EAGLECREST SKI AREA

POWDER KEG CUP

POWDER KEG CUP 2021

Eaglecrest’s after-hours uphill-downhill race series, the Powder Keg Cup, has a new virtual format. Download the Strava App and please read the information below.

Update March 28, 2021:

March was too snowy and fun to worry about going uphill fast! We’re changing the format! All three race routes will now be live through April 30th. Race them as many times as you want. Only your best score will count for each race! Remember, it’s still an after-hours race and at your own risk!

Eaglecrest’s after-hours uphill-downhill race series is back with a virtual format, using the Strava App to record GPS and times. Download Strava, make a free account and familiarize yourself with it prior to participating.

There are three race routes, which are called segments in the Strava app. Each route is live through April 30, 2021. Run the races as many times as you want. Only your best time for each race will be scored. The racers with the most points will get their names on the Powder Keg Trophy!

The race hours align with Eaglecrest’s Uphill Policy. There is no uphill access within the ski area boundary on operating days during operating hours. Please read the full policy.

Participation is at your own risk! Ski Patrol services will not be available, and Eaglecrest is considered backcountry terrain when we are not operating. Pay attention to the Mountain Report at skieaglecrest.com/conditions for potential closures due to mountain operations and avalanche mitigation work.

There are men’s and women’s divisions for ski, telemark, and split-board. Points will be awarded to all racers based on the finish times. Division champions will be determined by averaging the racers’ two best point finishes. Champions’ names go on the trophy. Bragging rights are eternal! No prizes. Racers must carry an avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe.

Race routes, which are called segments on the Strava app, are shared on this webpage. Be sure to click the blue link button to view the race segment on Strava.

  • Download Strava and create a free account if you do not already have one.
  • Before starting the race, hit the “record” button at the bottom of the app screen.
  • Select “backcountry ski” as the activity, even if you are split-boarding or tele.
  • Hit the start button.
  • When you are finished, hit stop, then finish.
  • The app will automatically record your time, so no worries if you forget to hit stop for a couple of minutes.
  • Make sure that “who can view this activity” is set to “everyone”.
  • Select “Save”.

That’s it, your time should show up on the segment. If it does not, send a link to your activity to charlie.herrington@skieaglecrest.com to document your time

There are no race fees, but please consider donating ($25 suggested) to the Eaglecrest Foundation or Coastal Alaska Avalanche Center.

The Powder Keg Cup takes place outside Eaglecrest operating hours. Eaglecrest is considered backcountry terrain when not operating. Ski Patrol services are not available. Participation is at your own risk. Know Before You Go! Pay attention to the Mountain Report for potential closures.

Routes will not go below Steep Chutes, which is uncontrolled avalanche terrain outside operating hours.

Go fast as you can SAFELY!

The first Powder Keg Cup race starts at the Hooter Chairlift base. The uphill route follows the classic “Secret Squirrel” route: up Sourdough, through the trees at the top of Hooter, along Motherlode to Williwaw, and up Easy Bowl to the Eagle’s Nest. The primary downhill route is Motherload & Sourdough, finishing back at the Hooter Chairlift base.

Make sure you are recording in the Strava app! Please read the instructions! Results TBA

VIEW RACE #1 SEGMENT ON STRAVA

The second Powder Keg route requires endurance and skillful route selection for your skin track. The route has multiple transition points and takes you to some classic Eaglecrest “blue” runs. Bring snacks and water and maybe even a headlamp! This is a longer race that shows off some different sides of the mountain.

Start at the Caretaker’s Residence and skin up Sourdough. At the top of Sourdough, cut over to Hilary’s and work your way up the narrow chute between Hilary’s and Lower Hilary’s. Beware of potential after-hours skiers coming down! Now it flattens out a little and you can swing to your right and skin up under the Ptarmigan chair along the trail area formerly known as Super G. You must go uphill of Tower 14, look for the tower numbers and some hazard fencing (#toomuchsnow) around it. Then continue uphill to the bottom of the Camel Humps.

The first transition area is at the top of the Hilary’s, Face, Wolverine area. Then descend Sundance to Cheechako. At the bottom of Cheechako, stop when you intersect with Williwaw. Here’s the second transition area, so get off to the side of the trail. Skin up the remainder of Williwaw from Cheechako. Up the throat and cat track to the Eagle’s Nest. This is the final transition area. Then descend Barrel Roll to Raven to Log Jam, finishing back again at the Caretaker’s Residence.  You’ll probably be tired, so go easy on the way down and finish in one piece! See the video below for a better idea of the first transition area, also use the Strava app’s GPS!

VIEW RACE #2 SEGMENT ON STRAVA

The third Powder Keg route starts and finishes at the Caretaker’s Residence. Skin up left boundary: Trickster, Williwaw, Easy Bowl to the Eagle’s Nest.

Transition and head down Hilary’s to the top of Lower Hilary’s. Transition again and skin up the Secret Squirrel (see Race #1), avoiding Steep Chutes, up to the top of Black Bear Chairlift.

Finally, transition for the final downhill back to the Caretaker’s Residence, following Marmot, Motherlode, and Sourdough.

VIEW RACE #3 SEGMENT ON STRAVA

PAST RESULTS

Coming Soon!

2020 Powder Keg Cup was dominated by a single player: SARS-CoV-2.

MEN’S SKI DIVISION

  1. Alex Burkhart – 50
  2. Brian Lieb – 48
  3. Ray Imel – 44

WOMEN’S SKI DIVISION

  1. Iris Neary – 50
  2. Laura Maruhashi – 49
  3. Kate Glover – 46

MEN’S SPLITBOARD DIVISION

  1. Lucas Merli – 50
  2. Croix Fylpaa – 45
  3. Curry Cunningham – 37.5

WOMEN’S SPLITBOARD DIVISION

  1. Jordan Callahan – 50
  2. Keri Williamson – 45
  3. Krista Oke – 40

MEN’S TELE DIVISION

  1. Todd Bailey – 50
  2. Sean Eisele – 47.5
  3. Hiram Henry – 45

WOMEN’S TELE DIVISION

  1. Angel Drobnica – 50
  2. Julie Bednarski – 45
2019 RACE 3 RESULTS [PDF]
2019 RACE 2 RESULTS [PDF]
2019 RACE 1 RESULTS [PDF]

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