The Wasatch PowderKeg Lives!

| January 8, 2009

Snatched from the jaws of financial abandonment, I’m psyched to say the Wasatch PowderKeg Ski Mountaineering race will be back again this year by popular demand!  The race was resurrected by a group of my neighbors here in Summit Park (aka Somewhat Dark, or The Alpine Slum), including Chad Brackelsberg, G and Mark Christopherson (of Voile) and many others.  I am the dedicated Spiritual Advisor and for once, perhaps I’ll have a chance to actual partake in the race.

Catagories for almost everyone, including Women’s AT Rec w/child.

The PowderKeg is being reborn as a grassroots effort and Race Director Brackelsberg would love to have any and all help, volunteers (probably no coats this year – sorry), prize donations, and most importantly, racers show up and rock some phat pow on March 14th.  The race is similar to the past four or so years, with the start/finish at the Alta Ski Resort, a variety of equipment categories and a booting section.  Oh, and how could I forget… the moguls will be back as well.  :)

The 2008 PowderKeg start almost had to be delayed as Mt. Superior was in full bloom right at the 7:00am starting gun.

For further details and sign up info, please see

Good job Chad, Mark, G and everyone else! 

Help support and live for the up with a pair of Dynafit TLT Speed Classic Bindings from Click on the photo below…


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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. Ralph S. says:

    Two things…

    First, the link to the Dynafit bindings is not functioning.

    Second, is the Rec division pretty casual? I would be skiing with Garmonts, NX21s and fat powder skis. I know that I would suffer more, but I don’t want to be the only idiot suffering in heavy gear…

  2. Andrew says:

    Hi Ralph – thanks for pointing out the broken Dynafit link. It has been fixed. Click away, and click often. :)

    The Rec division is set up for exactly what you are talking about – people who want to use their existing gear and see what the sport is all about in a fun, casual way. You will have plenty of company.

  3. Pondsy says:

    Awesome news! Unfortunately, I’m going to be in Baghdad this time after making the last two but I’ll see about drumming up some friends to let me know how it goes.

  4. KatieCavic says:

    Hooray! Well done, Summit Park!

    Love how Mira is making a hollywood face at the camera.

  5. Todd says:

    thats awesome, thanks for letting us know

  6. brian says:

    Well, great to hear the P-Keg lives. Not so psyched that the moguls are being returned. Did anyone else say, “stupid, contrived, the Euros would strike…?” Sure, entertaining (like a circus) for everyone except the skiers. Last year’s version was better. Of course it ain’t no nordic race….it’s a ski mountaineering race. We go around stupid shit like that!!

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