March 10 - 11, 2017

The Wasatch Powder Keg

8302 South Brighton Loop Road

Brighton, UT Individual, Vertical

This Event Took Place Fri. Mar 10, 2017


The 15th annual Wasatch Powder Keg backcountry race will be held on March 10-11 2017 at Brighton Ski Resort. The Powder Keg is a test of speed, strength, and endurance for any backcountry skier. This year will feature 2 races and racers have the option of doing any individual race or both races.  

There will be a BBQ, awards ceremony, and raffle following the Saturday race at the Milly Chalet. For 2017, 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 Vertical race followed by the mandatory pre-race meeting for the Saturday race.

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 2017, we will once again have a Junior division that will race their own course.


Powder Keg Divisions

The Vertical race will have a Senior and Junior divisions 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: 11:26 AM


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