Race #2 Details

We are racing! Tuesday night is the first of the night races and we are doing a vert. That means we are racing up only, Course will start at the bottom of Great Western wind its way up past the Snake Creek lift and up to snake creek pass. Make sure you bring a helmet and a headlamp. Race to start at 7pm so give yourself a little extra time to get up and get warmed up before the start.
 
Brighton is closed for night skiing this week so we will do a quick awards right after the race in the parking lot. Bring a puffy!
 
If you still have not signed both your waivers please do it on utahskimo.org. You need to sign brightons and utah skimo’s waiver.
 
Remember to park at milli chalet and walk across the parking lot. Do not park in the corner by the GW lift.
 
One last reminder that the red light on brighton lodge means absolutely no uphill travel allowed. Please pass this along to other fellow skiers so we do not lose our uphill privileges. You can check the website to down towards the bottom of the page here: http://www.brightonresort.com/mountain/snow-report/BrightonMap

Skin the Turkey is on!

Skin the turkey race is on! We will be racing starting at the bottom of the snake creek lift  at Brighton. This lift is not by the parking lot so make sure you get there early since it will take 15-20 min to get to the start line. Race starts at 7am sharp so we can be off the mountain before the lifts starts spinning. The course is up some ungroomed runs and down a packed/groomed run. I skied it this morning and it is pretty filled in. You should park at the church over by the bottom of the Millicent lift. Then walk across the lot to Great western lift. Do not park with everyone else in the middle of the lot. That is for Brighton lift customers only. Helmets are required!
 
PLEASE PLEASE sign both waivers, Brighton and Utah skimo, on the utahskimo.org website before you come up. You will not be allowed to race without waivers signed first. If you leave this until registration at the bottom of brighton you will more than likely miss the start.
 
Registration tent will be set up near the bottom of the Great western lift. Stop in there to say hi to our great volunteers and let them know you are there and racing. 
 
After we will go to Alpine rose for some food and awards.
Approximate course maps:
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End of Season Recap

Wow. What a season. The Utah SkiMo season ended two weeks ago with the final race of the Ski the Beav series up in Logan. We had races canceled for lack of snow (Skin the Turkey Race) and too much snow (Logan race due to unsafe driving conditions). We raced in all conditions- powder, sun, cold, wind and lightning- and no matter the conditions you came and crushed! And for that we thank you (and, quite frankly are proud and impressed!).

Across the pond the United States competed in the bi-annual ISMF World Championships and the team finished in 6th place- the highest for the US Team! Tom Goth was the lone Wasatch athlete. The next world’s is only 2 years away-time to start training!

For those still motivated and not lured away from skiing by flip flops, biking and climbing, the US race season has two more events on the calendar- Cody’s Challenge at Steamboat on April 1st and the Father Dwyer Postal Route in Leadville on April 8th

   

We couldn’t do it without you or our sponsors– Voile, Skimo.co, The Sport Loft, Gnarly Nutrition, Dynafit, Julbo, Clif Bar La Sportiva and Black Diamond. So thank you and remember to thank our sponsors for their support by supporting them!

Youth Program Update
At this years Wasatch PowderKeg, participants noticed an obvious drop in the average racer age. This noticeable youthful energy was a result dedicated youth racers, parents, coaches and Utah Skimo. 
 
Early in the waning months of fall, Sarah Cookler, Nina Silitch, Pete Stoughton and Chad Brackelsberg and a dream of forming a Utah Youth Skimo League. With some behind the scenes planning, and determined coaches, two teams formed. Silver fork Skimo, under the direction of Sarah Cookler, and Park City Skimo, coached by Nina Silitch, formed. The youth trained at the respective locations and occasionally gathered atTuesday Night Races at Brighton. 
 
Through the guidance of the Youth League Director, Pete Stoughton, the race series consisted of three races. In order for students to be eligible for the state championship they must have raced in the Crowbar, PowderKeg Vert and PowderKeg race. 
 
In total, the first year was a success. We had 15 student participants ranging in age from 9-16. Not only was the year a blast, but is a great building block to developing Utah Skimo. 
 
We are excited to see the sport grow and hope to see many of these young men and women represent the US in 2022.
 
Pete

 

Utah Skimo Youth League Race Results

At this years Wasatch PowderKeg, participants noticed an obvious drop in the average racer age. This noticeable youthful energy was a result dedicated youth racers, parents, coaches and Utah Skimo. 
 
Early in the waning months of fall, Sarah Cookler, Nina Silitch, Pete Stoughton and Chad Brackelsberg and a dream of forming a Utah Youth Skimo League. With some behind the scenes planning, and determined coaches, two teams formed. Silver fork Skimo, under the direction of Sarah Cookler, and Park City Skimo, coached by Nina Silitch, formed. The youth trained at the respective locations and occasionally gathered at Tuesday Night Races at Brighton. 
 
Through the guidance of the Youth League Director, Pete Stoughton, the race series consisted of three races. In order for students to be eligible for the state championship they must have raced in the Crowbar, PowderKeg Vert and PowderKeg race. 
 
In total, the first year was a success. We had 15 student participants ranging in age from 9-16. Not only was the year a blast, but is a great building block to developing Utah Skimo. 
 
We are excited to see the sport grow and hope to see many of these young men and women represent the US in 2022.

Logan Race # 3

Logan Race # 3, 2/24, Beaver Mountain
As always, these will be fun, low-key, social events with a little competition thrown in.  Helmets and headlamps are required.  Open to all ages and abilities!  We’ll even have some sweet prizes given out by random drawing (Altra gift card, Powderkeg Entry!).
 
All races are FREE for Utah Skimo members ($10 for non-members).  Annual membership includes free entry to all Utah Skimo races, including the Tuesday night Brighton series, and a slew of other perks (like access to demo race gear).

Interested?
 
1) Sign up as a Utah Skimo member
2) Complete the online waiver (adult or youth)
3) ‘Like’ their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter to get updates
 
These races are organized entirely by volunteers.  If you’re not sure about racing but would like to help out, let them know!

No dogs please.

Questions? Contact Daviddavid.zeke.rosenberg@gmail.com

February 21st (the last race of the season)

Come join us for the last race of the season this coming tuesday. This weeks course will be starting at the base of Great Western lift at 7pm. The course is a 3 loop points based course that will see everyone having to do all 3 loops in any order you want and then getting as many points after that you can in an hour. The top short loop (175′) is worth 1 point, the middle longest loop (600′) is worth 4 points and the bottom middle loop (300′) is worth 2 points. Make sure you stick around at Alpine Rose afterwards because we got a lot of cool stuff to raffle off including some Dynafit skis!
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Please remember to park my Milli chalet and walk over to Great Western for the start. As a reminder if you have not signed BOTH waivers go onto utahskimo.org and sign both waivers. You can also make donations there as well for the races instead of bringing cash with you to the race.The Dynafit skis will be raffled off only to someone who has signed up as member and paid for the full season this year. If you have been given a key tag bring it up and make your check in faster. 
 
Will see you at Brighton!

Next Tuesday’s race

Here is the the raffle swag for next Tuesday night’s race. We have got great stuff from our even greater sponsors: Dynafit, Voile, Gnarly Nutrition, Skimo.co, Black Diamond, Julbo, Cliff Bars. Grand prize for the year is a pair of DYNAFIT CHUGACH SKIS. The only way you can win these bad boys is to be at the Alpine Rose after the race, have a raffle ticket and be a year member of Utah Skimo (we will be checking). So if you have raced this season and would like to see these races continue in the future, sign up for a year membership now! If you have already signed up this year, you are on your way there to winning these skis!
More details to come on course and location. 
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Wasatch PowderKeg Volunteers needed

The 15th Annual Wasatch Powder Keg is coming up!

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 March 10th and 11th!  This year’s race will host a new Friday night Vertical Race followed by the pre-race meeting. Saturday will be the traditional Powder Keg Individual Race. 

Events

  • The Wasatch Powder Keg Ski Mountaineering races on Friday and Saturday
  • 2 days of free gear demos on Saturday and Sunday
  • Saturday and Sunday Half- and full-day clinics on topics such as steep skiing, split-boarding, efficient backcountry travel techniques, mountaineering skills for backcountry riders, ski photography, and avalanche travel and rescue skills.
  • A Saturday afternoon party featuring a live band, 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 gets a Powder Keg shirt, BBQ lunch, an Epic beer, and your name will be in the raffle prizes. 

As a volunteer, your commitment includes:

  • If volunteering Friday 10 March – available from 3 PM to 7:00 PM
  • If volunteering Saturday 11 March – available from ~5:30 AM to ~ 12:00 PM
  • Help set the course Wednesday (8th), Thursday (9th) and Friday (10th)

 Powder Keg Race starting times – all from the Milly Base:

  • The Vertical Race – Friday at 4:00 PM
  • The Powder Keg – Saturday at 7:30 AM

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

Information needed to volunteer:

Name:  
Preferred email address:  
Telephone number:  
T-shirt size:  __WS  __WM  __WL  __WXL 
__MS  __MM  __ML  __MXL
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 Race, 10 Mar: __yes  __no
Volunteer for the Saturday Powder Keg race, 11 Mar: __yes  __no

To sign up as a volunteer, please reply to this email with the following information.  We will do our best to match your assignment with your preference. If you’re a returning volunteer and want your same position, let me know.  Please note that many of this year’s skiing positions will require touring to reach the checkpoint or return to Brighton’s base and require the shuttle of course markings (flags, bamboo, etc).

Wasatch Ski Mountaineering Race, February 7

Final clinic of the season this Tuesday, 2/7 at 6 pm before the 7 pm race -and from the look of course it looks like it would benefit us all to go! Clinic will meet at 6 pm at the base of Milly and cover kick turns and skinning technique and hopefully we’ll get is some transition practice as well!
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Kick turns, Kick turns and more Kick turns! Lots of kick turns and a booter is in store for this week’s ALL OFF PISTE tuesday night race. We have a great course lined up with a small climb and descent leading to a longer climb with a booter thrown in as well. All this will make an 800′ lap, race will do 3 laps rec does 2. The second descent will not cross the up track as it will be just to the right. The weatherman says it’s supposed to start storming again this week so it should be a powder filled race. Have we had any non powder races his year? Woohoo!!
 
This week we will be back at millicent base area and as always, starting at 7pm SHARP. Please remember to sign BOTH waivers online beforehand if you have not already. If you have been given a key tag for the season bring that along and go through check in faster. If you have not received one we will get you one at check in. If you are paying per race please pay online before you come or even better buy a membership and help support the series and Utah Skimo. Please join us at Alpine Rose after the race for food, beer, and prizes. And as a special deal bring a newbie racer this week and get an extra raffle tag!RaceCourse