March 9-10, 2019

2019 Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival

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Kit DesLauriers – 2018 Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival

The North Face athlete Kit DesLauriers will be presenting at the 2018 Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival.

Professional ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers will be talking about her ski mountaineering adventures throughout the world.

The North Face Athlete Team

Kit DesLauriers

Kit first realized she wanted to ski the big stuff while standing atop a mountain in Sikkim, India, in 1998. Looking around at the majestic Himalayan peaks where so many others had come in search of life-changing moments, Kit had her own epiphany when she couldn’t shake one thought: Why didn’t she bring her skis?

It was then she decided to focus on ski mountaineering and began refining her skills so that she could ski anything, anywhere in the world. And focus she did: she now has several first descents to her name, including the first ski descent of the Polish Glacier on Aconcagua in Argentina, first female ski descent of Vinson Massif in Antarctica, and the first woman to ski from the summit of Mt. Everest, Nepal. In addition to being an accomplished skier and ski mountaineer, Kit is an experienced rock climber and has added road and mountain bike racing to her summertime endeavors.

During a 2010 ski expedition to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, Kit skied the highest mountain in the Brooks Range/Arctic Refuge and then 60 miles north to the Beaufort Sea. Of this journey Kit says, “It is the one place in the world that I have been that I know I will go back to. The Arctic Refuge has the wildest silence of anyplace I’ve visited and I believe strongly in protecting the entire ecosystem with a wilderness designation.”

When she’s not skiing, climbing or biking, Kit is busy raising her two young daughters in a way that encourages their appreciation for the natural world and gives them the skills to move around comfortably in the outdoors. Both Grace and Tia love to hike, ski, camp, climb, and grow vegetables with their Mom and Dad.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Ski Mountaineering

  • 2011 Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame Inductee
  • First ski descents in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK including Mt. Isto, the highest in the Brooks Range, April 2010
  • First Person to Ski From All Seven Summits and First Woman to Ski From Summit of Everest, October 2006
  • Polish Glacier, Aconcagua, Argentina (22,834 ft.): first complete descent direct from the summit, December 2005
  • Vinson Massif, Antarctica (16,067 ft.): first female ski descent, December 2005
  • Mt. Elbrus, Russia (18,540 ft., highest mountain in Europe): first female ski descent down the North Face, June 2005
  • Mt. McKinley, Alaska (20,320 ft., highest mountain in North America): first American female ski descent (2nd woman ever), May 2004
  • Mt. Aspiring, New Zealand (3,033 m.): first female ski descent and first descent of Therma Glacier, November 2003
  • Ford Couloir, Grand Teton, Wyoming (13,770 ft.), multiple descents

Free Skiing

  • 2005 Freeskiing World Tour Women’s Champion
  • 2005 U.S. Freeskiing Women’s Champion
  • 2004 Freeskiing World Tour Women’s Champion

Media Highlights

  • Kit’s accomplishment and the Everest expedition was also featured in USA Today article, “Everest Crowning Glory of Seven Peak Dream” and CBS Online/The Early Show, “First Woman Skis Mount Everest”
  • Outside magazine: named one of the “Top 25 Athletes of the Year,”
  • Skiing magazine: awarded Kit the “Female Golden Crampon award”
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Want to see Kit's Presentation?

Kit will be the main presenter during the Après Ski Party at TBD on Saturday March 10th, 2018. All registration levels include access to this event.

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