Heli-Ski Guide and Snowboard Client Dies in Haines Avalanche

Rob Liberman Ski in Peace

HAINES, AK – I am saddened to report that 35-year-old heliski guide Rob Liberman died in an avalanche that occurred while skiing with a group of clients on Tuesday outside of 33 mile. Along with 26-year-old snowboader Nick Dodov of Truckee, Calif. Both victims were wearing avalanche beacons at the time of the slide, which is standard protocol in Haines.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rob and Nick’s family, the entire town of Haines and especially everyone out at 33 mile. This is the time of year that all the film crews, freeskiers and people like myself converge on the tiny fishing village of Haines in search of big lines. With record snowfall this season, AK has been on everyone’s mind.

Rob was a “Dragon Slayer” someone who took the courage to ski a slope before his clients. The risk always outweighing the reward. From my experience heliski guides, including Rob, worked for little to no pay however the stoke of taking clients up skiing was always enough motivation to go back for another day.

What an amazing guy he was, Rob spent his life helping others realize their dreams.

Rob was also involved with DPS skis and a long-time ambassador of the sport. His loss will be felt by many in our community.

More details on Nick and Rob to follow.

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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief. Mike spends most of his time splitboarding in the winter months and backpacking throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the summer.

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