Chris Davenport’s path to the Hall of Fame |

Chris Davenport’s path to the Hall of Fame

John Meyer
The Denver Post
Chris Davenport and Ingrid Backstrom during the filming of "Faces of Dav" in Svalbard, Norway on May 28, 2014.
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Days after moving from his home in New Hampshire to attend the University of Colorado, Chris Davenport went exploring in a mountaineering store and discovered Lou Dawson’s classic two-volume guide to Colorado’s fourteeners. Davenport was a racer who had a vague idea he wanted to make a career out of skiing, and Dawson’s book became a signpost.

Dawson was the first to ski all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, an odyssey that took him 13 years.

“I loved that book,” Davenport said. “Not only was it a guide to the fourteeners, it included skiing for all the peaks. It was something I’d never seen before, a guide to ski mountaineering. That book became my bible.”

In 2007, Davenport made his own contribution to Colorado ski history, becoming the first to ski all of the fourteeners in a year. For that and many other achievements the Aspen resident was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame on Saturday in Steamboat Springs.

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