Marjorie Brown “Marnie” Jump of the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame died last Thursday at the age of 92. Jump was inducted into the Hall of Fame for her contribution to the industry in the 1940′s, 50′s and 60′s. Marnie Jump was not only an avid skier but also a Navy Veteran of World War II. After serving for her country Jump moved Arapahoe Basin, where she rescued the struggling mountain and developed many successful programs for veterans and fundraisers for the US Ski Team.
Marnie Jump’s start in the ski world came after serving for the Navy in WWII. She moved to Arapahoe Basin in 1947 in search of work. She found work at the struggling A-Basin Mountain. The mountain was in debt of 45,000 dollars and Jump took up the project to raise money. She was able to raise the money through her connection and was named vice-president of Arapahoe Basin Corporation in the process. Larry Jump was one of the founders of the mountain after surveying the mountain and finding it suitable for skiing. Olympic medalist Dick Durrance, who helped in the development on A-Basin, assisted Larry. Larry soon became the husband of Marnie
A-Basin started out with $1.25 lift tickets and one lift. An Army Weapon carrier powered the lift. Jump was an avid skier and friends recall skiing with her on her 80th birthday. Jump helped organize the first Veteran Race sanctioned by the US Ski Association in 1957. This organization evolved into the Masters Racing Series. Marnie participated in the Series until she well into her seventies. Jump also organized the first Ski Ball to benefit the US Ski Team and served as the Chair in the years following. In 1968 Jump organized a handicap ski organization for Vietnam War Veterans and the first boys from Children Hospital and from Fitzsimmons Hospital. Jump received the Army’s “Certificate of Appreciation” for her service.
A-Basin today has over 100 trails and multiple chairlifts. The mountain is visited by over 400,000 skier a year.
Marjorie Brown “Marnie” Jump leaves behind one son, McCleane Jump, and two daughters Patricia McCray and Alice Jump. Jump helped build the foundation of skiing in Colorado.
Full bio can be found at Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.