My name is Julia Murray. I was born and raised in Whistler with skiing in my genes. My father was Crazy Canuck, Dave Murray. He was a 2-time Olympian and was on the national team for about 10 years. Dave was one of the pioneers of downhill skiing. Unfortunately, I was not able to get to know him. What I know of him is from all of the great things people tell me, along with some photos. He was an amazing being, with a big heart and deep thoughts. Because of his philosophical outlook and unique way with words, his nick name was “Maharishi Yogi Mur”. He was a great listener and always looked people in the eye, making them feel special.
My father passed away at the young age of 37. I was just 22 months old. Dave fought melanoma for 5 years before it took his life. He may have used sunscreen as he was growing up and on the mountain, but it wasn’t nearly as good as it is now, and he wasn’t religious about it. My Dad and people around him didn’t realize the dangerous impact of UV rays, the way we understand them now.
I wear sunscreen every day. In the mornings, I always put moisturizer on with sunscreen in it. This is part of my daily routine. It’s simple once you get used to it. Everyone should take the extra effort to put protection on. It could save your life.