Aspen ski industry icon D.R.C. Brown dies
Vail CO, Colorado
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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