So the infamous Stowe Derby
is now just over a month away and we would love to organize an Ursa Major team this year. Any takers? For the uninitiated, the Derby is the oldest ski race in North America; it was first held in 1945 as a sportsman's bet between the head of the local ski school (an Austrian) and a hardy Norwegian mountaineer. It's totally insane and it's one of those things you just have to do in your life if you like to (x-c) ski. You don't even have to be that good; you just have to be a little... crazy. (Be careful on the hairpin turns, however. And bear in mind the weather in early Feb here in VT can be brutally cold.) The race starts at the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest mountain and takes you on wild 3,300 ft. descent to Stowe village (it's a beautiful 12.5 mile course down the Toll Road then through Adams Camp woods then through Bouchard Farm, on the the scenic Stowe Rec Path, right into town). You can ski either classic or 'skate' style or, if you're feeling fit and adventurous, you can sign up for the 'Derby Meister', which means you get to do both. Anyway, just wanted to put it out there... We're working over-time during the week developing new products, raising capital, reaching out to media, contacting discerning retail partners around the country, filling web orders, etc. but it's always good to 'get the lead out' on weekends and the Derby my friends is as good as winter gets. If you're looking for an excuse to visit The Green Mountain State (admittedly, a misnomer this time of year), plan around the Derby... Actually, as an added incentive, any out-of-state Ursa Major customer making it to the Stowe for Derby weekend (whether you race or not) will get a delicious cold pint of Trapp's Vienna Lager, on us. How's that for a tempting offer? Just email us or contact us via FB if you're heading this way and we'll organize a place to meet.... Come on, what else are you going to do on a bitter cold weekend in Feb?
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