Powder Magazine reports that "American Dave" has died in an avalanche on Monte Blanc, on January 23rd.
He was skiing with two others who dug him out alive but he perished from his injuries at the hospital.
I had the good fortune of meeting him at the Arne Backstrom Blastathon a few years ago. What a nice guy, gone too soon
From the article
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.
The digital feature linked in this snip from Powder is worth clicking on.
I'll link it again just in case the copied text link doesn't work.
American Dave toes a dangerous line as one of the most skilled ski mountaineers in the world
Edited by Trekchick - 1/24/15 at 6:28am