Six years ago this week, the Northeast-bred, steep skiing pioneer, Doug Coombs, passed away while skiing and attempting to rescue a friend near his home in La Grave, France. After skiing in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine as a child, Coombs left a lasting mark on the adventure skiing world with his exploratory descents in the Tetons, Alaska and beyond. He was a beautiful and incredibly talented skier, whose life was shaped by his intimate connection with the mountains. As a mountain guide, he successfully accompanied thousands of skiers through some of the best days of their lives.
Coombs’ spirit lives on. The footage in the two video posts below offer just a glimpse of Coombs in his element.
-Brian and Emily
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