I had the good fortune of being invited to join the 30th annual Barney Clark Memorial Ski Trip
with the legendary Bob Marwin and some of his Space City Ski Club from Houston. Here are some photos
and videos from the trip into Utah.


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The largest building in Salt Lake is the LDS Business building. As with most LDS buildings, it's built to
survive a bomb blast.


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The Mormon Temple in SLC is the largest one they've built. It took them 40 years to build it entirely out of
granite back in the mid-late 1800s. It's quite beautiful.


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I took a walk through the south visitor's centre to get a sense of what's inside the Temple. Of course, since
this temple has been blessed, non-Mormon's aren't allowed inside. But, the visitor's centre detailed the
golden Moroni statue as well as the plaque that is on all of the temples worldwide.


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A small architectural model of the temple showing off the rooms and what's inside, including the massive upstairs
theatre.


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I also took a walk through the Mormon Tabernacle. They were planning a concert later that evening, which it sounds
like they do a lot of.

Video of a cool fountain at the City Creek Centre in SLC


Skiing at Canyons in Park City


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Since I came in a day earlier than most for the Barneys, I had the pleasure of skiing an extra day with Ray and Diane.
We chose to ski in Park City since we likely wouldn't ski with the Barneys here. This is the view from the bottom of the
resort and you see how dry and non-snowy this area really is.


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Here's a view of Diane in the people-mover heading up to the actual base from the parking base.


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What's neat about this area is the large amount of aspen trees versus mostly conifers that we have in Canada.
This area could use a little bit of glading, but it's neat regardless.


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Here's Diane enjoying the warm day and the nice snow at Canyons.


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Here's Ray enjoying his day at Canyon's.


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I took a hike up to Murdock Peak above the Super Condor Express chair. This is the view looking off the peak.
Note the large amount of exposed slopes here.

Video of the view from Murdock Peak at Canyons



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Showing a little bit more open slopes here. This looks like skiing in May or June in Canada, not early March.
However, the resorts of Park City are a little bit lower in elevation.


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I had an unbelievable Belgian waffle with speculoos - some kind of cookie spread. Yummy!


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I also took a short boot pack up 9990 Peak to have a look around. This appeared to be the exit into the backcountry.
I thought this sign was funny.


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A neat look out into the backcountry from 9990 Peak. The terrain looked nice and again, I was struck at the aspens
mixed in with pine.


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Here's the front of the Barney Clark 30th anniversary T-shirt showing a few of the destinations that were planned
to be visited.


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The back of the Barney Clark T-shirt explaining that Barney Clark was the recipient of the first artificial heart.

Skiing at Solitude


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Solitude is up the Big Cottonwood Canyon. It was forecast to snow a bunch that day so it seemed like a good option to
check out. Here is Richard (Bob's brother-in-law) getting started on his skis with Diane watching.


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Here are Jim and Bob getting their skis on for their day in the snow.


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Here are Jim and Tammy preparing for what was a pretty wet day in the snow.


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Cameron and Ray getting started.


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Here are Bob, Richard, and I starting out on the Barney.


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Proof that Bob and Richard skied on this wet, wet day with poor visibility.


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I spent some time touring around with bad visibility before retiring to some tree-lined areas.
I thought this tree looked really cool in the Honeycomb area.

Skiing Alta


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Since the weekends are very crowded at Alta and Snowbird, we decided to wait to hit Alta until the beginning
of the week. Monday morning, I was pretty excited to be heading to Alta. Here are Bob and Richard getting ready for
a great day in the sunshine on still-excellent snow.


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A nice shot of Ray on the top of the Collins lift. A beautiful bluebird sky was waiting for us all day.


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I had the pleasure of being only a few minutes behind the ski patrol as they opened up the backside.
My track is the middle of this photo and the snow was excellent!


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My tracks on the backside, from a distance. It's just to the right of the large rock outcropping.
Alta is full of powderhounds though as it took only about 10-15 minutes for the whole slope to be shralped.


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This is the closest thing to poutine I've been able to find in the US. No cheese curds, but pretty decent nonetheless.


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These two gentlemen had lunch with Tom. I told them that they were my new inspiration. The gentleman in the middle
has a small oxygen tank in his backpack. Over 80 years old gets you a free season pass ($50 for the ID card though), so I
now have something to work towards.


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After lunch, I took Brad H and Jim G on a neat run off the Sugarloaf chair, called Glory Hole (I think).
Jim took the easier track, but Brad hiked up some decent elevation to drop into some very soft snow.
You can see the look of happiness (and snow) on Brad's face! And somewhere in this picture is Brad's
sunglasses.


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Jim and Tammy and I took a few runs at the end of the day off the Supreme chair. Here's the view from the top of the chair.


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Here are Tammy and I looking out to the south of the canyon into Utah.


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Brad and Jim know how to celebrate a great ski day - beer in one hand and cigar in the other.


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The boys were asked to move spots but they still managed to enjoy their afternoon refreshments.


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I had the pleasure of getting to try a Salt Lake City staple - the Red Iguana. Richard gives this
place his 'thumbs up'.


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Tonight was a Barney T-shirt night so we all wore our shirts. Here are Bob, Karen, Tom, Susan.


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One of the other tables - Ray, Jim P, Tammy P, Anne, Bill, and Diane.


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Kamron, Brad, Jim, and Tom, along with Richard and Will in the background.


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Tom M made a T-shirt for Bob that I thought was pretty funny.


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A great sign on the wall at the restaurant. Gordo the Chef and La Tiny are my two favourites.


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I tend to put stickers of places I really like on my skis and helmet. Here's a cool sticker from Alta,
which makes sense since they don't allow snowboarding.


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A look at the core shot I suffered from Solitude. Repair work is already complete but I may have to eventually
put in a piece of new base.

Skiing at Snowbird


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Snowbird is also in the Little Cottonwood Canyon and I spent the morning touring around and getting my bearings.
I thought this chute looked a little aggressive to say the least. I think this is called Pipeline above the
American Fork Twin Peaks.


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This is the view in the Mineral Basin area. From the col in between those two major rock bands was the best
run I did that day at Snowbird in terms of snow quality and steepness. I think this run is called The Endoras.


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Even though we had a bit of wind, the day was pretty terrific weather. This is looking back at that same chute
off the West Twin Peak.


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I've never seen a tunnel through a mountain at a ski resort. This was pretty cool.


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Tammy inside the tunnel between Peruvian and Mineral Basin.


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Brad behind me in the tunnel on his skis.

Video of the tunnel at Snowbird



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Susan, Tammy, Jim, and Brad looking over to Baldy's Bowl from the top of the Mineral Basin Express chair.


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After our terrific ski day, we had a drink in the parking lot. Here are some of the original Barney Clark members,
originally from the Houston Space City Ski Club. I hope that I'm able to keep skiing half as well as these folks.
From left to right, Tom H, Will G, Jim P, Bob M, and Anne B.


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The whole Barney crew this year. We're doing some shots of Jager in order to commemorate the life of Barney Clark.


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Bob and I having a drink after a good day of skiing.


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The ADI'ers - Jim G, Bob M, Brad H, and I. Thanks again to the Barneys for graciously hosting me and showing me around.
I hope to join again soon.

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