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Snowbird Names Run for Navy SEAL

Glen Doherty, killed last September in Benghazi, Libya, loved skiing the 'Bird.
posted: 02/28/2013
Glen Doherty in the early 90s. Photo by Kris Saign.

On Friday morning, February 22, as friends and family stood by, Snowbird Resort formally dedicated a previously unnamed run to Glen Doherty, a former Navy SEAL who died in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya. The run, now called Glen’s, is located just off the Cirque Traverse right before P-Tex Point.

Two early (pre-public) trams carried roughly 125 people to the dedication ceremony. It was snowing, windy, and seven degrees on 10,992-foot Hidden Peak, where the run dedication took place.

One of Snowbird’s chefs, Chad Zurinskas, was a close friend of Doherty’s, and he made the request that this specific run be named in Doherty’s honor. Zurinskas and Doherty met in 1990. They had both recently moved to Utah and were neighbors in the Candlestick apartment complex. They worked together in a Snowbird restaurant and enjoyed skiing together.

Doherty would get his friends to do this particular run all the time, explains Zurinskas. The powder was good there, often even on days when the rest of the mountain was skied out. And so they started calling Doherty’s favorite run Glen’s Shot. “It’s been like that for us for 20 years,” Zurinskas says of their name for the spot. But that spot wasn’t designated on Snowbird’s trail map until now.

On Feb. 17, Zurinskas and two Snowbird ski patrollers, Patrick Krause and Seth Roller, installed the black trail sign on Glen’s run. Krause was also a friend of Doherty’s.

It’s not Snowbird’s policy to name runs in this fashion, but in this instance, the ski resort made an exception. The initial approval came from Snowbird’s owner, Dick Bass, a Navy veteran. Snowbird’s president Bob Bonar and ski patrol were on board with the decision as well. Doherty lived here for about five years and maintained many friendships. He often returned to Utah for vacations and downtime.

At the dedication ceremony on Hidden Peak, Snowbird ski-patrol director Peter Schory, a Vietnam veteran, presented an identical trail sign to Doherty’s brother, Greg. After some private remembrances, those who could ski or ride moved to the top of Glen’s run and Sean Lake led the group down. Lake moved to Utah with Doherty and was his best friend in the state.

Snowbird is the third and last location in what some who were close to Doherty call the Memorial Triple Crown. The first memorial was held off the coast of Encinitas, California, where Doherty’s home was. The second was a fly-over of the Navy SEAL base on Coronado Island.

 



 

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