Doug Coombs

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Doug Coombs (1957-09-242006-04-03) was a well-known big mountain skier. He was one of the first to pioneer the first ski runs in Alaska. He died in a skiing accident in the mountains above the French village of La Grave.


  • But you know, you're looking down there at fifty, sixty feet of snow that you could be buried under. And it's like I almost got numb to it. Something in the back of my mind just said, "Why don't you just step back and take a look at all this?" And so I left Alaska.
    • Talking about how complacent he became with the mountains in Alaska.
  • I remember being really shocked when a friend died skiing. And then the next friend died skiing, and then the next friend died skiing. And you're like, I don't know what it is, it's weird, you just become numb to it. It's still terrible, and you don't like it, but it doesn't make you stop. I hate seeing people that I know die, but I know it's gonna happen. I think that's just part of it. It's like saying you know someone who's died in a car accident. You know, what's worse, a car accident or falling off the mountain? I don't know, I think the car accident's worse. At least when they're falling off the mountain, they loved what they were doing.
    • Talking about the friends he's lost due to skiing accidents.

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