The Syrovatka Speed Event

The 36th Annual George Syrovatka Speed Event is on!

The measured Speed Run, from a higher start - followed by a "skiers friendly" SG

We recomend Racers to bring SPEED skis and GS skis


The 36th Annual George Syrovatka Speed Event is scheduled for March 12, 2016 on the Haynes trail at Jay Peak Resort, VT. It's the fastest open race around where the seasoned racers reach speeds of 80- 90mph. The race is named after George Syrovatka, a former Czechoslovakian national racer who moved to northern Vermont. Over the years the race has approached near cult status as one of only a handful of high speed events open to the public.

The races are fun, and safer than you may think. Some of the most experienced Professionals in the sport are there to run the event, set up the course, and install safety equipment. This makes it possible for teenagers through aging, gray-haired seniors to enjoy the experience. This is not to say the race isn't dangerous. Skiing is a dangerous activity and this race is definitely no exception. All racers sign a waiver.

The event has two parts. The measured Speed Run, followed by a "skiers friendly" SG.

  • Trophies and medals for winners of each age category
  • Post race party with a raffle to help benefit the fight against Leukemia.
  • Registration:  8:00 AM in Stateside Day Lodge
  • Speed Runs:  9:30 AM
  • Start of Race: Directly following speed runs

The event takes place on Stateside March 12, 2016 - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

It's the thrill of a lifetime! We hope to see you there!

Syrovatka Speed Event in the News

In the 1980s movie “Back to the Future,” Michael J. Fox’s character, Marty, continually tries to coax his converted Delorean time machine to reach 88 mph, and so achieve time-warp speed.

In the movie, it was always a gamble if he’d make it to 88.

Not the case for Brendan Forbes.Forbes achieved the blistering speed of 88 mph not in a car, but on a pair of skis Saturday at the 27th annual George Syrovatka Downhill race at Jay Peak. Along with the top speed of the day (88 on the nose), Forbes — who was the last to run among nearly 50 racers, and covered the track in 40.34 seconds — took first place in the legendary race. It was the second time in three years that the St. Michael’s College student won the race. Along with the $500 cash prize for first place, Forbes can go to bed for the next year, knowing he’s one of the fastest guys on skis. Three miles per hour behind Forbes was Jay Peak local Peter Dlouhy, who finished in 40.49 seconds with a top speed of 85 mph. Aaron Henderson was third in 40.74 seconds with a top speed of 84 mph. Nine women ran the race; fastest was Nikki Goulet in 44.10 seconds, reaching 77 mph. Sarah Beck was second in 49.32 seconds and 70 mph; Marie Desnoyers was third in 54.04 and 60 mph. Nearly 20 racers hit 80 on the hill.

By Jesse Schloff | | Updated 6 months ago

Unlike most races open to the public, the Syrovatka features speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.

JAY, Vt. -- Everyone who skis must have found themselves at some time poised at the start of a race course looking down at the gates, trying to size up a strategy, and finally settling for just getting it over with. Despite the tension at the start, those are the easy races -- the NASTARs and charity runs through gates set roughly at GS intervals on a flattish hill without much crank in the turns. Top speed: 25. Maybe.

That's about where any similarity of family ski racing to the George Syrovatka downhill being run this weekend at Jay Peak comes to an abrupt end. For the race named for its founder 27 years ago is still the bigfoot of all citizen ski races as competitors hit speeds of more than 80 miles per hour.

By Tony Chamberlain, Globe Staff | March 1, 2007 Boston Globe

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Jay Peak Resort - 830 Jay Peak Road, Jay, Vermont 05859

Contact Race question Bob Broden (603) 345-8392
Contact Jay Peak Dana Kennison (802) 327-2185
Contact Lodging info (800) 451-4449 (Stateside Hotel)