Chris Davenport

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Chris Davenport
Personal information
Full name Christopher Davenport
Nationality USA
Born (1971-01-04) 4 January 1971 (age 44)
New Hampshire
Residence Aspen, Colorado
Education University of Colorado - Boulder
Country US
Sport big-mountain skiing ; ski mountaineer

Chris Davenport, of Aspen, Colorado, is considered one of the world's most accomplished big-mountain skiers and mountaineers. 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 in New Hampshire and the University of Colorado, Davenport became involved in the big-mountain competition scene after graduation and went on to win the 1996 World Extreme Skiing Championships in Alaska.[2] In 2000, he reached the podium 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] Over the years, Davenport has competed in and done well at numerous big-mountain ski competitions and has received a plethora of accolades for his ski mountaineering accomplishments.

Ski Competition Results[edit]

1996 World Extreme Skiing Champion
1996 24 Hours of Aspen: 2nd
1996 New Zealand Heli Challenge Champion
1997 Jackson Hole Big Mountain Contest: 2nd
1998 ESPN X-Games Bronze Medal
1998 24 Hours of Aspen Champion
2000 Canadian Freeskiing Championships – Blackcomb: 2nd
2000 NBC Gravity Games Big Mountain Contest: 2nd
2000 North American Freeskiing Championships – Snowbird: 3rd
2000 Red Bull Snowthrill of Alaska, IFSA World Freeskiing Champion
2000 Rip Curl Heli Challenge, New Zealand: 3rd (1st on Extreme day)
2001 Red Bull UltraCross Champion
2002 Powder Magazine Reader’s Pole Award
2002 Red Bull Snowthrill of Alaska World Champion’s Choice Award (with photographer Scott Markewitz)
2002 NEA Award Nominee (World Extreme Sports Awards)
2003 Voted one of Aspen’s 100 Most Influential People, Sojourner Magazine
2003 Wild Dash for Cash Chinese Downhill Champion, Aspen
2004 Powder Magazine Reader’s Poll Award
2005 Powder Magazine Reader’s Poll Award
2005 Red Bull Hike and Ride Champion, Switzerland
2005 O’Neill Xtreme by Swatch Freeride Contest, 2nd Place, Verbier, Switz
2006 Powder Magazine Reader’s Poll Award
2007 Everest Award Winner- Expedition of the Year (14ers)
2007 Red Bull Jungfrau Staffette Champion

Skiing 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; 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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