2010 Wasatch Powder Keg

I know a lot of people are getting bummed out about the snowpack this winter, or lack there of it, but the bright side is that if you enter the 8th Annual Wasatch Powder Keg, you won’t have to ski waist deep power on 70mm waisted skis, which can be a bit cold on the…well…you know. Seriously though, rando racing is a great way to get out and stay in shape when things aren’t that exciting in the backcountry, and knowing that you aren’t gonna miss an epic powder day, or miss that perfect day to ski XYZ couloir, why not head down to Brighton this weekend an join in the fun!!!


On March 13 Brighton Ski Resort will host the 8th Annual Wasatch Powder Keg backcountry ski race. 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 9 miles and have 5 climbs for a little over 5,000′ of climbing. The Recreational division will cover 6.5 miles and have 4 climbs for 3,500′ of climbing. Within each division there will be categories for male/female and AT/Tele. For 2010, we will also offer a split board category in the Recreation Division. There will be a BBQ, awards ceremony, and raffle following the race at the Milly Chalet. For registration or more details see www.wasatchpowderkeg.com.

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6 Responses to “2010 Wasatch Powder Keg”

  1. 1 Le Pistoir Mar 10th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Not moping about the snowpack in the Sierra! Current snowfall is about 25% above normal and projected to finish strong (up to 150% of normal in some projections!), but one thing we don’t have -despite a strong backcountry community, generally stable snowpack and more than 15 ski resorts in close proximity- is a skimo race. Will Pete Swenson play race fairy and help us get a series going in the Tahoe Basin?

  2. 2 randosteve Mar 10th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    le pistoir…i’m hoping to make a pilgrimage to the sierra this spring to visit friends i met on the antarctica trip….and ski of course. glad to hear things are up.

  3. 3 wasatchsurf Mar 13th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    did the powderkeg for first time in the splitboard division. the course was fast and fun and the vibe was good. i have a much bigger respect for skimo and rando racing as even the rec division course put a hurtin on me and i thought i was in fairly good shape.

  4. 4 randosteve Mar 14th, 2010 at 5:58 am

    thanks for that wasatch. fwiw…it’s probably a good time of year to pick up a rando setup at a good deal…if you’re thinking of making the switch.

  5. 5 Itchy Mar 15th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Hey son. Some beatiful images on your blog. If you are sking this weekend, gooood luck,but I think you once said you were geting too old for this. MR has Strep throat, so we are keepingour fingers crossed.
    HAVEN’T SPENT ANY TIME AT THE BEACH, too cool/and/or windy.Have been biking. Out to dinner tonight with some Villagers. Hope to get some golf in before fot surg….DAD

  6. 6 randosteve Mar 15th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks Pop! Look forward to your visit in September.

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