Loveland Ski Area to Host the 46th Annual Loveland Derby


April 4, 2006

Georgetown, CO – (News Release) – As the United States Ski Association (USSA) winds down the 2005-2006 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 22 & 23, 2006.

Typically fielding 500-600 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 from the University of Colorado and the University of Denver will be setting the pace.

“This is our largest race of the year, said CB Bechtel, Loveland Race Club Director. “An average race typically has around 200 competitors, we will easily have triple that number racing in the Loveland Derby.

The 46th Annual Loveland Derby will be held at the Loveland Valley on four courses spread across three trails. Contestants of all ages are welcome, but all participants must be licensed USSA members. Contact the Loveland Racing Club at (303) 571-5580 x 223 or visit www.lovelandracing.com for more information on rules and registration.

The Loveland Derby is an all-volunteer initiative and begins Saturday, April 22nd at 9:30 a.m. The festivities will conclude Sunday, April 23rd 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 in an effort 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 to celebrate the end of another long racing season.

This year, members of the Loveland Racing Club will be wearing pink as a tribute to Kala Hoss, a long-time Loveland Racing Club mother and volunteer.

Both the public and media are invited to attend the Derby at Loveland Valley.

For additional media information please contact Kathryn Johnson at (303) 571-5580 x 153 or at marketing@skiloveland.com.