Brown claims spot in Ski Hall of Fame
In 22 years as president of the Aspen Skiing Corp., DRC “Darcy” Brown developed Aspen into one of the world’s largest ski complexes under one management.When he retired in 1979, his ski empire included Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk and Snowmass, as well as Breckenridge in Summit CountyOn Thursday, Brown, a true patriarch in the history of Colorado skiing, was named one of four inductees to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame’s Class of 2005.The Hall of Fame is in Ishpeming, Mich. recognized as the birthplace of organized skiing in America. Brown will be inducted into the hall at a ceremony in Ishpeming on April 28. He will enter the hall with three other prominent figures in the history of American skiing, upping the number of inductees to 346.The Class of 2005 includes Hilary Lindh, a three-time Olympian; Walter Foeger, who is credited with developing Vermont’s Jay Peak Ski Resort; and Erich Sailer, one of America’s top coaches training Olympians, from Buck Hill, Minn.Brown’s legacy in American skiing extends beyond his tenure as president of the Aspen Skiing Corp. He also played a significant role in the founding of the National Ski Areas Association and served as the NSAA’s second president in 1965.The election to the Hall of Fame follows a lengthy selection process. Possible inductees have to be nominated then selected for a ballot nomination. Once they’re on the ballot, a final vote from 75 ski experts from across the country determines who will be inducted. Morten Lund of Accord, N.Y., serves as chairman of the Selection Committee.More information on the induction ceremony in April can be found on the web at http://www.skihall.com.
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