We’re psyched here at SCARPA to welcome big mountain skier Chris Davenport to the SCARPA roster. Not only is Dav a recognized face on the freeskiing scene, he’s a guy that understands ski products, thanks to the many days he logs each year and his racing background.
Which also makes him an idea guy to help the SCARPA team develop a new line of SCARPA freeride boots that will be available at the consumer level in Fall 2013. He’s already been testing boots on a recent trip to Chile and providing feedback. He talked a little more about the project with Mountain Magazine, Gear Institute and Earn Your Turns in recent days.
Plus, he’s an awesome ambassador for the sport, a really open, approachable skier, and that’s the kind of people that we also like to work with here at SCARPA.
“I’m a product guy, a gear geek if you will. I love equipment, I love tweaking it, and I believe that you can always make a better product,” Davenport said. “SCARPA is super well respected in the world of skiing, so for me, this a chance to work with an already great line of products, but also a chance to help create something innovative and new.”
“There’s very definitely an opportunity in the freeride category – a product for a specific set of needs that doesn’t yet exist in the marketplace,” he said. “I’m not just joining SCARPA, I’m joining SCARPA to be involved in the development of the strongest boot line yet specifically built for the needs of freeride and sidecountry skiers.”
Another factor that Davenport said attracted him to working with SCARPA was meeting the Parisotto family that owns the company, along with the SCARPA North America team, and seeing their passion for developing game-changing products for skiing and mountain sports.
“We’re all product people, we love having the right product, the best thing out there, the most high performance thing we can have,” Davenport said. “So I think that also makes this a great match.”
A little more background about Dav: After beginning his skiing career as a racer, Chris was a fixture on the freeskiing scene for a decade, winning two Freeskiing World Championships, an X-Games medal, and many Powder Magazine Reader’s Poll Awards. Among his many ski mountaineering achievements, he became the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year (2007) and recently guided and skied on Mt. Everest. Chris has numerous first descents of peaks around the globe under his belt, and has been featured in more than 30 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. A professional speaker who often lectures on risk management as it relates to business and mountain sports, Chris is the author of two 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, he resides in the Aspen, Colo., area with his wife and three boys.