Throwback Thursday: Doug Coombs

In the words of Doug Coombs, the man, the myth, the legend, “There is no such thing as too much snow.” Coombs skied lifts only in training for the “real thing” and rocked his Croakies headband with vivid yellow Trient jacket (circa ’95) harder than kids these days rock oversized tees. So next time you’re feeling steely, just remember: you’ll never be as cool as Doug Coombs skiing a first descent couloir on a mountain so gnarly the name was withheld “to protect the foolish.”

Issue 3, October 1995

Issue 3, October 1995

We’re working toward publishing our 100th issue and celebrating 20 years of Backcountry Magazine. Can you believe it? Well, since we all can’t put our beers together with celebratory cheer, we’ve unearthed early editions of the mag, dug through them and pulled stories, photos, quotes, gear relics and more for your enjoyment. —The Editors


  1. a friend, a mentor, a husband, a father. Doug instilled the passion we all have for the mountains and snow and the way of life it offers multiplied by 1 million. his legacy lives on through his foundation the doug coombs foundation inspiring those who you couldn’t imaging couldn’t when it comes to the simple task of sliding on snow. check out the legacy doug leaves behind. god speed my dear friend.

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