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Doug Abromeit ( McCall 1971 )

posted: May 27, 2013


Doug, 65, died May 19, 2013, near Sun Valley, Idaho, while cycling with friends. A coroner’s report said he appeared to have died from natural causes as he crashed to the side of the road, but had no apparent trauma and his feet were still in the pedal clips.

Doug had retired in 2011 as director of the U.S. Forest Service’s National Avalanche Center, an agency he helped create. He had been serving as a snow ranger, but moved to the national coordinator of the military weapons program for avalanche control; it later became the National Avalanche Center. Doug often described it as being a “program with a big name and a very small staff,” as he was the only employee until Karl Birkeland joined him in 2001.

Doug jumped at McCall in 1971 and again from 1976 through 1984.