The McDonald’s Cardboard Derby at Purgatory Resort

Hal Lott - March 8, 2023

You just need cardboard, duct tape, and imagination.

The McDonald’s Cardboard Derby at Purgatory Resort is a classic winter competition you won’t want to miss! Build your derby racer out of cardboard and duct tape only, and pilot it down the slopes during one of the most fun days on the mountain!

Watch as teams compete in vessels made entirely out of cardboard and duct tape. Or, sign up yourself and participate in the fun. All it takes is some creativity, engineering skills, and courage.

Need inspiration? Check out this How To video from the 2016 Derby.

Need Supplies? McDonald’s (201 W. College Drive) has heaps of cardboard to give away FREE so you can build your best derby vessel.  Just swing by and ask for the general manager.


Space is limited to 30 registrants. This event will fill up!

Cost $10
By February 28
By March 1st- March 9th (before noon)
In person registration by the day of event

Competition Categories:

  • Solo Pilot — 16 and under
  • Solo Pilot — 17 and over
  • Team — 16 and under
  • Team — 17 and over
  • Team — Adult and Kid
  • Local Business Sponsored Vessel
Event Schedule

10:00 am: Check-In
10:30 am: Mandatory Participant Meeting
11:00 am: Cardboard Derby
12:30 pm:  Awards Ceremony

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