Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
Marvin Crawford 1932 - 2005
Inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame 1981
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Marvin may be the best four-way skier Colorado ever produced. Born in Denver in 1932, Marvin grew up in Steamboat Springs. Among the fine skiers Steamboat produced over the years, young Marvin was a standout.
At 12, Marvin soared off the 90-meter jump at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat, completing a leap of nearly 200 feet. Two years later, he won the National Junior Jumping Championship for skiers 18 and under, and then proceeded to win the Class "C" Jumping Championships for the next three years, culminating in a national distance record for jumpers of his age, on his home Howelsen Hill.
Unwilling to limit himself to jumping, Marvin practiced his downhill and slalom techniques as well. The same year that he was National Junior Jumping Champion, Marvin won the National Junior Alpine Combined Championship, an unprecedented double victory in national junior skiing.
In 1951, Marvin began his record-setting college skiing career under Willy Schaeffler at the University of Denver. In these years, Marvin won the coveted Ski Meister Trophy in every college meet he entered. Awarded to the skier with the highest points in four events, this trophy is skiing's highest honor for multiple event skiers.
In 1954, Marvin represented the US on the FIS Nordic Team at the World Championships in Sweden, and he competed in the 1956 Olympics in Italy.
Marvin Crawford went on to manage the Storm Meadows resort at Steamboat and today continues to be a superb skier.