The Doug Coombs Foundation: Keeping The Legendary Skier’s Legacy Alive

The Doug Coombs Foundation: Keeping The Legendary Skier’s Legacy Alive 10/9/17 by Emma Walker A decade after his tragic death, legendary steep skier Doug Coombs’ legacy lives on. And not just in his hundreds of first ski descents, his membership in the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame, his pioneering contributions to the sport of heli-skiing,…

A legacy Skis On – Stio

Read the original article here   There are times in life when we contemplate the mark we might leave behind in this world.  If we’re honest with ourselves, we know that whatever it is will be as fleeting as tracks in fresh powder. We may turn back to catch a glimpse of those perfect turns,…

Powder Mag – Dec 16

Once a globe-trotting steep skier, Emily Coombs is now a catalyst for bringing diversity to the mountains.     WHEN MARIA VARGAS, 33, moved to Jackson, Wyoming, 14 years ago, skiing was the last thing on her mind. Born in Mexico and raised in St. Anthony, Idaho, she simply intended to work and bring up…

Last Decent: JH Planet

Read the original article in the JH Planet, published April 20, 2016. Article by Kelsey Dayton (page 11)  

Remembering Doug Coombs

Originally published in Ski Magazine Online, April, 2016 Ten years ago this Sunday, Doug Coombs, one of American skiing’s most admired figures, died in a fall in one of the countless steep chutes at La Grave, France, the wild ski area where he lived with his wife, Emily, and their two-year-old son, David. Coombs, along with…

Remembering a Legend, and Victim, of the Slopes

Originally published in the April 1, 2016, in The International New York Times. Article by KELLEY McMILLAN  BOSTON — On Sunday, 10 years after the death of the extreme skier and mountain guide Doug Coombs, his friends will gather on the slopes of La Grave, France, a skiing mecca 50 miles east of Grenoble. Above the…

Wyoming Public Radio: Disparities Abound in Wyoming’s Renowned Ski Town

Income and wealth disparities in the U.S. are the most pronounced they’ve been in decades. Perhaps nowhere is the gap between luxury and poverty more apparent than in Jackson. The small ski town sits in the county with the highest average income in the country. But it’s also home to a growing number of Mexican immigrants who come to work in Jackson’s tourism economy. Teton County residents boast a median household income of $72,000, but for immigrant households, it’s just $26,000. That inequity has repercussions for Jackson’s youth.

Powder Magazine: Following Doug Coombs’ Lead

Emily Coombs’ late husband, Doug Coombs, was one of the greatest skiers of all time, a two-time World Extreme Skiing champion, and a pioneer of the sport. People call him a legend. But the nonprofit organization she started in his name, partly as a way to preserve his legacy, is not really about skiing.

JH Style

Read the original article published in the 2016 issue of JH Style here. Doug Coombs Foundation Gets Kids Outside WORDS Kristen Pope IMAGES Courtesy Emily Coombs Jackson offers some of the best skiing, snowboarding, and outdoor recreation opportunities in the world, but a lot of local, low-income kids weren’t getting out and experiencing those things.…

JH Skier

Read about the Doug Coombs Foundation by scrolling to page 119 in the 2016 Winter issue of JH Skier Magazine. You can use the progress bar below the magazine PDF to skim through the magazine quickly.

JH Magazine

Check out our spotlight on page 25 in the Winter issue of JH Magazine Click the Magazine viewer and turn to page 25 to read more about the Foundation’s impact here in Jackson.    

Coombs Classic: Honoring the Life of an Extreme Skier

“When Doug Coombs died, it really shook us up as a company,” says Tom Fritz, VP of marketing, Marmot.  “He wasn’t just a sponsored athlete, but also a good friend to many of us. When we were done being shaken up, we started thinking about how we might keep Doug’s legacy alive.” Doug & David, Courtesy…

Better Living Through Skiing

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Coombs Classic Celebrates the Late Ski Mountaineer

A weekend of events for Jackson residents — the Pole Pedal Paddle and the Jackson Hole Rendezvous music fest — also included the fourth annual Marmot Coombs Classic at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Friends, family and members of the Doug Coombs Foundation showed up at Teton Village to remember the ski mountaineer who inspired many…

Program Gives Kids the Gift of Skiing

Eager young skiers gathered Dec. 4 at High Country Outfitters to get fitted with skis and boots as the Doug Coombs Foundation kicked off its second year of offering an alpine program for underprivileged kids. Last year the foundation, which honors the late ski mountaineer Doug Coombs, provided 28 children who couldn’t afford to buy…

Mountain Magazine’s Interview with Emily Coombs

View the Complete Interview and Photo Gallery at Mountain Magazine’s Website

January 2015 Newsletter

The Doug Coombs Foundation is entering its 3rd winter providing skiing to children from low socio-economic families living in Teton County, Wyoming. This winter the DCF will provide skiing for over 100 children. The majority of these children are in their 2nd or 3rd year of the skiing program offered by our Foundation. The DCF provides tuition,…


Lifting Us Up Video


interview with Doug from the movie Steep (High Ground productions, 2007)


Classic footage of Doug skiing from the movie “Anomoly” by Teton Gravity Research (2008)