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  1. #1
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    Doug Coombs killed in avalanche

    Sad, sad news.

    From the Valdezskiguides site.

    4/3/06

    Doug Coombs was killed in the mountains today.

    This afternoon we learned of the tragic accident in La Grave, France.


    We are still gathering details and will inform you as we learn more.

    Words can't describe the loss his friends feel now. His impact on Alaska Heli Skiing, Alpine Guiding, and just plain fun-hogging is immeasurable.

    Send you thoughts and prayers to Emily and David Douglas Coombs. They will need you support and love for a long time.



    Sincerely,

    Don Sharaf, Doug Workman, Scott Raynor, Kirsten Kremer, Paul Turecki, Jeff Zell, Eric Henderson, and the many others who had the privelege to work, ski, and smile with Doug over the years.


    Edit to update with news from Valdez heli guide web site.
    Last edited by sfotex; 04-03-2006 at 10:41 PM.
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    If thats true that sucks. Here's hoping it is just a rumor! [fingers crossd]
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    Weird thing is, I was reading Skiing Mag this morning where it talks about how he knows snow so well and is right 999 times out of 1000 about snow packs. That is too bad it this is true!

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    WTF!!! lets hope not.
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    Holy $hit...say it isn't so. *praying*

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    Holy .

    hope that isn't ture.....
    Seriously, this canít turn into yet another ON3P thread....

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    Fuck! Hope it's not so.
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    No fucking way. Shit..fuck...hoping he's not gone.
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    Gliseur or Telepath, either of you doods in La Grave? Actually weren't Foggy and Hev heading that way as well?

    Hoping its not true.
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    Tell me this ain't so........

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    No way.

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    Lord I hope not.
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    Damn. Hope they're wrong. Nothing on our news feed yet.

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    Please, someone say it isn't true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubertele
    Weird thing is, I was reading Skiing Mag this morning where it talks about how he knows snow so well and is right 999 times out of 1000 about snow packs. That is too bad it this is true!
    I thought the same ironic thing, but that article was about Dean Cummings, not Doug Coombs.

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    that's horrible. I hope everything turns out okay.

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    Oh man, I sure hope that's bad info.

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    I feel so badly for Emily and baby David. Doug was one of the brightest spirits and will be missed.

    anyone that wants can check out valdezheliskiguides' website - heartbreaking

    it happened in La Grave
    Last edited by Karl Stall; 04-04-2006 at 09:21 AM.
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    Doug will always be the MAN!
    Godspeed.

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    Exclamation Praise to the highest

    One thing is for sure.....

    Doug Coombs is a skiing master and legend. I learned more about the mountains from him by just listening to conversations that I wasn't even part of (in the Tram.) His presence was always felt as he vibrated at a higher level. Massive wisdom! Unbelievable Grace! Purely Soul!



    The best Doug quote, "I lead and you follow"
    Thanks for breaking trail into heaven Doug.
    Last edited by Baconzoo; 04-03-2006 at 06:47 PM.

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    Rip to another one of my snow riding heroes
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    ski on in eternal peace

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    RIP Legend.
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    That sucks, Coombs was one of the pioneers and so humble about his accomplishments! Positive vibes to his family!

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    Doug will be sorely missed. As Bacon says, he was an inspiring dude.

    Condolences to his family.

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    Unhappy

    RIP Doug. You left a wonderful mark on our sport.
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