Two-time World Extreme Skiing Champ. Big mountain skier. Mountaineering pioneer. At 43, Chris Davenport is all these things, but more—a father, designer, guide. In the biggest film project he’s done in years, Davenport will show his many sides and the evolution of his decades-long career. The project, “The Faces of Dav,” is an eight-episode web series produced by Red Bull Media House.
EPISODE 1: The Adventurer
Chris Davenport returns to Bella Coola, British Columbia, seven years after his last trip with Doug Coombs, who died shortly after in a ski accident. In this episode, Dav goes on a six-day camping trip with big mountain skier Griffin Post and photographer Adam Clark. They hope to ski the lines Dav and Coombs skied, weather permitting.
EPISODE 2: The Engineer
In the second episode, Dav designs his own pair of Scarpa Freedom SL boots and Kastle FX freeride skis while visiting factories in Austria and Italy. Watch as he tests the product in Italy's Dolomites.
EPISODE 3: The Father
Dav embraces fatherhood—and being a pro skier. Watch to see how he reconciles the two demanding roles while raising a family in Aspen, Colorado.
EPISODE 4: The Explorer (Part 1)
Hungry for new terrain, Dav heads to Svalbard, Norway, an archipelago north of the Arctic Circle. With Ingrid Backstrom, James Heim, Michelle Parker, and Christian Pondella, he explores the fjords of Svalbard—best accessed by boat. Watch to see what happens when a massive storm swell hits, then check out this exclusive photo gallery with more shots.
EPISODE 5: The Explorer (Part 2)
Chris Davenport and the crew have been boat-bound after skiing couloirs in Svalbard, Norway. They witness calving glaciers and sea lions, but really want to ski. Finally on new terrain, the plans are comprimsed when half the team is pinned in a couloir during a class 2 avalanche.
EPISODE 6: The Mountaineer
Every 14,000-foot peak in Colorado? He's bagged 'em. But the top 100 highest peaks in the state still call Chris Davenport's name. Watch this episode to see how his goal of climbing the Centennial peaks in two years is unfolding.
EPISODE 7: The Powder Hound
Dav heads north with Daron Rahlves and Chris Benchetler in search of some fresh powder. In British Columbia they cruise the resort and then embark on an epic heliskiing trip at CMH. While in the backcountry Dav captures what could be the best POV shot ever. Dav breaks down the importance of these types of trips: "You don't have to go halfway around the world to find enjoyment in skiing. It's anywhere you want to go. Skiing's all about having fun."
EPISODE 8: The Legend
Legend status is not easy to achieve. It takes time, the right personality, and achievements that separate you from the pack. Since his earlier days of filming with Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions, Chris Davenport has been a recognized face in skiing for almost two decades. Legend status, however, is only proven by the perspective of your peers. Mike Douglas, James Heim, Ingrid Backstrom, and many more recount some of the most memorable moments in Davenport’s ski career in the series finale of the Faces of Dav.