Silverton Avalanche School activities continue this weekend with Chris Davenport speaking 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Silverton Town Hall.
Admission is free for avalanche school students. Others are welcome, with a $2 fee.
Avalanche school director Jim Donovan said there are still a few slots open for the Level I avalanche course this weekend at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area.
For more information, call (970) 903-7039.
Davenport, of Aspen, is considered one of the world’s most accomplished big mountain skiers. A former alpine downhill racer, Chris made his mark in the freeskiing community when he won the 1996 World Extreme Skiing Championships in Alaska.
In 2000, he managed to land on the podium in each Freeskiing World Tour event he participated in, and the next year he won his second World Championship at the 2001 Red Bull Snow Thrill of Alaska.
In addition to his competitive prowess, Chris is the author of “Ski The 14ers” and contributor to several ski publications, and has been featured in more than 20 feature ski films, including those from Warren Miller Entertainment and Matchstick Productions.
Chris is also a TV reporter and color commentator for ESPN, ABC Sports, and RSN TV. Under the auspices of his company, Davenport MountainSport Inc., Chris has organized numerous events, including ski photo competitions and the U.S. National Paragliding Championships.
He is an avid mountaineer, with ascents of summits around the globe under his belt. Chris has climbed to 8,000 meters on Makalu in the Himalayas, skied first descents in Denali National Park, skied all 54 of Colorado 14,000-foot peaks in less then one year, and done many significant first descents around the globe.
When not traveling around the world skiing, guiding, or doing slideshows and lectures, Chris recreates around Aspen and Snowmass with his wife Jesse and sons Stian, Topher, and Archer.
On Friday evening, Jan. 21, the avalanche school will again present a free movie at Town Hall — “A Dozen More Turns,” an avalanche awareness film, at 7 p.m.