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Mar 26, 2024 by Megan Michelson
Photograph Dave Steiner Courtesy Chris Davenport

Meet an Athlete: Chris Davenport

Pro Skier, Guide, Brand Ambassador & Storyteller

Home Base / Aspen, Colorado

Activities / Backcountry skiing, mountaineering

Why Chris

One of the most prolific professional skiers of his generation, Chris Davenport has touched nearly every aspect of his sport, from films to guiding to gear. He’s evolved from ski racer to extreme skiing champion, from ski film star to backcountry pioneer. This is the guy who skied the 100 highest peaks in Colorado, co-authored the book, “Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America,” and skied off the top of the Lhotse Face. He has notched first descents from Alaska to Antarctica. 

“It’s been a natural progression,” Davenport says. “I’ve always been curious about wanting to try new things in the mountains. What’s great about this sport is that skiing evolves, just as we do.” Now decades into his career and a member of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, Davenport is omnipresent in the world of skiing. These days, he’s mostly focused on guiding clients and hosting camps in snowy places all over the world as well as helping to guide brands with content creation in big mountains and the wider outdoors.

In the industry, Chris is known as "Dav." He's been a ski racer, extreme skier, a "freeski mountaineer," and an acclaimed guide. Photo Dave Steiner.

Chris has been one of my go-to ski partners for three decades now, and he’s always an integral part of any ski trip or expedition we’ve been on. His experience, professionalism, athleticism, and wise decision making has allowed him to be at the forefront of skiing and ski mountaineering for decades. He’s like the Tom Brady of the ski industry.

Christian Pondella Adventure photographer
Dav in Portillo, Chile. Photo: Jesse Hoffman.
Location: Antartica | Photo: Dave Steiner

Specialized Skills

In addition to hosting big-mountain ski camps in Chile and Japan and guiding trips to far-flung mountains from Greenland to the Alps, Davenport is also an experienced public speaker, often taking on the subject of risk management in the mountains. “I’ve always enjoyed being a storyteller,” he says. “I’m passionate about the mountains, so sharing stories and lessons I’ve learned comes naturally. My hope is to inspire people to get out there and live their best lives.”

Freeski Mountaineering is about bringing the fluidity of freeskiing to ski mountaineering. Dav is a pioneer. Photo: Dave Steiner

What's Next

Davenport has hosted his Superstars Ski Camp in Portillo, Chile, since the early 2000s. This past January, he brought the camp to the Myoko region of Japan. It was the first time the camp took place outside of Chile.

Dav is on tap to be one of Hence's first "Expert Leads." As such, he'll be available for consultant work through the platform. Stay tuned for more. Location Cariboo Mountains, BC. Photo: Danny Stoffel