The oldest downhill cross-country ski race (AND NOW FATBIKE RACE) in North America

The Stowe Derby is one of the oldest and most unique ski races in North America and is celebrating a 73rd anniversary in 2018. 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 to race from the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak to the historic village of Stowe... The ultimate test of a skiers ability. Ruschp was the winner of the first Stowe Derby.

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 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.