Backcountry skier Chris Davenport to sign new book, premier movie in Steamboat |

Backcountry skier Chris Davenport to sign new book, premier movie in Steamboat

Movie premier at Ghost Ranch also included in visit

Chris Davenport stands at the top of 14,130-foot Capitol Peak before a ski descent on the newly minted South Face Davenport/Beidleman Route on April 20, 2006.

— Chris Davenport made laps around Colorado, hiking and skiing all the state's 14,000-foot peaks. He hasn't stopped traveling the world to ski since, and he'll share his stories in Steamboat Springs today.

Davenport will sign copies of his newest book, "50 Classic Ski De­­scents of North Amer­­­ica," from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Epilo­­gue Book Co. in downtown Steam­­boat Springs. He'll then be at the Steamboat premier of the movie "Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey," which chronicles a skiing adventure last year, at 7:30 p.m. at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

"I'm really looking forward to coming back up to Steamboat and going skiing," Davenport said.

He's managed to get plenty of skiing in around the world, but the book was a collaborative effort between many of backcountry skiing's biggest names. Davenport teamed with Aspen-area friends Art Burrows and Penn Newhard to put together a list of 50 of the best backcountry descents.

They didn't ski them all but enlisted those who had to help make decisions.

"This book is simply a collection of 50 gorgeous peaks with stories and photographs by top skiers," Davenport said. "Every­one has a favorite. Every­one agreed on certain ones, but the cool thing about skiing is it could be something different to everyone. … What you like can be very different from what I like.

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"There's something in this book for everyone."

The movie, meanwhile, was filmed last year and features what Davenport termed some of the most beautiful scenery he's ever seen.

"It's pretty unique. It takes you to a place where very few have ever skied or even seen," Davenport said. "It really changes people's perceptions on what Antarctica is all about. Most people think of it like a freezing cold, dry, flat place, but in fact there are gorgeous mountain ranges."