Author and professional skier Chris Davenport speaks in Vail |

Author and professional skier Chris Davenport speaks in Vail

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyChris Davenport, author of "Ski the 14ers," will speak at Donovan Pavilion tonight at 6 p.m. about his quest to ski each of Colorado's 54 peaks over 14,000 feet.

VAIL, Colorado ” Skiing and High Mountain Peaks: In this area, these two ideas go together like peanut butter and jelly, or chocolate on Valentine’s Day. For professional freeskier Chris Davenport, the two ideas melded together as a challenge: Ski Colorado’s 54 peaks over 14,000 feet in one year. He did it. On this Valentine’s Day, he will be at Donovan Pavilion for the Vail Symposium’s Unlimited Adventure Series at 6 p.m. to share his quest.

Poster-boy for extreme adventure skiing, Chris Davenport is considered by many to be one of the highest level alpine athletes in the world. Davenport is a two-time World Extreme Skiing Champion, winner of the 24 Hours of Aspen, and winner of the Red Bull Snowthrill of Alaska. Davenport has starred in 14 feature films produced by Warren Miller Entertainment and Matchstick Productions. He is a commentator for ESPN and ABC Sports. He has also written articles for Powder, Skiing, Daily Mail Ski (U.K.) and Aspen Magazine. Davenport has won the Powder Magazine Reader’s Poll Award three times, was an NEA Award Nominee and won the Red Bull Snowthrill of Alaska World Champions’ Choice Award.

In completion of Mission 54:14, Davenport climbed over 200,000 vertical feet from January 2006 to January 2007, battling all elements of Colorado weather, from blue-bird skies to sub-zero temperatures and from intense winds to watery-ice. Many of the routes were extremely technical, and ski conditions ranged from powder to barely any snow cover. Davenport will be introduced by his longtime friend and fellow ski icon, Chris Anthony.

While many others have tried to accomplish the feat of climbing and skiing all 54 peaks, the only other person to complete the challenge was Hall of Fame member Lou Dawson, who took 13 years to complete the feat. Davenport’s new book, “Ski the 14ers” is a photo expose of his ambitious adventures and first-hand reports, and it will be available for purchase and signing at the talk.

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