Want a break from watching the Winter Olympics to witness the oldest ski race in the country live in person? Well, the 65th Stowe Derby is this Sunday.
What started as a rival race
between a Norwegian and an Austrian back in 1945 has become one of the most
revered races in skiing – a true test of ski versatility. Equipment has evolved
since Austrian Sepp Ruschp (Stowe’s first ski school director) and Norwegian
Erling Strom first tackled this endurance test (Ruschp won, by the way), but
the essence of the Derby remains. The 10-mile course descends Stowe’s alpine
ski slopes to the
If you have never seen the
The Stowe Derby now includes a more family-friendly (and supposedly “fun”) race on a short course, along 6 kilometers of
flat terrain for kids and parents. It’s sure to be an exciting weekend in
Stowe. I’ll be watching between runs on Stowe’s
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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.