Arguably the greatest adventure skier to ever live, Doug Coombs pioneered hundreds of first descents down the biggest, steepest, most dangerous mountains in the world. He graced magazine covers, wowed moviegoers, became the face of top ski companies, and ascended as the king of big mountain extreme skiing. His place at the top was confirmed in 1991 when he won the very first World Extreme Ski Championships in Valdez, Alaska. Yet perhaps Coombs’s greatest legacy was as a guide, leading people on wild adventures and giving them the best days of their lives. Now, his story is told for the first time in Robert Cocuzzo's Tracking the Wild Coomba.
Beyond a biography, Tracking the Wild Coomba is an adventure story that takes readers into the extreme mountains where Doug Coombs pioneered a new era of skiing. From the Whites of New Hampshire, to the Tetons of Wyoming, to the Chugach of Alaska, to the Alps of France—author Robert Cocuzzo followed Coombs’s tracks around the world over the course of several years. By skiing some of the runs Coombs skied, spending time with his friends and family, and living in the mountain towns where Coombs made his home, Cocuzzo pieces together what made Doug Coombs one of the greatest skiers of all time.
Left and right image by Ace Kvale / Middle image by Larry Prosor
"Doug Coombs had a huge impact on my life; much of my overall approach to mountains comes from his example. I am so grateful that, thanks to author Rob Cocuzzo, I now have the complete story of what influenced one of my biggest heroes."
– Jeremy Jones, snowboarding legend
“In the 1980s, I was lucky enough to be part of the Bozeman gang of ex-ski racers in one of the crucibles of the American steep skiing scene. Robert Cocuzzo accurately captures the amazing Doug and Emily Coombs that I knew then and the myriad of Coombs ski stories.”
– Bruce Tremper, avalanche expert and author of Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain
"Doug Coombs was an inspiration to me and so many others on and off the mountain. Now, here is an insightful look at the life of a legend."
Jimmy Chin, climber-photographer