Episode 9: Chris Davenport - Snow Is Money



Two-time World Champion skier Chris Davenport is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today.  Among his many ski mountaineering achievements, in 2007 Chris became the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year.  He has numerous first descents of peaks around the globe under his belt, and recently guided and skied on Mt. Everest. Chris has been featured in more than thirty ski films by Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions.

He is also a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC sports, and Outside Television, and is an Olympic and World Cup announcer for ski racing events. Chris is a professional speaker who often lectures on risk management as it relates to business and mountain sports. Chris is the author of two beautiful coffee-table books that celebrate North America’s mountains, Ski The 14ers and Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. When not traveling the globe Chris resides in Aspen, Colorado with his wife and three boys.

This week we interview Chris Davenport. A two-time World Champion big-mountain skier based in Aspen, Colorado. What has impressed us most about Chris is not that he’s summited Everest or skied the 100 highest peaks in Colorado or raise three-humans (all skiers) with his wife, but that he has managed to transition through numerous evolutions as skier to maintain a 25-year professional athletic career. It’s uncommon for people to have a 25-year career doing anything, let alone skiing, but Chris has figured out how.


  • Why it’s so important to pay attention to the business model behind your passion

  • How to build your personal brand-equity

  • When saying “no” to an opportunity may be saying “yes” to your dreams

  • What goes into decision-making in the mountains

  • Why using your voice for advocacy is one of the most important things we can instill in the next generation


“I realized to be successful was going to require much more than just being a good skier.”

“I always find that the best ideas always come when you’re out in the mountains.”

“If I could point to one thing in my career that has been the most important is that I always had great people around me. They were maybe better skiers, maybe more thoughtful, maybe more patient, but together we made incredible teams.”

“When there’s political will to make a change, change will happen.”

“Snow is money, snow is jobs. And we all need that. We can make a very strong economic argument for snowy winters and more mild summers.”

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