This Event Took Place Fri. Mar 4, 2016


The 14th annual Wasatch Powder Keg backcountry race will be held on March 4, 5, and 6 (2016) 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.  

There will be a BBQ, awards ceremony, and raffle following the Saturday and Sunday races at the Milly Chalet. For 2016, the Powder Keg will also be partnering with the Utah Avalanche Center to offer backcountry clinics and events. If you are interested in these events, please see

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Friday will be a Sprint race followed by the mandatory pre-race meeting for the Saturday and Sunday races.  You cannot race the sprint race without pre-registration due to racer seating.

Saturday will be the traditional Powder Keg race. As always, the race will have captivating views of Heber Valley, Mt Nebo, Mt Timpanogos, and the Cottonwood Canyons. Any racer with a ski/binding weight of 1,450g (51oz) or less, must race the Race division. In 2015, we will also have a Junior division that will race the Recreation course.

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 listed price for the Teams race is per person. 

Powder Keg Divisions

The Sprint and Technical Teams races will have a single division with categories for male/female.  

The Saturday Powder Keg race will have categories for male/female as well as the 3 divisions in each category.  Please note the new minimum weight regulation for the Heavy Metal Division.
  • Junior- 3 climbs, 2,400' climbing, 5 miles
  • Recreation- 4 climbs, 3,500' climbing, 6 miles
  • Heavy Metal - 6 climbs, 6,500' climbing, 11 miles .

    Any racer with a combined ski/binding weight of 1,450g (51oz) or less, must register for the Elite division.
  • Elite - 6 climbs, 6,500' climbing, 11 miles

  • Local time: 1:28 PM


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    Chad Brackelsberg
    Race Director