Tribute Tuesday • Marjorie Perry • Hall of Fame Class of 1988 • Pioneer
Marjorie was born in 1882 in Chicago, moving to Denver with her family in 1886. She was three years old when her family moved into the residence at 1190 Grant Street close to downtown Denver. Early on, Marjorie identified with the beautiful Rocky Mountains and the great outdoors.
Marjorie rode with her father on the train when he traveled to the mountains to help in planning the Moffat Tunnel. In 1913, on one of these trips, the train stopped at Hot Sulphur Springs. Marjorie heard that a Norwegian man was going to demonstrate ski jumping that afternoon. That man was Carl Howelsen, later known as the father of Colorado ski jumping, and for whom a ski jump at Steamboat Ski Area is named. Marjorie watched the event, and was so taken with the sport that she persuaded Howelsen to come to Steamboat Springs for better snow conditions. The next year, Howelsen brought in skiers from Norway, and the annual Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs began. Marjorie attended every carnival from then until her death, missing just one in 1935 due to an injury she suffered while riding her beloved horse, Gypsy.
At a time when most people perceived skiing as a mode of transportation, Marjorie thought of it as an enjoyable winter sport. She was a charter member of the Colorado Mountain Club and often participated in their winter outings to Fern and Grand Lake. On one trip to Grand Lake, Marjorie ski-jored behind the mail sleigh that was transporting her from Granby to the mining town. Marjorie finally retired from the sport in 1968, one year before she died, at age 86.
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