October 31, 2006
Teton Village, Wyo., (Jackson Hole Press Release)—Following the tragic death of legendary skier and mountaineer Doug Coombs in Europe last spring, many fellow skiers struggled to come to terms with the loss.
Editorial has flowed about his incredible style and his unique ability to teach while sharing his passion for life, on and off snow. Creating life long memories for everybody who came into contact with Doug Coombs is a common theme.
As the snow returns to the steep slopes of the Tetons, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) announced it will respectfully dedicate a ski run to Doug, simply called Coombs.
Coombs is located on the infamous expert Headwall terrain above the Bridger Gondola, where Doug spent many of his days freeskiing and guiding clients. After a short fifteen minute hike up Pepi's Ridge, skiers will traverse into Coombs. The run starts as an open slope and narrows mid-way into a gully that ends when it meets Lupine Way. Coombs run is 800 vertical feet in length, has a north east aspect with an average pitch of 30 degrees and a maximum pitch of 35 degrees.
"In agreement with Doug's wife Emily we decided there is no better place than the Headwall for a run dedicated to Doug, commented Connie Kemmerer, JHMR owner and friend of Doug Coombs. "He had such an impact on this Resort both professionally and personally, he is sorely missed. We hope that with his name now firmly on the map, he will continue to inspire those who enjoy our terrain. She added.
"Jackson Hole was a special place for Doug and I am really happy that the Resort has dedicated a run in his memory. I look forward to skiing Coombs with our son, David in future years, added Emily Coombs.