Stowe, Vermont - The Snow Gods have answered our prayers (and dances) and delivered some of the best snow in years. In the past 9 days, Stowe has received almost 3 feet of nice powdery fluffy snow, allowing for some of the best skiing conditions in years. All trails, as well as the Rec Path are in great shape and groomers are continuing their trail maintenance and grooming to create that firm lasting snow base we soon will enjoy skiing in the Derby.
Things are shaping up nicely for the 70th Edition of the Stowe Derby. With a deep snow base, encouraging weather forecast for the week to come and race entries coming in strong, we are feeling very good about things. We are also thrilled about our new partnerships and ecstatic about our new additions for 2015!
As most know by now, the MMSC has partnered with MTBVT to offer a new fat bike category this year. Presented by Onion River Sports, the Fat Bike races promise a most unique experience. The point to point 14km race will start at 1:30 after all skiers have completed the Toll Road descent. The snow bikes ride down the steep Powerline trail (off the Stowe Derby trail at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort), zoom through the fun narrow trails of the Nordic Ski Touring Center and eventually meet up with the Stowe Recreation Path to end in the center of town, along side skiers.
Another addition in the works for 2015 are souvenir medals. SunCommon and Dealer.com are new sponsors and leading the charge in this new project. The medals will be made in Burlington, by Aaron Stein, of Revival Studio, located on Pine Street. Aaron specializes in recycling Vermont license plates and making unique, functional art with them. He will be punching out/fabricating the actual medal from recycled Vermont license plates.
Thanks to Spruce Peak in Stowe, there will be a photo booth at the finish! We can't think of anything more special than having everyone go home with a "Polaroid style" photo in hand. Gather your friends, your family, some fellow skiers, or just go at it solo, jump in the booth, smile and ... SNAP! A fun souvenir to share for years to come. Let us know if you or someone you know may be interested in this very affordable sponsorship.
We are also excited about more greening up efforts at the Stowe Derby. Plastic water bottles at the finish will be replaced by a more environmentally friendly substitute in 2015. Our friends at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont are leading the charge and will be manning the water station, serving water from a 5 gallon jug into compostable cups.
After a fun day of racing, participants will be served a nice hot meal at Sushi Yoshi (non-racers can purchase a $10 meal ticket at bib pick up.) There will also be a fire pit, a Long Trail beer tent, and Fat Bike demos supplied by local and area shops including Louis Garneau, Onion River Sports, SKIRACK, IRide and Mansfield Cycle. We hope that you will take advantage of all these fun additions and agree that the Fat Bikes are a real blast as you ride around the mini course at the party.
We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible to help us plan a perfect event. To win even more prizes, put a team of four skiers together and enter the SKIRACK Team Challenge. If you plan to stay an extra night in Stowe, please consider staying with one of our partner hotels who also offer special rates for Stowe Derby racers.
We can't wait to see you all at early bib pick up on Saturday, February 21st between 3-5pm or at on race day! Please contact us with questions.
Photos credit Mike Hitelman Photography.