A quote, from a May 1, 2001 interview:

"AB: What's your scariest moment on skis?

DC: I've had a few -- the scariest moment is when I'm thinking I'm
having a good run and it ends up being icy and really steep and I'm
stuck -- I've still got my edge into the snow but I realize that I'd
better pull out my iceaxe -- I'd better be able to figure out how I'm
going to get out of this mess. I've had a few of those in Europe --
not so much in Alaska, but mainly Europe and other places in the
Tetons. The scariest thing of course is watching an avalanche. If
skiing didn't have avalanches, it'd be the greatest sport in the world
but then it wouldn't be what it is."

From a interesting interview with Andy Bigford of SKI magazine:

On 4/3/06, John Crowley, Jr. <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From Ski Racing Magazine's website
> ***********
> "Extreme legend Doug Coombs dies in La Grave avalanche
> April 03, 2006
> Extreme skiing legend Doug Coombs was killed in an avalanche in La
> Grave, France, early Monday.
> The news was originally reported on the Web site for Valdez Heli-Ski
> Guides, the company Coombs founded in 1993.
> Coombs also founded Steep Skiing Camps Worldwide, and was a two-time
> winner of the Valdez Extreme Skiing Championships.
> "Words can't describe the loss his friends feel now," read a statement
> on "His impact on Alaska heli-skiing,
> alpine guiding and just plan fun-hogging is immeasurable."
> A former racer for Montana State, Coombs moved to Jackson, Wyoming,
> and worked as a geologist before embarking on the big-mountain
> freeskiing scene.
> An internationally certified (IFMGA/UIAGM) mountain guide, Coombs
> spent his seasons guiding in the Tetons, Alaska, Greenland and France.
> He had guided everything from first descents down steep powder runs to
> technical testpieces such as the Grand Teton's Ford Coulior.
> On his Web site,, he relayed some thoughts on the
> spectacular setting of La Grave: "When I first arrived at La Grave and
> stared at the majestic glaciated peak of La Meije (13,065 ft.), I
> imagined endless ski runs that would last a lifetime! After 5 seasons
> in La Grave, I am still discovering new descents off the lift served
> peak."
> Coombs leaves behind his wife, Emily, and young son, David Douglas."

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