The Dave Murray Downhill, and Whistler’s Uplifting and Ongoing Alpine Legacies
The Ladies’ Downhill ski race on February 17, 2010 wove a path down Whistler Mountain that started with Wildcard, morphed to Franz’s and then blended into the Dave Murray Downhill. The track was definitely tough, as seven racers did not complete the course. The Dave Murray Downhill on Whistler Mountain is where many of the alpine skiing events took place during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The run is named after Dave Murray who was one of the original “Crazy Canucks” — legendary members of the Canadian downhill ski team during the 1970s and early 1980s.
The runs skied by the Olympic racers are achievable for many skiers – especially when skiers are introduced to these runs by some of Whistler’s finest ski programs. Dave Murray Camps and Mike and Manny’s Cowboy Camps, are two great examples.
Dave Murray joined Whistler Mountain as Director of Skiing after retiring from the Canadian Ski Team in 1982. He passed away in 1989 after a brave fight against cancer and the Dave Murray Downhill was named in his honour in 1990. Dave Murray Camps continue to be offered at Whistler Blackcomb, and the Dave Murray Summer Ski and Snowboard Camp is North America's longest running and constantly evolving ski and snowboard camp. It offers snowboard, ski race programs and "New School / freestyle" skiing. The Camp's ski racing foundation continues to be successful, and the Camp tradition is to select coaching staff whose racing credentials include World Cup, Olympic and National team experience.
Team Canada Alpine Skiing members are building on Dave Murray’s tradition of passing the torch to young skiers. Mike and Manny's Cowboy Camp was created by Whistler-based Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Whistler-born-and-bred Michael Janyk, both members of the Canadian alpine ski team. The Camp takes place in Whistler and is a product of their collective efforts to offer budding young skiers the opportunity to train for free with some of the country’s leading skiers. The Camp aims to give 10 young racers from less fortunate financial circumstances the chance to move forward at a pivotal point in their careers. In the spring of 2009, the lucky ten Camp participants received personalized training from a number of professionals including from Mike and Manny themselves, and from another Whistler-based member of Canada's alpine team, Robbie Dixon.
Canadian alpine skiers continue to create legacies as they make ski development and improvement available to many, including you! See the public downhill viewing areas (PDF) for the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games.
Learn more about alpine skiing camps in Whistler.