70th Annual Stowe Derby is on for Sunday, February 22, 2015

THE OLDEST DOWNHILL/CROSS-COUNTRY SKI RACE IN NORTH AMERICA

THE OLDEST DOWNHILL/CROSS-COUNTRY SKI RACE IN NORTH AMERICA

New Fatbiking Competitor Class in 2015!
Make history by competing in the first ever Stowe Derby Fatbike race

The Stowe Derby is one of the oldest and most unique ski races in North America. 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 the same as it is today - to race from the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak to the historic village of Stowe... on ONE pair of skis! The ultimate test of a skiers ability. Ruschp was the winner of the first Stowe Derby.

Today, the race attracts over 900 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 20km of challenging terrain, racing down Mt. Mansfield's Toll Road and along the entire length of the Stowe Recreation Path before reaching the finish in the village. The course has a total vertical drop of over 2,600 feet. The winners will complete the course in under 45 minutes, while recreational skiers can take a couple of hours to go the same distance.

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Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort Benefits Disable Sports USA Warfighter Sports Program

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort Benefits Disable Sports USA Warfighter Sports Program

The Chartis 2012 Winter Summit, benefiting Disabled Sports USA’s (DS/USA) Warfighter Sports Program is underway at Stowe Mountain Resort, having started on Tuesday, and ending tomorrow Yesterday, some of my fellow patrollers and I rotated through short shifts at the top of the race course, keeping a patrol and EMT presence on the hill, from start to finish.

Here are 3 photos I shot with my iPhone shortly before the race began.

While on the slopes, event attendees were able to participate in practice runs with celebrity ski host and Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe. ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff is serving as the event’s keynote speaker.

In its 24th year, the Winter Summit is a business-building event attended by a number of participants across the insurance industry. The event combines Chartis-led panel sessions with ski and snowboarding races, forming a fundraising platform on behalf of DS/USA whose Warfighter Sports Program offers sports rehabilitation for those wounded in combat.  Mr. Woodruff’s remarks on the closing evening of the Winter Summit will address efforts to assist injured service members, veterans and their families -- including those involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars – along with related issues. Read the complete press release here.

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort Benefits Disable Sports USA Warfighter Sports Program

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort Benefits Disable Sports USA Warfighter Sports Program

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort Benefits Disable Sports USA Warfighter Sports Program

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort Benefits Disable Sports USA Warfighter Sports Program

Stowe's 54th Annual Antique & Classic Car Meet

A favorite annual Stowe event of mine was held this past weekend, August 12-14. It's a 3-day happening of antique & classic cars on display and on parade in and around Stowe and Lamoille County. Saturday evening is always the best part: Main Street in Stowe is closed between the blinking red light at the intersection of Rt. 100/Mountain Road and School Street, for a night of street dancing, people watching, and car envy. Strollers oooh!-and-aaah! and exclaim over the antiques, which are all parked diagonally on both sides of the street. And, where's the music? Right on the Town Hall steps. Here are 3 of my photos that tell the Stowe story on this night. Stars & Stripes & Stripes in front of Stowe, Vermont's Town Hall

Staffords on Main Street, Stowe, VT - August 13, 2011

The Village Green, Stowe, Vermont

Corvette

Packard

Chrysler Town & Country

Plymouth

Pontiac

T-Bird

Bel Air Convertible

Bel Air Convertible

Pontiac Illuminated Hood Ornament

Produce Truck

Sharing Tastes at I.C. Scoops

I.C. Scoops is Hopping Tonight

GREEN MOUNTAIN SHOWDOWN Bike Culture Photo Comp

I just received this press release from my friend and neighbor, Ryan Thibault. He's a graphic artist, builder of websites, writer, and photographer. If you're into Mountain Biking in Vermont and photography, this announcement is definitely for you!

Green Mountain Showdown

MTBVT Launches Green Mountain Showdown, Vermont’s First-Ever Mountain Bike Photo Competition

May 19th, 2011 – Mountain Bike Vermont (MTBVT) has officially launched Green Mountain Showdown, the first photo competition in the state dedicated to all facets of mountain biking, from singletrack to downhill to jumping.

Brought to you by the Trapp Family Lodge, Vermont Mountain Bike Association and MTBVT.com, the Green Mountain Showdown is an opportunity for Northeastern photographers to showcase their talents.

Five lucky photographers will be selected by our judging panel and will have until August 27, 2011, to collect a portfolio of work based on the theme “Bike Culture in the Green Mountains.” Those interested in being selected for the competition must have nominations sent to info@mtbvt.com before May 30th.

“Our goal is to elevate Vermont’s status as the heart of mountain biking in the Eastern United States,” says contest organizer Ryan Thibault. “The Green Mountain Showdown is a chance to showcase the state’s affinity towards recreation and it gives our local talent the opportunity to celebrate their skill. It’s going to make for a fantastic show!”

The final day of the competition will be August 27, 2011, and will involve a group ride during the day and a party at the Trapp Family Lodge that night. The competing photographers will have their images edited into a slideshow format to be presented to the judges who will score them according to artistic quality and technical skill. Prize purse includes over $1,500 cash for 1st place as well as tons of bike and camera gear. Awards will also be presented for 2nd place and “best shot” category of the competition.

The evening gala will begin at 7pm near the Outdoor Center at Trapps and riders of all ages are encouraged to gather for an evening of great pictures, a BBQ, fine ales and live music. Tickets are $18.00 pre-sale, $20.00 at the door, and they include entry to the evening gala and a day ticket to the Trapp’s trail network. Proceeds will support VMBA and the expansion of the Adams Camp trail project.

For more information about Green Mountain Showdown – The MTBVT photo contest, contact Ryan Thibault at ryan@mtbvt.com or log on to www.mtbvt.com.

British Invasion - The Main (Street) Event

This evening, the middle of this annual 3-day British car show, Stowe's Main Street was closed to traffic, and transformed into a block party, featuring the Beatles tribute band, BritishMania. British cars, parked diagonally, lined both sides of Main Street for 3 blocks. It was a chilly Fall evening -- and it was fun! Here's a selection of my iPhone Photos:

Main Street, Stowe, VT: We got a block party goin' on!

Main Street, Stowe, VT: At 6:30, show cars were still arriving

BritishMania performed in front of  Stowe, VT's Town Hall

Main Street, Stowe, VT: Listening to BeatleMania

Rockin' out to old Beatles tunes on Stowe VT's Main Street

Main Street, Stowe, Vermont

Farmers Market Celebrates Independence Day Festivities in Stowe

Vermont is the Northeast's most acclaimed location for farm fresh foods and regional craftsmanship. To celebrate this distinction and bring many of the best local artisans together, Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort will host a series of Friday Farmers Markets beginning July 3. This first event will be part of a gala day filled with activities, live music, food, and fireworks to celebrate the Independence Day Weekend at Vermont's premier resort. The Farmers Market will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Spruce Peak Plaza. In addition to more than 30 purveyors, activities will include: U-Paint-It Pottery all day, Cooking & Garden Care demos from 1 to 2 p.m., fly casting instruction at 3 p.m., Hillbilly Horseshoes, and fireworks to music at 8 p.m.. The Resort's summer attractions will remain open until 7 p.m.. They include the alpine slide, bungee trampolines, a climbing wall, and the Gondola ride up to the Cliff House.

On-mountain restaurants, including the Cliff House, Golf Cottage, Schuss gourmet takeout shop, Solstice Restaurant and Hourglass Bar will serve native cuisine lunches and dinners.

The markets are scheduled on July 3 and 24, August 7 and 21, and September 4 and 25. Artisans include; Green Seed Herbals, Farmer Sue, South Mountain Crepes, Rory Jackson Art, William Boote & Corrine Chatelan Wood Fired Artisan Breads, Vermont Birchbark Arts, The Nutty Vermonter, Storm and Sunrise Jewelry, Sage Farm Goat Dairy, Shelmandine Design Sauces, Clear Light Art, Tony's Old Style Maple Syrup, Lana Parkhurst Pies, Gizmos Pickled Plus, Deborah Aschenbach Baked Goods, Peter Kitonis Furniture, Boyden Valley Winery and others.

VERMONT CELEBRATES CHAMPLAIN — The Lake, The Land, The People

2009 marks the 400th anniversary of French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain's travels by sail, oar and paddle to the lake that now bears his name. All year long, special opportunities are planned for young and old alike to celebrate and commemorate the anniversary of this historic occasion, the spectacular natural resources of the region, and the many peoples who have worked, battled and made their homes in the Lake Champlain Valley. Celebration Events: This is the place to find out what's going on, where and when. And, if you're a Vermonter, here's how you can get one of these special license plates:

55th Annual Sunrise Service & Festivities at Stowe Mountain Resort

Sunday, April 12th

Easter Sunrise Service – Mountain Gondola The Mountain Gondola will be open to the public between 4:50 a.m. and 5:50 a.m. with complimentary lift tickets and a Sunrise Service Program for all attendees. Please plan ahead and arrive early for this event. The Gondola Barn doors will close promptly at 5:50 a.m.

Easter Sunrise Brunch Buffet – 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Start your day off with some spring skiing, then stop at the Cliff House Restaurant and enjoy a gourmet buffet!

Easter Egg Hunt at Spruce Peak – Spruce Plaza 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. A great family event, with Easter eggs hidden all around Spruce Plaza.

Carboard Sled Races At Spruce

This evening, after the resort closed for the day, the trails were all swept, and everyone clocked out and changed into their 'civilian' clothes, the resort's employees gathered at Spruce Camp, the new base lodge at the bottom of Slalom Hill and West Slope for the annual employee Cardboard Sled Races. The competition goes back years, pitting resort departments against each other, each building sleds with only 3 materials: cardboard, plastic bags, and duct tape. The races began at 5:30 p.m. and were followed by dinner in Spruce Camp and an awards ceremony for the 3 fastest and most creative sleds. This was the first at Spruce, after years at Midway base; and, it seemed there was universal agreement that this year's Race and venue were the best ever!

UVM Box Social - Snowboard Event

At Stowe Mountain ResortStart Time: Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 9:00 am End Time: Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm Location: Lower North Slope Terrain Park

Teams of 3 Riders • Costumes Mandatory • $35 Lift Ticket with Registration • Registration will be in the Mansfield Base Lodge from 9 - 10am • Jam starts at 11 am - 3 pm • Awards at 3:30 pm Mansfield Base Lodge • Cash & Product Prizes!

For more information: call 802 253-3000 or write to info@stowe.com

Presidents Week ends with the 64th Annual Stowe Derby

Tomorrow, one of the highlights of the winter calendar is the annual ritual known as the Stowe Derby. At precisely 10 a.m. competitors will be launched down the Toll Road in waves of five skiers every thirty seconds. No big deal right? Heck Toll Road is easy. Oh yeah just one other detail -- the skiers will be on skinny little cross country skis and the next 10-15 minutes of their lives will be rather challenging. The race begins as a dash down the Toll Road and then once competitors reach the Mansfield Touring Center they begin an additional 13-kilometer journey all the way into the Village of Stowe. The race began in 1945 as a challenge race between two legendary figures in Stowe history -- Sepp Ruschpp the founder of the Stowe Ski School and first president of the resort and Erwin Strom a world famous mountaineer who had a farm in Stowe. Ruschpp, a former national Austrian X-C Champion triumphed easily on his dash to town and a tradition was born.

Now some 60 years later the thrill of the event remains a draw for some of the nation's best X-C skiers. Virtually everyone who lives in Stowe has done the race at least once. A new wrinkle that has been added in recent Derbies is the creation of the Derbymeister category. Derbymeisters do the race to town on skating gear and then return to the top of the Toll Road and do a second race this time on classical skis.

National Ice Carving Competition at Stowe Mountain Resort

Some of the country's best amateur and professional Ice Carvers will compete by creating frozen masterpieces in Stowe this Saturday, January 24. The nationally sanctioned NICA event comes at the conclusion of Stowe's week-long Winter Carnival, an annual celebration around the ski area since 1922. The Ice Carving Competition will take place between 11:00am and 3:00pm in the Spruce Peak Plaza, with an awards ceremony and après ski party from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Great Room inside the new Spruce Camp at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort. The theme of this year's event is 'The Wilderness' and all magnificent ice sculptures will remain on display around Stowe for the duration of winter, or until they melt.

About NICA Formed in 1987 as a Not-for-Profit Organization, the purpose of the National Ice Carving Association (NICA) is to promote the art of ice sculpture through education, competitions, standardized judging and exhibitions. NICA sanctions ice carving exhibitions and competitions throughout the United States.