Photo: Adam Clark
Dave Rosenbarger, also known as ‘American Dave’ passed away January 13th, 2015 from injuries sustained in an avalanche. Very few details have been released, but we do know Rosenbarger and three others were skiing on the Italian side of Mont Blanc when David got caught in an avalanche. While the group was able to dig Rosenbarger out, he was unable to recover from the injuries he received in the avalanche.
Josh Nielsen, Patagonia’s global marketing director remarked on the loss of their long time athlete: “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.”
To read about American Dave’s life and passion visit Powder’s feature piece on Rosenbarger: http://www.powder.com/stories/digital-features/untracked/ The profile piece will also be featured in their February issue.
Our thoughts go out to Dave’s wife Rosanna and all his family and friends.