February 29 - March 1, 2020

The Wasatch Powder Keg

8302 South Brighton Loop Road

Brighton, UT Individual, Vertical

Registration Ended Sat. Feb 29, 2020 @ 6:00 PM


The 18th annual Wasatch Powder Keg backcountry race will be held on February 29 - March 1, 2020 at Brighton Ski Resort. The Powder Keg is a test of speed, strength, and endurance for any backcountry skier. This year will feature a Saturday Individual Race and a Sunday Vertical Race.  

There will be a BBQ, awards ceremony, and raffle following the Saturday race at the Milly Chalet. For 2020, the Powder Keg will once again be partnering with the Utah Avalanche Center to offer backcountry clinics and events. If you are interested in these events, please see https://utahavalanchecenter.org/events.

Registration closes at 6:00pm the night before each event.

For more details see www.wasatchpowderkeg.com.


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 2019, we will once again have Viking, Cadet and Junior divisions that will race their own course.

Sunday - will be a Vertical Race from Milly Chalet to the top of the Milly Express lift.

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.
  • Viking (14 and under) and Cadet (15-17) - 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, Junior, & Masters - 6 climbs, 6,500' climbing, 11 miles

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