A new date for Stowe Derby: January 13, 2019!
– 20km Long Course, Freestyle & Classic
– 16km Fatbike Course
– 6km Short Course, Freestyle & Classic
The 2019 Stowe Derby will be held on Sunday, January 13th! We have will have the traditional date of February 24th as a contingency plan if January 13th does not happen. Bib pickup, après party, and awards ceremony at the Town & Country, where we’ll enjoy chili, beer and raffle prizes.
The Stowe Derby is one of the oldest and most unique ski races in North America. It started in 1945 as a personal bet between two amazing skiers: Sepp Ruschp, an Austrian, and the head of Stowe’s new ski school, and Erling Strom, a world famous mountaineer from Norway. Their challenge was simple: a race from the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak to the historic village of Stowe, on a single pair of skis. The ultimate test of a skier’s ability. Ruschp was the winner of the first Stowe Derby.
Today, the race attracts competitors, ranging from National Ski Team members and NCAA Champions to recreational skiers looking for a thrill. The Stowe Derby includes a Fatbike Race as well. While the race can be very competitive, it is also fun. The Long Course requires participants to ski approximately 20 km of challenging terrain, racing down Mt. Mansfield’s Toll Road and along the Stowe Rec Path before reaching the finish in Stowe Village. The Course has a total vertical drop of almost 2,700 feet. The winners will complete the course in about 43 minutes, while recreational skiers can take a couple of hours. The Fatbike Course is for the rugged riders that are looking for a fun way to burn some rubber this winter. The challenge begins at the base of Toll Road and continues into the village of Stowe, approximately 16km of fun! The Derby Short Course is designed for children ages 6 and up or those who prefer to avoid the rigors of a long and sustained descent. This portion of the race attracts around about 100 competitors. The 6 km course begins in a mass start near the Stowe Recreation Path Parking Lot at and follows the final leg of the Long Course.