Marmot Coombs Classic
"The mountains are my religion" - Doug Coombs
Legendary ski-mountaineer and Jackson Hole local, Doug Coombs (1957-2006), was loved and admired by everyone around him. His prolific career included skiing some of the boldest lines in Alaska's Chugach, the Tetons, Alps and the Himalayas. Doug's passion for adventure skiing was intoxicating and he inspired us all to explore the backcountry and carve the sidecountry.
Doug Coombs was far more than a superstar; he was a great friend. To commemorate his remarkable skiing life, Marmot and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort host the Marmot Coombs Classic, a celebratory spring skiing event to finish off the year strong-just like Doug!
Each participant in the event receives one raffle ticket for each lap they complete on designated routes. There are two route options for skiers and riders with different abilities. The more challenging option takes you into Jackson Hole's renowned "hike to" terrain: skiers and riders take the Pepi's Bench Headwall Hike, which starts in the Cirque and down the Coombs Headwall-named for Doug. The other route follows the Casper Traverse, starting near the top of the Bridger Gondola, into Casper Bowl. Brace yourself, because the traverse is also known as 'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride'.