Chris Davenport
Chris Davenport, of Aspen
Populus section Populus, of the Populus genus, includes the aspen trees and the white poplar Populus alba. The five typical aspens are all native to cold regions with cool summers, in the north of the Northern Hemisphere, extending south at high altitudes in the mountains. The White Poplar, by...

, 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"


A former alpine downhill racer at the Holderness School
Holderness School
The Holderness School is a private, coeducational college-preparatory school in Holderness, near Plymouth, New Hampshire in the United States. The student body of 275 is drawn from 22 U.S. states and 14 foreign countries. While Holderness operates primarily as a boarding school, it also enrolls 50...

 and the University of Colorado
University of Colorado
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, Davenport won the 1996 World Extreme Skiing Championship
World Extreme Skiing Championship
World Extreme Skiing Championship - The WESC competition revolutionized the ski industry by promoting big mountain skiers. The first year had 37 contestants. Valdez hosted the World Extreme Skiing Champions starting in 1991. In 1994, WESC champion Doug Coombs, along with his wife Emily, went on...

s in Alaska. 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. 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
Ski mountaineering
Ski mountaineering is form of ski touring that variously combines the sports of Telemark, Alpine, and backcountry skiing with that of mountaineering...

, with successful ascents of summits around the globe. Davenport has climbed to 8000 meters on Makalu
Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at and is located southeast of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and China...

 in the Himalaya and skied first descents in Denali National Park.

Skiiing the Colorado 14ers

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

Mount Everest

Davenport has been described as one of a "handful of skiers worldwide who climb Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks alpine style, without using supplemental oxygen or hiring porters and guides, and then click into their skis on the world's most dangerous slopes." In May, 2011, along with Neal Beidleman, Davenport skiied 2000 feet of the Lhotse Face on Mount Everest
Mount Everest
Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain, with a peak at above sea level. It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. The international boundary runs across the precise summit point...

, described as "one of just a handful of documented ski descents on the Lhotse Face". Professional mountain guides Davenport and Beidelman reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 20, 2011 along with client Ephi Gildor.


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 and Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America, and is a contributor to several ski publications.

In mass media

Davenport has been featured in over twenty feature ski films, including those from Warren Miller Entertainment
Warren Miller (director)
Warren Miller is an American ski and snowboarding filmmaker. He is the founder of Warren Miller Entertainment and produced, directed and narrated his films until 1988. His credits include over 750 sports films, several books and hundreds of published non-fiction stories...

 and Matchstick Productions. Chris is also a TV reporter and color commentator for ESPN
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, ABC Sports, and RSN TV
Regional sports network
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