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Rosenbarger was caught in an avalanche on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. (Photo: Courtesy of Patagonia)

Dave Rosenbarger Killed by Avalanche

Legendary Patagonia skier dies in hospital

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Skier and Patagonia ambassador Dave Rosenbarger died Friday in an avalanche in Italy.

Rosenbarger, 38, had been skiing on the Italian side of Mont Blanc with three partners when an avalanche overcame him. His partners, who have not been identified, were able to dig him out. He was airlifted to a local hospital but died from his injuries, reported Powder Magazine.

Rosenbarger, an Oregon native known as “American Dave,” spent his time skiing in Chamonix and Tahoe City and had been with Patagonia since 2010.

“Dave is known for having an effortless style while skiing in steep and precarious places but also for his infectious glowing personality,” wrote Josh Nielsen, Patagonia’s global marketing director. “Dave was one of a kind and will be missed.”

Rosenbarger is survived by his wife, Rosanna Hughes.

(Christian Pondella/Courtesy of Patagonia)
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