too can come up and design your own course. We also need help with check in and course setter helpers. Remember these races don’t put themselves on! We need lots of help to make them happen so sign up here.

Race time will start at 7pm sharp! Alpine Rose is open for us to have an after awards party. We have some great prizes and give aways from all our great sponsors Dynafit, Skimo.co, DPS, Gnarly Nutrition, and Voile.

Make sure you park over by Milly 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!  

If you have not got a Skimo season membership, then make a $10 donation on the website before you come up and save yourself some time. All proceeds go to pay for the races and help support Utah Skimo.

See you at the race!

Double Booter and Powder Racing!

This week’s race encompasses a big loop with a quick downhill section close to the start and two booters. The loop will start and finish at the bottom of the Great Western Express lift. From the start, the course will be a skinner up into the trees of Elk Park. Once it flattens, there is a transition to a quick downhill to the lift. From there, it’s skinning and booting in the lift line until the course peels towards the ridge with another booter tucked in the middle.  Finally, there’s a steep descent in soft snow on Rockin’ R, then a groomer to the bottom of the lift.   

This course was set by our second guest course setter Logan. You too can come up and design your own course. We also still need lots of help for the remaining races for check in and course setter helpers. Sign up to volunteer here.

The race will start at 7pm sharp! Alpine Rose is open for us to have an awards party afterward. We have some great prizes and give aways from all our great sponsors Dynafit, Skimo.co, DPS, Gnarly Nutrition, and Voile.

Make sure you park over by Milly 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!  

See you in the dark!

Call for Wasatch Powder Keg Volunteers

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. 

Events:

  • 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:

  • Powder Keg Race – Saturday at 8:00 AM
  • Vertical Race – Sunday at 7:30 AM

Course maps, schedules, and more information is available at www.wasatchpowderkeg.com.

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!

801-635-4211 – www.wasatchpowderkeg.com

Regards,
Jackie Concannon
Wasatch Powder Keg Race volunteer coordinator
801-635-4211
www.wasatchpowderkeg.com

If this sounds like your cup of tea, contact Jackie at jackie@wasatchpowderkeg.com with the following information:

  • Name:  
  • Preferred email address:  
  • Telephone number:  
  • Skiing or non-skiing position: __skiing  __non-skiing  __backcountry  __in-bounds
  • Help set course: __yes  __no 
  • __Wednesday  __Thursday  __Friday  __full day    __ morning    __afternoon  
  • Volunteer for Friday Pre-Race Meeting, 22 Feb: __yes  __no
  • Volunteer for the Saturday Powder Keg Race, 23 Feb: __yes  __no
  • Volunteer for the Sunday Vertical Race, 24 Feb: __yes  __no
  • A picture of your smiling face!

Hope to see you all at the Powder Keg!

Fund raiser to support local junior skimo racers

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!

Points Racing is Back!

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!  

12-8 Race Map

First Tuesday night skimo race of the ’18/19 season!

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!
 

Skin the Turkey is on at Brighton!

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!

Last Tuesday Night Race!

Last Race of Year! 
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.
 
See you there!
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