By Mike Rogge
Powder has learned that Alaska Heliskiing guide Rob Liberman, 35, of Telluride, Colorado, was killed Tuesday in an avalanche in Haines, Alaska. According to a Reuters report, Liberman was among six skiers heli skiing the Takhin Ridge, north of Haines.
Liberman was a partner with DPS Skis. When contacted by Powder.com, DPS Marketing Director Philip Drake said of Liberman, “Rob cared deeply, deeply for his family and friends. There was no superficiality or pretentiousness with Rob. He was markedly true to his character and sense of self. He knew what he wanted in life, and most of his pursuits and goals over the last 15-plus years revolved around a deep passion for skiing powder. Rob ‘Outlaw’ Liberman was one-of-a-kind and will be sorely missed.”
In an e-mail with a Powder staffer, DPS Founder Stephan Drake shared this anecdote:
“Shortly after meeting Rob, I was riding an early morning chair with him in Las Leñas. There had been about a meter of new overnight. It was stable, the skies were totally blue, and the snow was glistening diamonds. All of sudden, I looked over and saw Rob violently dry heaving off the side of the chair. Alarmed, I asked him if he was alright. He responded, ‘Oh yeah, no problem…When it’s this good, I just get really excited.””
Powder sends our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Rob Liberman.