The SnowBrains Podcast | Episode #10 | Chris Davenport – Legendary Freeskier, Ski Mountaineer, Mountain Guide

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The SnowBrains Podcast – Episode #10 – Chris Davenport

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This week, we bring you episode #10 with Chris Davenport the world extreme skiing champion in both 1996 and 2000, the ski movie star in over 30 Warren Miller ski movies and a multitude of other ski movies doing things like huck 100′ cliffs in Alaska, the ski mountaineer who was the first to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000′ peaks in a single year and even skied the Lhotse face at 27,000′ in the shadow of Mt. Everest, the guide who summited Everest, the author, the TV commentator, the professional speaker, the first descent aficionado, and all-around good guy.

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In this episode, Chris & Miles discuss skiing the Lhotse face, climbing Mt. Everest, Chris’ favorite mountain ranges to ski, skiing all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000′ peaks within 1-year, climate change, ski guiding, Chris’ favorite books, the glory days of extreme skiing contests, Chris’ funniest accidents, and much more.

“We decided we would go rally this [borrowed] Nissan Pathfinder around in the deep snow and just see what it was capable of, and we ended up upside down on the roof, we flipped it, crashed it, hit a telephone pole, everyone was ok, but we had to drive that thing to the dealership the next day and… I didn’t film for Warren Miller for a couple of years after that. Big Trouble.” – Chris Davenport

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Chris Davenport – Legendary Freeskier, Ski Mountaineer, Mountain Guide

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“We decided we would go rally this [rental] pathfinder around in the deep snow and just see what it was capable of, and we ended up upside down on the roof, we flipped it, crashed it, hit a telephone pole, everyone was ok, but we had to drive that thing to the dealership the next day and… I didn’t film for Warren miller for a couple of years after that. Big Trouble.” – Chris Davenport
Chris Davenport was the world extreme skiing champion in both 1996 and 2000. He’s been in over 30 Warren Miller ski movies and a multitude of other ski movies doing things like huck 100′ cliffs in Alaska. Chris’ ski mountaineering achievements are unparalleled. He was the first to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000′ peaks in a single year. The guy even skied the Lhotse face at 27,000′ in the shadow of Mt. Everest. Oh, and then he summited Everest while guiding. No biggie. Chris is also an author, a TV commentator, a professional speaker, a professional mountain guide, a first descent aficionado, and an all-around good guy.
 
 
In this episode, Chris & Miles discuss skiing the Lhotse face, climbing Mt. Everest, Chris’ favorite mountain ranges to ski, skiing all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000′ peaks within 1-year, climate change, ski guiding, Chris’ favorite books, Chris’ funniest accidents, the glory days of extreme skiing contests, and much more.
 
 
Chris Davenport answers these insightful questions:
  • Best part/worst part of summiting Mt. Everest?
  • What was it like skiing the Lhotse Face at 27,000′?
  • The 14er project was a genius idea, Chris. How did you come up with this concept?
  • What was it like skiing in the glory days of the extreme contests against Shane McConkey and crew?
  • Have you ever been in an avalanche? What happened?
  • What evidence of climate change have you seen in your lifetime?
  • Tell us about writing the legendary book ” 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America”.
  • How has your body changed over your career and what are you doing differently now to stay in great shape?
  • Why did you stop starring in the big ski movies?
  • Where do is your favorite place to ski?
“I love to go wherever it’s good…I’m just gonna list out my favorite places: The Chugach mountains of Alaska, The Coast Range of British Columbia, The island of Hokkaido in Japan, Aspen Snowmass where I live in the elk mountains right here, The San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, the Tetons of Wyoming and Idaho, the Swiss Alps, and to a degree the French Alps as well, and the Dolomites of Italy, I skied my first trip in Morocco, in the Atlas Mountains last spring… That place is Stunning, and then Portillo Chile… the Antarctic Peninsula, one of the greatest destinations for ski touring in the world.” – Chris Davenport
  • Many more…
 
 
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Recorded on November 17, 2020, in Park City, UT (Miles Clark) and Aspen, CO (Chris Davenport).
This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.
Music by Chad Crouch.
Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
The SnowBrains Podcast. Skier: Miles Clark. Location: Jackson Hole, WY. Photo: Sasha Motivala.  Date:  March 2020

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