Ski Mountaineer Dave Rosenbarger 1976–2015

Ski mountaineer Dave Rosenbarger has died in an avalanche on the Italian slopes of Mont Blanc, Powder Magazine reported yesterday. The 38-year-old Oregon native was with three partners when he was swept under an avalanche on the Helbronner. According to reports, he was alive when his partners dug him out but he later died of his injuries.

Powder published a digital feature on Rosenbarger just over a week ago called Untracked.


Photo by Cedric Bernardini /Courtesy

Rosenbarger was a Patagonia athlete and their Global Marketing Manager Josh Nielsen released this statement yesterday: “He was the epitome of a pure passion skier – someone who didn’t do it for the cameras or for the limelight – and was deeply committed to the sport for all of the right reasons. Dave was a calculated risk taker and a talented athlete who dedicated his life to climbing and skiing some of the most challenging lines in the world, calling Chamonix his winter home. Dave is known for having an effortless style while skiing in steep and precarious places but also for his infectious glowing personality…Dave was one of a kind and will be deeply missed.”

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Our thoughts go out to Rosenbarger’s family and friends.