Aspen History: Willoughby Jump |

Aspen History: Willoughby Jump

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“Ski jump named for local man,” announced the Aspen Times on December 21, 1939. “At a recent meeting of the Aspen Ski Club, it was voted to name the new ski jump on Aspen Mountain, to the right of Roch Run, in honor of Frank Willoughby, without whose untiring efforts in surveying and doing much actual work on the project, it is doubtful if Aspen would even have a ski jump at this time. The new Willoughby jump, which is now nearly complete, is laid out on an old mine dump and it is estimated that professional jumpers will be able to clear in the neighborhood of 300 feet. If this is true, it is quite possible that a new world record may be set in the national meet next winter. The takeoff is some 100 feet above the beginning of the 39-degree landing field, which in itself is another 200 feet long. The jump was named in honor of Mr. Willoughby in keeping with the custom of naming ski courses and jumps for the men who laid them out or were responsible for their construction, and local skiers are mighty glad to see Frank get credit for the work he has done on this project.” The image above shows a skier side-stepping up the landing of the Willoughby jump, circa 1950.

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