What: Modern Ski Mountaineering with Chris Davenport
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Boulder REI store, 1789 28th St.
More info: rei.com/boulder
Since it’s nearly impossible to keep up with big-mountain skier Chris Davenport on sticks, you may want to take advantage of the chance to meet him off the snow, at his talk and book signing in Boulder on Thursday.
Davenport — professional skier and Warren Miller film star — will be at the Boulder REI store at 6:30 p.m. to talk about his ski mountaineering adventures around the world.
The University of Colorado alumnus was on a tour through the fall to promote two projects — his film, “Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey,” and his newest book, “Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America.” On Thursday night, he’ll show clips from the film, an hour-long documentary about sailing to and skiing in Antarctica, and talk about and sign the book.
Davenport said he and his friend, Penn Newhard, had the 1979 book “Fifty Classic Climbs of North America,” in mind when they decided to publish their book of ski descents.
“Penn and I wanted to put something together that would be inspiring for skiers and snowboarders,” Davenport said. “We’re both climbers, and I grew up as a climber and had that book, and I always thought it would be a cool thing to translate into the ski world.”
Davenport said he thinks the book contains the most beautiful, aesthetic lines to ski in North America. He said he, Newhard and their third co-author, Art Burrows, reached out to skiers and alpinists in every region for input on which lines should be included in the 50 classics.
“Ultimately, we’re just three guys from Colorado, and we’ve skied a lot of places, but if we’re going to write this book, we need to know what we’re talking about.”
Of the 50, five are in Colorado. Davenport, who has skied (and covered in his other book, “Ski the 14ers”) all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, penned the section on Pyramid Peak, which is outside of Aspen, where he lives.
Of the Colorado peaks, Pyramid is the one that stands out in his mind, he said.
“It has an incredible east face that was first skied in 1978 by guy named Chris Landry,” he said. “It went unskied for 28 years, until I went back and skied it in 2006” for his “Ski the 14ers” project.
Adam Lagendyk, a skier who works in the snowsports department at REI Boulder, said he was excited to learn that Davenport was making an appearance at the store.
“He’s a big name, especially for Boulder,” he said. “I’ve been following him since I was little. He’s a very true skier, he does a lot for the sport.”