Chris Davenport to speak in Minturn Tuesday night
If you go
What: The Centennial Peaks: Skiing Colorado’s 100 Tallest and Lessons Learned featuring pro skier Chris Davenport.
Where: Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy in Minturn.
When: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
MINTURN — Two-time extreme skiing world champion Chris Davenport is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world. Among his many ski-mountaineering achievements, in 2007, Davenport became the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year.
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Tuesday will host a free event, open to the public: “The Centennial Peaks: Skiing Colorado’s 100 Tallest and the Lessons Learned.” Davenport will be discussing his extreme take on risk management and methods for decision-making while on expeditions, such as his conquest of the Colorado peaks.
“The presentation will be entertaining and informative for all members of the community, especially those who find themselves making quick decisions and managing risk in the outdoors,” Ski & Snowboard Club Vail General Manager Mike Trueblood said.
As part of his experience, Davenport has claimed numerous first descents around the globe, and recently guided a skiing expedition on Mount Everest. He’s been featured in more than 30 ski films, including Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions. He is also a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC sports and Outside Television.
The Colorado skier was recently named one of ESPN’s 10 Greatest American Freeskiers of all Time and was chosen as a 2014 honored member of the USA Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
The presentation, hosted by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, is at the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy in Minturn Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Rita’s two closest peers have climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak 21 times each, but both of them have retired from mountain climbing.