Another run for Ruthie Brown |

Another run for Ruthie Brown

Special to The Aspen Times
Ruth Brown

The Crested Butte Nordic Center has renamed its new FIS-sanctioned ski trail Ruthie’s Run, formerly known as the Big Mine/Electric Loops, in the area just south of town known as the Bench.

The name was chosen in honor of Ruth Humphreys Brown, a native Coloradan who is known for her namesake Ruthie’s Run in Aspen. But her true legacy lies in her generosity and the inspiration she provided to many individuals and organizations such as Colorado Outward Bound, the Aspen Ice Garden, the Aspen Recovery Unit and the Aspen Valley Ski Club.

Ruth raised a family with a passion for skiing. Her daughter Charla Brown serves on the Crested Butte Nordic Board; daughter Ruthie Brown was a longtime coach for the Aspen Valley Ski Club and directed the Rocky Mountain Nordic Division; granddaughter Jenny Hamilton coached the Jackson Hole Nordic team; and grandson Simi Hamilton is a member of the U.S. cross-country ski team and competed this winter in the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, for his second Olympic appearance.

The Ruth H. Brown Foundation chose to support the Crested Butte Nordic Center as a meaningful way to honor their mother. Ruth’s family hopes that whether you are a competitive racer or a recreational skier, you will thoroughly enjoy skiing Ruthie’s Run.

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