About Stowe Derby

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

Race the 2017 Stowe Derby on your skinny skis, or your fat bike... or both!  The Race is Still on but the course has been changed to end at the Mansfield Cross Country Center due to the weather.

Race Date:  Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bib Pick Up:  Saturday, February 25 2017 at Stowe High School from 3-5pm

 

A Little bit of History of the Race:

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 to race from the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak to the town 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 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 approximately 20km, or 14km of challenging terrain, racing down Mt. Mansfield's Toll Road and along the Stowe Recreation Path before reaching the finish at the Stowe High School in Stowe. 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 and the Derby Fat Meister.

 

Join Us for the Stowe Derby Recon

Friday, February 17th, 2017

1:30 pm sharp

Look-Out Double, Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe, VT -  Pre-Ski, observe and record the Stowe Derby descent.  Come and feel what it is like to tackle those turns on skinny skis, and hopefully figure out that it is not so bad, AND the most fun you'll ever have on skis!

Ski alone or with the group.  Get the inside scoop on how to get an edge over the other racers, and locate and ascertain strategic features to dominate the thrilling downhill portion of this amazing ski race!  Available to coach and offer tips will be Trina Hosmer, a member of the first U.S. Women's Cross-Country Ski team who trains, races and winds several gold medals in her age group in World Master's XC Ski Championships.  Trina also co-chairs the New England Women's XC Ski Days and runs a weekly training program in Stowe for women teaching them how to ski more efficiently.

All participants please meet at the base of the Look Out chair at Stowe Mountain Resort (top of the stairs above the Base Lodge) at 1:30pm sharp.  Cross-Country skis are welcome but participants are asked to stay on the Auto Toll Road.  One run per participant.  Plan your own transportation back to your car if you decide to ski past the parking lot.  The Mountain Road Shuttle is free and runs on a schedule.

This free event is possible because of the generosity of Stowe Mountain Resort.  A $5 donation is suggested and will benefit the Vermont Ski Museum.