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February 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wave Start Freestyle and Classic
The oldest downhill cross-country ski race (AND NOW FATBIKE RACE) in North America
Please note this year NENSA masters participating in the Skate Race will be scored to the Zak Cup Series.
Epic Cross-Country Ski Race from Summit of Mt. Mansfield to Village Marks 75th Anniversary
Like most great races, the Stowe Derby began as a wager. Legendary skiers Sepp Ruschp and Erling Strom placed a gentleman’s bet on who could ski fastest from the top of the mountain to the town, plotting a course from the summit of Mt. Mansfield to the historic Stowe village 2,700 vertical feet below. 75 years later, the race remains one of the most challenging, exciting, and entertaining cross-country ski races in New England, attracting professional skiers, adventurous newcomers, and families alike.
Known as much for good-spirited camaraderie and entertaining costumes as it is for its thrilling terrain, this year’s long course will follow tradition with a start at the top of Mansfield’s Toll Road and the finish 20 km later in town. Racers may also choose a 6 km short course, a 14 km fat bike race, or the 40 km derby meister. Organized by the Mount Mansfield Ski Club & Academy, registration is now open for teams and individuals ages 13-100+ at https://mmsca.org/events/stowe-derby/. Media Contact: Brooke Mitchell, 802-696-2251 or [email protected]
Today, the race attracts over 400 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 12.5 miles (20km) 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 or other finish point, depending on weather conditions! The course has a total vertical drop of almost 2,800 feet. The winners will complete the course in about 45 minutes, while recreational skiers can take a couple of hours to go the same distance.
The Fat Bike Race is back by popular demand! – and a benefit to the Stowe Mountain Bike Club this year! Riders will compete after the skiers and on the same course but start at the bottom of the Toll Road (14km). The two races offered are the Fat Derby or the Fat Derby Meister, a combination of the Freestyle race and the Fat Derby.
The Derby Short Course, presented by Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury,is designed families, for children ages 6 and up (BKL) or those who prefer to avoid the rigors of a long and sustained descent. This fun and friendly flat race is approximately 6 km. The course begins in a mass start on the Stowe Recreation Path and follows the final leg of the Long Course.
Event contact: [email protected] 802-696-2251