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Races

The individual race takes place in the breathtaking terrain in Big Cottonwood Canyon, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Racers will be treated to views of the Heber Valley, Mt Nebo, Mt Timpanogos, and dozens of other named peaks in the vicinity.

Note: to participate in the USA Skimo rankings or points, you will need a USSMA/ISMF membership.

Vertical

The vertical race will take place at Solitude and will be 1500 feet for all racers and categories.

Individual

The individual race will take place in and around Brighton Resort.

Long course

The long course (U20 and older) will begin and end at the Milly Chalet at Brighton Ski Resort, and cover approximately 10 miles and 5000 vertical feet.

Racers should expect 6 climbs, including a booter, steep chute/tree skiing, and an overall good time.

Long course mapView on Caltopo

Short course

The short course (U18 and younger, recreational) will begin and end at the Milly Chalet at Brighton Ski Resort, and cover approximately 6 miles and 3000 vertical feet.

Racers should expect 5 climbs, including a short booter.

Short course map

Pint

For the little ones!

A free, fun, introductory skimo course for those 10 and under.

Contestants will need a chaperone, touring skis with skins, to complete the Brighton and Powderkeg waivers, and signup.

Sprint

The Powderkeg sprint race will take place at Solitude Ski area!

The sprint race is a short-format event consisting of a skin section, a booting section, and a clearly marked gate descent.

Course overview

As the title implies, this is a very fast race, and is based on completing the total course in approximately 3 minutes for the fastest racers. The total ascent and descent is about 100m, with athletes starting and finishing in almost the same point. The first round is an individual qualification with athletes starting one after the other every 20 seconds, after the qualifying round athletes face each other in heats of 6.

Although the ascent is usually on well packed snow, the descent is supposed to be fun and can be off-piste, with gates and with small jumps.

Sprint races typically have qualifying phases, quarter- finals, semi-finals and a final round. Races have a maximum of six athletes per heat.

Triple crown

Triple crown awarded to top female and male points winner for all 3 events.