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

*** 2015 Stowe Derby is on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 ***

The Stowe Derby is one of the oldest and most unique ski 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 900 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 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.

Another Derby for the history books
Monday, 24 February 2014 09:18

by Pascale Savard


Close to 600 brave skiers registered for the 69th edition of the Stowe Derby this past Sunday, February 23. All of them had a special reason to be a part of this legendary race, each of them went home with their own story to tell.

What to expect this year at the Stowe Derby
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:55

We have been spoiled in the way of snow lately, so in case you were wondering, YES the Stowe Derby is going to town! As far as participation goes, we are anticipating another record breaking year. Snow coverage is better than ever on the cross country ski trails and on the Stowe Recreation Path, and even more snow is in the forecast for this week. Hopefully everyone has had a chance to get out there and ski a little and fells ready to set some goals, ski for fun, or try to achieve a personal best - it’s all good on Derby Day!

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