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Great White Snark  Apr 3, 2016 • 8:32:53pm

Some small few of us put it all out there for our sport, or perhaps art or country. Not all of those excellent souls make it to old age. But my respects for the sheer dedication and skill.

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teleskiguy  Apr 3, 2016 • 8:44:58pm

re: #1 Great White Snark

Beautifully put. Those folks are the most passionate among us, absolute good people.

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mroop  Apr 4, 2016 • 2:58:26pm

Doug died trying to save his friend who had already gone over the cliff. Doug went up to the edge of the cliff and was trying to get a rope down to his friend when he went over the cliff. I think was all in the movie “Steep”, which I highly recommend. There’s also an excellent documentary on Shane McConkey titled “McConkey”, who is mentioned in the article. It was available on Netflix. The presence of mind that McConkey displayed trying to save himself before he hit the ground was incredible.

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teleskiguy  Apr 4, 2016 • 6:18:39pm

re: #3 mroop

There’s also an excellent documentary on Shane McConkey titled “McConkey”, who is mentioned in the article.

I watched “McConkey” once. I got the DVD at the end of last winter. Didn’t watch it until this last August. I don’t think I’ll watch it again, too sad.

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mroop  Apr 5, 2016 • 4:05:12pm

It is sad, but that’s the life of the extreme skier. So many of these guys die because the risks are huge. My favorite skier was always Scott Schmidt back in the day. He was conservative compared to the daredevils and his style was so cool. These days he’s guiding rich guys at some mountain. Nowadays they have the these new ski designs that allow the extreme skiers to go straight down these chutes that are basically cliff. It’s cool to watch, but I miss the days when extreme skiers like Coombs showed off incredible technique. I’m sure guys like McConkey had those skills too, but in the movies they just go straight down the chutes will almost no turns.


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