Chris Davenport to be inducted into Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame, Oct. 14 | VailDaily.com

Chris Davenport to be inducted into Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame, Oct. 14

Colorado Snowsports Museum
Special to the Daily

VAIL — One of the most important annual celebrations of the state's snowsports industry, the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Induction Gala is a unique opportunity to meet, mix and mingle with the men and women who have shaped the Colorado ski and snowboard industry.

In conjunction with the Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, Oct. 14, the Colorado Snowsports Museum this week will be profiling the five members of the Class of 2017 in the Vail Daily.

Chris Davenport

Aspen's Chris Davenport's career encompasses nearly every aspect of skiing, and with each one, Davenport's participation has brought visibility to aspects of the sport that would grow into major segments of their own.

After ski racing at the University of Colorado, Davenport got involved in the nascent big-mountain competition scene, starting with the U.S. Extreme Skiing Championships in Crested Butte in 1994. His career took off when he won the 1996 and 2001 World Extreme Championships in Alaska.

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For most of the past decade, Davenport's primary focus has been on backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. In 2007, he became the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks in one year, adding another 46 13,000-foot peaks to the record in 2015. As a result, Davenport was named National Geographic's "Adventurer of the Year" for his vision and success on the Colorado-based project.

He has authored two coffee table books that celebrate Colorado's mountains, "Ski the 14ers" and "Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America."

He has skied and guided on six continents, helping a client to the summit of Mount Everest in 2011, skiing the rare descent of the Lhotse Face along the way. Most recently, he was named one of ESPN's 10 Greatest American Freeskiers of all time and was inducted into the 2015 class of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

His accomplishments have brought tremendous visibility to the sport that makes Colorado the desired destination for skiers from all over the world.

If you go …

What: The Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Induction Gala.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14.

Where: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, 715 W Lionshead Circle, Lionshead Village.

Cost: Individual general admission tickets are $225, reserved tickets are $325 and tables start at $3,250.

More information: For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame at http://www.skimuseum.net or call 970-476-1876.