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

71st Edition of the Derby is on Sunday, February 28th, 2016

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 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.

Fatties and Skinnies line up to race at the 70th Stowe Derby
Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:10

Stowe, Vt. - The 70th Edition of the Stowe Derby will go down in history as one of the biggest and most celebrated Derby in years. Energy around the event had been building for months and with extra press coverage in the weeks leading to the big day, the famous race saw record registration rates for the big anniversary year. Even Mother Nature cooperated delivering comfortable temperatures in the mid 30s, balmy some might even say considering a most frigid Vermont winter this year.

A solid field of 728 racers signed up, eager to make history in the legendary race. Of those participants, were also 105 snow bikers who traveled to Stowe to compete in the first edition of the Fat Derby (8.2 mile race course) or the Fat Meister (12.51 mile skate race AND Fat Derby combined). Read the fun race recap and stories from the Stowe Reporter here

The Fat Derby gains some weight
Monday, 09 February 2015 17:30

Stowe, Vt. - Some of Stowe’s international talent, including Elle Anderson and Dylan Conte will be part of the Stowe Derby’s 70th edition. They are both coming home to race, and add some weight to the first edition of the Fat Derby.

Elle Anderson is fresh off her first season racing cyclocross in Europe. Based out of Belgium, she spent five months this fall and winter competing in a full schedule of World Cups and international races. After a bumpy season characterized by sickness, stitches to the knee, and a general adjustment to competition and life in Europe, Elle considers her season a success overall. Racing for the Belgian-based Kalas-NNOF cycling team, and one of the few American cyclocross racers competing in Europe, she garnered a handful of top-5 and top-10 results among world-class fields. A 5th place at the first round of the Cyclocross World Cup secured her a spot on the World Championship team, a race she competed in at the end of January in Tabor, Czech Republic.

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