Jumpstart your winter season with renowned CU ski panelists!
|Check out the video above for a glimpse into Chris Davenport’s (Hist’93) exciting career.|
Check out the video above for a quick glimpse into Chris Davenport’s (Hist’93) career.
Join us in the Club Level of Folsom Field for lunch and an exciting look into the ski industry on Friday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.!
Hear from legendary extreme skier Chris Davenport (Hist’93), the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14ers in one year and who has been featured in more than 30 films from Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions. The panel also will include COO of Vail Mountain Chris Jarnot (Bus’89), head CU ski coach Richard Rokos and CU freestyle ski coach Palmer Hoyt (Fin’05).
The cost is $15 (complimentary for students and Herd Members) and includes lunch.
Smart Luncheon Speaker Bios
Chris Davenport (Hist’93)
Extreme Skier and Commentator
Two-time world champion skier Chris Davenport (Hist’93) is regarded as one of the premier big-mountain skiers in the world today. Among his many ski mountaineering achievements, Davenport became the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year in 2007. He has numerous first descents of peaks around the globe and has guided and skied on Mount Everest. Davenport has been featured in more than 30 ski films by Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions.
He also is a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC Sports and Outside Television and is an Olympic and World Cup announcer for ski racing events. Davenport is a professional speaker who often lectures on risk management as it relates to business and mountain sports. He is author of two beautiful 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 Aspen, Colo., with his wife and three boys.
Chris Jarnot (Bus’89)
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Vail Mountain
Chris Jarnot (Bus’89) is based in Vail and is responsible for all of Vail Resorts’ business and operations on Vail Mountain. He also oversees the operation of Beaver Creek Resort.
Prior to 2008, Jarnot was responsible for marketing and sales for Vail’s mountain resorts as well as its hotel and property management businesses, including the RockResorts luxury hotel brand, as senior vice president of marketing and sales for the company.
Jarnot has held numerous positions with Vail since 1989, beginning as an advertising intern and later director of advertising and direct marketing, director of reservations and vice president of marketing for Vail and Beaver Creek.
Jarnot serves on the boards of the Vail Valley Foundation and the Vail Valley Medical Center. He is married with three children.
Head Coach, CU Ski Team
Richard Rokos is the 11th and longest-tenured head coach in CU ski history. He has guided Colorado to six national championships, winning NCAA crowns in 1991, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2006 and 2011. In addition, his Buffs have won individual titles (32 total) over the span of 14 different years. His skiers, alpine and Nordic, have posted 258 top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. This total includes 111 first team All-Americans, with 34 earning two-time single-year All-American mention, and 63 second-team All-Americans.
One of Rokos’ greatest accomplishments has been turning what was once essentially an individual sport into a team event at CU, pulling together divergent skiers — men and women, Nordic and alpine.His philosophy is to be an educator and coach to understand the physical and psychological significance of a student-athlete and to introduce team concepts of harmony and mutual support. Credit Rokos for the strong camaraderie because there is very little that he asks of his skiers that he doesn’t do himself, including 6 a.m. ice hockey games, off-season dryland training, mountain bike rides from Boulder to Winter Park and back, hiking Pikes Peak, playing soccer and rollerblading through Boulder.
Though he has been notified on seven different occasions that he was the selection for the RMISA coach of the year, the last time for 2011, Rokos declines the honor for personal reasons, mainly that he feels the student-athletes deserve the credit.
Palmer Hoyt (Fin’05)
Head Coach, CU Freestyle Ski Team
Since graduating from CU, Palmer Hoyt (Fin’05) has built businesses, skied his heart out and spent eight years as director and head coach of the University of Colorado freestyle ski team. During Hoyt’s tenure as head coach of the program, he has overseen five national collegiate freestyle skiing championships and 39 individual first-place national finishes. The CU freestyle ski team is not only wins championships but creates skiers with character through integrity-based development.
Hoyt is the author of Love to Ski, a curriculum, philosophy and movement revolutionizing skiing improvement and personal development. Through the integration of Love to Ski with the freestyle ski program, Hoyt has instituted a value-based leadership system and a culture of social responsibility and personal achievement.
Hoyt contributes to the ski industry as a Vail-based professional ski athlete, skiing for photos and videos published internationally.