Two-time World Champion skier Chris Davenport is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today. Among his many ski mountaineering achievements, in 2007 Chris became the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year. He has numerous first descents of peaks around the globe under his belt, and recently guided and skied on Mt. Everest.
Chris has been featured in more than thirty ski films by Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions. He is also a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC sports, and Outside Television, and is an Olympic and World Cup announcer for ski racing events. Chris is a professional speaker who often lectures on risk management as it relates to business and mountain sports.
Chris is the author of two beautiful coffee-table books that celebrate North America’s mountains, Ski The 14ers and Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. In early 2013 Chris was included in ESPN’s “50 Most Influential People In Action Sports” list. When not traveling the globe Chris resides in Aspen, Colorado with his wife Jessie, and their three boys, Stian, Topher, and Archer.
More info on Dav can be found on his website, chrisdavenport.com.
Chris’s 14er ski descents are posted here on Skithe14ers.com
Christy & Ted Mahon
Christy and Ted were married in 2009 and have been partners in their mountain pursuits since they first met.
A Centennial State native, Christy’s love for climbing and skiing mountains began in 1999 with her arrival to Aspen. She finished climbing the 14ers in 2005, and in 2010 became the first woman to ski them all. Later that same year, she completed climbing the Centennials, notching a few ski descents a long the way.
She has completed a dozen Elk Mountain Grand Traverses, many with Ted, near 20 ultra marathons including the grueling Wasatch and Leadville 100’s, the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim, and the Zion Traverse. She’s summited high peaks in South America as well as the 22,500 foot Ama Dablam in the Himalaya, and has skied around the world, including classics such as the Haute Route, the Bugaboos to Rogers Pass Traverse.
When she’s not in Aspen working as the Development Director for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), she loves getting out in the mountains, the farther and higher the better.
Ted left New York for Aspen in 1994 to ski for a season, and never looked back. He finished climbing the 14ers in 2001, the Centennials in 2006, and became the third person to ski the 14ers in 2008. He’s racked up peak ascents around the world including Everest, Denali, Ama Dablam, high summits in Ecuador and Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. He has logged ski descents all over, including many of the high peaks of the Pacific Northwest, the Grand Teton, and a first descent of the North Face of the Gunnbjornfjeld, Greenland’s tallest mountain.
When summer arrives and the skis are put away, he’s still out on the trails and the mountains, guiding guests on the trails and peaks around Aspen and completing running courses of all manners and styles including ten Hardrock 100’s. In the winter months if he’s not out in the mountains, he’s probably working on one, as a ski instructor for more than 20 years on Aspen Mountain.
More info on Christy and Ted, including their 14er ski descents, can be found on their blog, Stuck in the Rockies.