Kit DesLauriers, First-Descender

Kit DesLaurier on Everest. Photo courtesy www.kitdski.com
Kit DesLaurier on Everest. Photo courtesy www.kitdski.com

 

“Why didn’t I bring my skis?”

Kit DesLauriers asked herself this question while on a Himalayan mountaintop near Sikkim, India in the late ’90s.

So in the subsequent years she changed her focus to ski mountaineering and soon she was skiing the big stuff all over the world. Kit can claim several first-ever descents, including the first ski descent of the Polish Glacier route on Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, first female ski descent of Vinson Massif in Antarctica, and the first woman to ski from the summit of Everest.

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Two-time World Freeskiing Women’s Champion and the first person to ski from the highest point on each of the seven continents – aka the Seven Summits – DesLauriers lives in Teton Village, WY.

During an expedition to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, she skied the highest mountain in the Brooks Range/Arctic Refuge and then 60 miles north to the Beaufort Sea.

 

DesLaurier in the Arctic Refuge. Photo courtesy www.kitdski.com
DesLaurier in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Photo courtesy www.kitdski.com

 

“It is the one place in the world that I have been that I know I will go back to,” says Kit. “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.”

Inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame, Kit DesLaurier is also a member of the Protect Our Winters Riders Alliance and is a board member at Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free.

Accomplishments: 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

Kit is a 1% for the Planet Ambassador

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