Chris

Davenport

„The thing that most excites me about Kästle is the legendary brand name is back to make the most high performance all-mountain skis in the market today.  When you can blend a rich and unique history with fabulous craftsmanship and technology it is bound to be a winner on all fronts!“

In Chris Davenport, Kästle has teamed up with one of the most ambitious and accomplished free skiers in the world. A former alpine downhill racer, Davenport has won many freeskiing competitions including the 1996 and 2001 World Extreme Skiing Championships in Alaska. Davenport is a regular contributor to several ski publications, and has been featured in over twenty feature ski films. Davenport is also a TV reporter and color commentator for ESPN and ABC Sports. Last year, Davenport climbed and skied down all 54 of Colorado’s fourteen-thousand-foot peaks.

Athlet:
Chris Davenport
Birthday:
04.01.1971
Nationality:
United States
Hometown:
Aspen, CO
Home Spot:
Aspen/Snowmass
Favourite Spot:
top of every mountain
Profession:
Freeski Pro and Alpinist

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Details about Chris Davenport

Skiing Background:


Grew up as a ski racer in New England and then went to race for University of Colorado.  Quickly realized in college that there was much more to the world of skiing than racing, so retired from racing and began pursuing a life in the big mountains.

Biggest success:




The spirit of skiing:


It is all about sharing adventurous experiences with friends in beautiful mountain environments.

The most risky experience:


Winning the 1998 24 Hours of Aspen was as deep as I have ever gone physically and mentally, total suffering and pain to win that one.

The most painful experience:


Winning the 1998 24 Hours of Aspen was as deep as I have ever gone physically and mentally, total suffering and pain to win that one.

The ultimate day on the mountain:


An early morning start in the dark, skinning silently through the forest to catch the sunrise above tree-line.  Then a steep and challenging climb up to the summit with a few friends, followed by an epic, long descent back to the valley below.

What goes throught your head before dropping a big face/ doing a trick?


I try and focus my energies at being calm and relaxed and enjoying every moment. I’m also always thinking about the snow… will it move?  Or is it stable?  You have to be on your toes at all times in the mountains.

Reminescence about KÄSTLE:


Although I never raced or skied on Kästle myself, so many of my friends had Kästle skis, and they always seemed fast.  The tradition of Kästle in the USA is deep and everyone has a story to tell about Kästle.

Three reasons why KÄSTLE:


1. They take race ski technology and apply it to all-mountain skis… so the performance is awesome. 2. They are built by true craftsmen and skiers in Austria. These guys know what they are doing when it comes to building skis. 3. Kästle is a small company with a focus on quality and performance, not mass-production of cheap skis. I like the best of everything, including skis, so Kästle is an obvious choice.

What do you do in summer?


In the summer I am a fanatic about bikes.  I ride my road bike, mountain bike, and single speed bike almost every day.  I also love rock climbing and occasionally fly my paraglider of off Aspen Mountain to go soar among the peaks.  I also love hiking and camping with my family.

Role models/ Idols that inspire you?


The people that inspire me are those who set high goals for themselves and then figure out how to make those goals a reality.  Many legendary alpinists are role models for me, from Gaston Rebuffat to Reinhold Messner to Kurt Diemberger.

Passions:


Always giving 100 percent at whatever I do.  Really my passions lie in two areas: the mountains and my family.  When I can combine those two and have a great climbing or camping trip in the mountains with my wife and three kids I am the most happy.

2007
Everest Award Winner - Expedition of the year ("Ski the 14ers")

2007
Red Bull Jungfrau Staffette (1st Place)

20+ feature ski films including those from Warren Miller Entertainment and Matchstick Productions. Latest releases include"In Deep: The Skiing Experience" from Matchstick Productions and “Steep” from Documentary Group.

2010
California 14ers trip- skied 8 14,000-foot peaks in the Sierra Nevada of California in 10 days with partner Christian Pondella. Film trip to the Chugach Mountains, Alaska with Warren Miller Films. Ski trip to the Selkirk Mountains of Canada to attempt first descent of Mt. Sir Sanford South Face- failed due to conditions. Research trip for new book- "Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America".

2009
Ski mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada, California with Christian Pondella- Skied 5 14,000-foot peaks. Ski descents of the Grand Teton and Middle Teton, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and first descents of East Face of Thunder Pyramid and Chair Mountain near Aspen. Ski Expedition to Denali, Alaska. Skied 4 first descents and 8 routes total during the trip.

2008
The "Alps Project" with partner Stian Hagen- skied the Matterhorn East Face, Eiger West Face, North Face of Mt. Blanc, and Marinelli Couloir on Monte Rosa.  Filmed for Matchstick Productions. Antarctica "Ski Cruise". My first ski trip to the Antarctic Peninsula.

2007
Finished the "Ski the 14ers" project- climbed and skied all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks in one year. Ski descents of the Grand Teton and Middle Teton, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and first descents of East Face of Thunder Pyramid and Chair Mountain near Aspen. Ski Expedition to Denali, Alaska. Skied 4 first descents and 8 routes total during the trip.

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