“American Dave” Rosenbarger Dies in Avalanche in Chamonix

Miles Clark | | AvalancheAvalanche
Dave.  photo:  patagonia
Dave. photo: patagonia

This is truly heart breaking news.  “American Dave” Rosenbarger has passed away in an Avalanche in Chamonix today, January 23rd, 2015.

Dave was a great guy and fantastic skier that skied for himself, not the limelight.  He’d spent the past 12 winters in Chamonix, France ticking off big lines and the past 12 summers in Lake Tahoe, CA.  Dave had skied many of the gnarliest lines in Chamonix and many more around the world.  He recently told me that he’d skied the North Face of the Aiguille du Midi around 70 times.  Most wouldn’t have the guts to ski it once.

Dave ripping Chamonix.  photo:  andreas frannson
Dave ripping Chamonix. photo: andreas fransson

Dave’s Chamonix exploits were recently documented by Powder Magazine in an incredible 12-page article titled Untracked.  Please check it out.

Dave was 38-years-old and leaves behind his wife, Rosanna.  Dave was from Bend, OR and had been living in Lake Tahoe, California and Chamonix, France since 2003.

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It’s being reported that Dave was skiing on the Italian side of Mont Blanc today with 3 ski partners when we was caught in an avalanche.  His ski partners were able to dig him out.  He was airlifted to a nearby hospital but he succumbed to his injuries while in the hospital.

Dave stoked in Cham.  photo:  dave's facebook
Dave stoked in Cham. photo: dave’s facebook

What Powder Magazine had to say about Dave today:

POWDER is saddened to learn that skier Dave Rosenbarger, 38, has died in an avalanche. On January 23, 2015, Rosenbarger was skiing off the Helbronner on the Italian side of Mont Blanc when an avalanche swept him down the mountain. Details are scarce, but sources say he was skiing with three partners. They were able to dig him out of the debris and he was alive, but after being airlifted to a local hospital, Rosenbarger succumbed to his injuries.

Having spent consecutive winters in Chamonix since 2003, Rosenbarger, an Oregon native who splits time living in Tahoe City and Chamonix, picked up the nickname “American Dave” for his dedicated pursuit of fresh powder on the Mont Blanc massif. While he lived the life of an under-the-radar ski bum for many years, his stature was elevated recently as he began ticking off major ski descents around the globe. He is the subject of a profile in the February issue of POWDER, and a digital feature launched just a week ago.” – Powder Magazine

Dave ripping Antarctica in November 2014.  photo:  amos hockmeyer
Dave ripping Antarctica in November 2014. photo: amos hockmeyer

What Patagonia had to say about Dave today:

“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, France, 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. He contributed to our Patagonia family in so many ways—he had a natural eye for product design and became one of our most articulate and valued product testers, he was beloved by fellow ambassadors, a friend to all and the catalyst for many powder-laden Chamonix adventures. Dave was one of a kind and will be deeply missed.” —Josh Nielsen, Patagonia Global Marketing Director, Outdoor.

Seth Morrison and Dave scoping lines in Antarctica this past November.  photo:  ode siivonen
Seth Morrison and Dave scoping lines in Antarctica this past November. photo: ode siivonen

We’ll greatly miss you, Dave.


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2 thoughts on ““American Dave” Rosenbarger Dies in Avalanche in Chamonix

  1. I saw it on Powder.com. I’ve seen your name, as being from the Tahoe area. It sounds like you were a very passionate snow lover, from dropping a knee in MT; to the steeps of Cham. ! * * Sorry to hear.

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