Chris Davenport

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Chris Davenport, of Aspen, Colorado, is considered one of the world's most accomplished big mountain skiers. He has been called "one of North America's top 25 skiers by Skiing Magazine" and is a "two-time extreme skiing world champion" [1]


A former alpine downhill racer at the Holderness School and the University of Colorado, Davenport won the 1996 World Extreme Skiing Championships in Alaska.[2] In 2000, won a prize in each Freeskiing World Tour event he participated in, and the next year he won his second World Championship at the 2001 Red Bull Snow Thrill of Alaska.[3] Under the auspices of his company, Davenport MountainSport Inc., Davenport has organized many events, including ski photo competitions and the U.S. National Paragliding Championships. He is an accomplished ski mountaineer, with successful ascents of summits around the globe.[citation needed] Davenport has climbed to 8000 meters on Makalu in the Himalaya and skied first descents in Denali National Park.

Skiiing the Colorado 14ers[edit]

Davenport was the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado's peaks over 14,000 foot elevation in one year.[4][5] and done many significant first descents around the globe.

Mount Everest[edit]

Davenport has been described as one of a "handful of skiers worldwide who climb Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks alpine style.They just clicked into their skis on the world's most dangerous slopes."[6] In May, 2011, along with Neal Beidleman, Davenport skiied 2000 feet of the Lhotse Face on Mount Everest, described as "one of just a handful of documented ski descents on the Lhotse Face".[7] Professional mountain guides Davenport and Beidelman reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 20, 2011 along with client Ephi Gildor.[8]


Davenport is an author of Ski the 14ers: A Visual Tribute to Colorado's 14,000-Foot Peaks from the Eyes of a Ski Mountaineer[9] and Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America,[10] and is a contributor to several ski publications.

In mass media[edit]

Davenport has been featured in over twenty feature ski films, including those from Warren Miller Entertainment and Matchstick Productions. Chris is also a TV reporter and color commentator for ESPN, ABC Sports, and RSN TV.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pennington, Bill (November 13, 2005). "Q & A With Chris Davenport". New York Times (New York City). Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Annie Fast (November 15, 2011). "EpicQuest’s 2012 Alaska Heli Adventures". TransWorld SNOWboarding. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ KÄSTLE Ski - Messlatte seit 1924
  4. ^ Blevins, Jason (January 22, 2007). "SCHUSSING INTO HISTORY BOOKS: Coloradan skis all 54 state 14ers in a year". Denver Post (Denver, Colorado). Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Colorado ski king of the fourteeners, Aspen man skis all 54 in a year". The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO). January 21, 2007. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Vail Symposium: Beyond what the mind can imagine, Vail Symposium's Unlimited Adventure Series concludes with adventure filmmaker Les Guthman". Vail Daily (Vail, Colorado). March 10, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ O'Neil, Devon. "Davenport skis Lhotse Face: Two Americans ski the rarely-descended Lhotse Face". ESPN. 
  8. ^ Maletz, Jon (May 21, 2011). "Three Aspenites summit Everest". Aspen Times (Aspen, Colorado). Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ Davenport, Chris; Burrows, Art (2007). Ski the 14ers: A Visual Tribute to Colorado's 14,000-Foot Peaks from the Eyes of a Ski Mountaineer. Wolverine Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-0-9792644-2-9. 
  10. ^ Burrows, Art; Davenport, Chris and Newhard, Penn (2010). 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. Wolverine Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-0-9826154-3-0. 
  11. ^ Chris Davenport's Updates on


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