Loveland Derby Returns to the Rockies this Weekend

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Georgetown, CO April 14, 2004 - As the United States SkiAssociation (USSA) winds down the 2003-2004 ski racing season, competitors throughout the United States are preparing for the last amateur slalom event of the year. The oldest and largest alpine race in North America returns to Loveland Ski Area, April 17 & 18, 2004.

Typically fielding 400-500 competitors, The Loveland Derby attracts racers from as far away as Alaska and Florida to compete in the final points race of the season in Colorado. Varsity ski team members for the University of Colorado and the University of Denver will be setting the pace.

The 44th Annual Loveland Derby will be held at the Loveland Valley on four courses spread across three trails. Contestants must be licensed USSA members of any age. Contact the Loveland Basin Racing Club at (303) 571-5580 x 169 for more information on rules and registration.

The Loveland Derby is an all-volunteer initiative and begins Saturday,April 17th at 9:30 a.m. The festivities conclude Sunday at approximately 4:00 p.m.with an awards ceremony. The Derby has long been known as the race of the year to attend. Many athletes compete to lower their total points and obtain a better seed for next season's early races, while others have been known to show up in zany costumes celebrating the end of another long racing season.

The public and media are invited to come and watch the Derby at Loveland Valley. Loveland Basin will remain open through the ski area's tentative closing date of May 2, 2004.

Late season lift tickets cost $39 for an adults and $17 for children ages 6-14.