The Oldest Downhill/Cross-Country Ski Race in North America

71st Edition of the Derby is CANCELLED due to Lack of Snow

*Due to the lack of snow, we had to cancel the race in 2016. We will refund all race entries in the weekS to come, we appreciate your patience as we maneuver through this process. We thank you for understanding, and hope you will sign up for 2017 - a very special offer will be offered shortly. Check your emails!

Race the Derby on your skinny skis, or your fat bike... or both!

The Stowe Derby is one of the oldest and most unique ski and Fat Bike races in North America. It started in 1945 as a personal challenge between two amazing skiers - Austrian, Sepp Ruschp who was hired to come to America and head the new ski school at Stowe and Erling Strom, world famous mountaineer from Norway. The challenge was the same as it is today - to race from the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak to the historic village of Stowe... on ONE pair of skis! The ultimate test of a skiers ability. Ruschp was the winner of the first Stowe Derby.

Today, the race attracts over 800 competitors, ranging from Canadian Cross Country Ski Team members and NCAA Champions to recreational skiers looking for a thrill. While the race can be very competitive at all levels, it is also a fun race, having been chosen as one of the top sporting events in the state by readers of Vermont Sports Magazine.

Over the course, participants ski through 20km, or 14km of challenging terrain, racing down Mt. Mansfield's Toll Road and along the entire length of the Stowe Recreation Path before reaching the finish in the village. The course has a total vertical drop of over 2,600 feet. The winners will complete the course in under 45 minutes, while recreational skiers can take a couple of hours to go the same distance.

Get familiar with the newest additions; the 14km Derby Fat Bike race, presented by Louis Garneau, and the Derby Fat Meister, presented by SkiRack.

Move your Entry to 2017, or Get a Refund
Friday, 25 March 2016 10:51

In case you missed the email, here is what was sent out this morning, March 25th, 2016:

Dear Stowe Derby Racer,

We think we finally have our ducks in a row to proceed with the event’s cancellation and what that now entails. Please read the following instructions which should help you maneuver through the next step(s).

The Stowe Derby in 2017 will be on Sunday, February 26th. All the same races will be offered. We truly hope you will be joining us for that 72nd anniversary. Surely we will get lucky next year and get tons of snow and have the best Derby yet.

We encourage you to move this year’s race entry to next year. You will save money (the fee will increase next year), this will help the club, and you will be all set for next winter in one simple step.

Stowe Derby Cancelled for Lack of Snow
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 06:40

by Pascale Savard, Event Organizer

The Stowe Derby isn’t making history this year because of its huge success, large participation, its new Ben & Jerry’s Short Course for Kids, or its unique point-to-point 14 km fat bike race; 2016 will be remembered as the year when the Stowe Derby was cancelled due to lack of snow.

The event was originally scheduled for February 28 but when icy conditions and a bony Toll Road were judged unsafe to tackle on skinny skis or fat tire bikes, organizers opted to grant the legendary cross country ski and bike race a second chance by rescheduling the event to a later date, Sunday, March 20th.

Sadly, not much has changed with the weather in the past three weeks; the snow never came, and a warm spell set in, melting every speck of snow... and hope to hold the event, even if only on nordic ski trails at Stowe Mountain Resort.

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