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Aspen ski industry icon D.R.C. Brown dies

Aspen Times Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily"Darcy" Brown, Jr., was well-respected in the Aspen area and beyond.
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ASPEN ” Aspen ski industry pioneer D.R.C. “Darcy” Brown Jr., the one-time

head of the Aspen Ski Corp. who oversaw the company’s rise from a small

resort operator to one of the world’s largest skiing empires, died March 10.

Brown, 95, was the son of Aspen pioneer David R.C. Brown and Ruth McNutt,

daughter of a prominent San Francisco physician. The elder Brown came to

Aspen in 1880, where he purchased several silver mines and established the

first water, power and electric companies in Aspen.

Darcy Brown’s multi-faceted career included work in the oil business,

service as a U.S. Navy PT boat skipper, ranching in Colorado and Utah, and

election as a Colorado state senator in 1952. After his term of office, he

took over as CEO of the Aspen Ski Corp. in 1957, having served as a founding

member on its board of directors since 1946.

When he took over the helm of the corporation, it operated a small ski area

” Aspen Mountain ‹ served by three lifts. When Brown retired 22 years later,

the company was operating Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Snowmass and

Breckenridge, plus two ski areas in Canada and one in Spain. Ruthie’s Run on

Aspen Mountain was named after his second wife; he married Ruth Humphreys of

Denver in 1947.

Brown also served as president of Colorado Ski Country USA, a statewide

organization of ski resorts, and as president of the National Ski Areas

Association. He was an inductee into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame, the

Colorado Ski Hall of Fame and the Aspen Hall of Fame.

For more on Brown’s life and his impact on Aspen, as well as a complete

obituary, see Wednesday’s Aspen Times at http://www.aspentimes.com


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