Athlete profile: Julian Lamarche |

Athlete profile: Julian Lamarche

Great Divide/Brad OdekirkJulian Lamarche is pretty shocked at the position he now holds in life " Keystone's terrain park manager.

Julian Lamarche is pretty shocked at the position he now holds in life ” Keystone’s terrain park manager.

But getting paid to do what he loves is the beauty behind overseeing Keystone’s A51 and A51 Incubator parks.

“When I moved out here six or seven years ago, I never thought that someone would pay me to build the stuff that comes into my mind,” he said. “But they keep saying yes to the ideas I come up with.”

Lamarche started with the snowmaking crew when he first moved to the county and quickly earned honors by winning the department’s Rookie of the Year award. Within a year, he was splitting his time between the snowmaking crew and ski patrol, but always had his eye on the terrain park.

“When I first started being a ski patroller the park was in its infancy,” he said. “So a couple of patrollers and I took the time to help those guys out.”

By applying welding skills he learned while working in snowmaking, Lamarche began creating features that have earned national attention. In 2002, Lamarche built the Bus Rail, a long rail welded directly to a school bus.

He followed that up last season with the Barbecue Rail, a 51-foot-long rainbow built with an internal propane system that would light up the rail in flame for photo shoots.

“It’s modeled after the way they use pipes in the oil industry. I had heard the guys out in the oil fields in Alaska use it as oil heaters,” he said. “I looked into it. It’s actually the same pipe we use in snowmaking, so that’s what we ended up testing, and it ended up working.”

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