Top this: Dav, Tom Z nail ‘Skiing’ cover |

Top this: Dav, Tom Z nail ‘Skiing’ cover

Tim Mutrie
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Chris Davenport had been eyeing this line for eight years.

Trouble was, “the landing is painfully flat,” said Davenport, an internationally renowned professional freeskier.

After the bountiful week of snow around New Year’s, however, the sketchy landing zone ” off a 70- or 80-foot cliff, skier’s left of Possible Gully at the Snowmass Ski Area ” began looking promising. Doable perhaps.

“Because it was January, it hadn’t all filled in there yet to flatten it out,” Davenport said. “So with all that new snow, this little dish at the bottom gave me something to shoot for.”

On Jan. 5, the day after Davenport’s 33rd birthday, he clicked into his 195-cm Salomon AK Rockets and went for it.

“I just kinda aimed for the dish.”

Meanwhile, Aspen freelance photographer Tomas Zuccareno, or “Tom Z,” was in place to capture the moment ” which lasted 18 frames on his camera ” and earn him his first magazine cover shot.

“I’m really happy for him,” Dav said. “It really doesn’t get any bigger than that.”

To celebrate the occasion, Zuccareno is throwing a party tonight at 7 p.m. at Hamilton Sports in Aspen. Word has it that Zuccareno’s garage is filled with 200 cases of beer ” bounty from a recent poker game ” which should keep things rolling for a while.

“He’ll be throwing a rager, celebrating the local ski community and his cover,” said Davenport.

Davenport has since named the line, which began with several pillow drops to get into position for the huck, “The D-Zone.”

“The pillow lines all broke away and started sluffing huge off the cliff beneath me,” Davenport said.

“But it all went well; pretty much stuck the landing, a little in the back seat. The snow was pretty deep so I left a pretty sizable bomb hole, but I popped outa there, skied away and just felt the adrenaline start pumping.

“After looking at it for so long, it felt pretty awesome. And then when I saw the smile on Tom’s face, that made me feel pretty good.”

Davenport also appears inside the magazine, in at least two powderized action portraits shot in Chile over the summer, and this week he’s filming with Warren Miller crews in Snowmass.

“Tom Z’s shot is the first major freeskiing cover to come out of Snowmass, so with the new terrain, the freeskiing comps and all the energy that’s going on out there, this kinda puts the icing on the cake,” he said.


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