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October 30, 2022 115 mins

Kit DesLauriers - The 1st Person to Ski All of the "Seven Summits", National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, 2-Time Freeskiing Champion

Episode #41

Brought to you by Gunnison Crested Butte & Alta Ski Area  

My guest today is Kit DesLauriers:

  • Kit was the very first person to ski from each of the legendary Seven Summits - the highest peaks on every continent
  • She was the first woman to have won 2 consecutive World Freeskiing Champion titles, in 2004 and 2005
  • Kit was the 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the year
  • In 2019 she was inducted into the US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame
  • Kit has been on the North Face Global Athlete Team since 2005

This episode is brought to you by Gunnison Crested Butte:

If you're looking for a heart-pounding Colorado ski trip this winter, check out Gunnison and Crested Butte. Ski Crested Butte’s legendary extreme terrain for glades, bowls, chutes and cliffs that will challenge your abilities and keep you coming back for more. After lifts close, explore the Gunnison Valley’s mountain towns for unique restaurants and historic Colorado charm. Visit to start planning your trip!

Searching for a university? Love to ski? Check out the Mountain Sports program at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. The Western Colorado University Mountain Sports program allows you to compete in skiing, snowboarding or other outdoor sports while getting a degree in a tight-knit, hands-on learning environment. Learn more at

If you're a diehard skier, you've probably heard of Crested Butte, Colorado. Located deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at the literal end of the road, the Gunnison Valley looks like a scene in a snow globe. The extreme terrain of Crested Butte Mountain Resort has been the stuff of legend for decades. But don’t take our word for it—come ski it for yourself! Learn more at

This episode of the SnowBrains Podcast is brought to you by Alta Ski Area  

There are few precious places in the world like Alta, an independently-owned ski area since 1938. Nestled at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon deep in the Wasatch, Alta is a skier’s-only mountain, known around the globe for its powder skiing. With an annual snowfall average of 538 inches, powder days are a way of life.

Alta Ski Area, home to one of the first ski areas to open in the United States and the birthplace of avalanche forecasting and mitigation in North America. The skiing technique, lifts, lodges and ski gear have changed with the times, but there is a timeless spirit at Alta that remains. Perhaps it is because generations of skiers have been able to pass on their love for the mountain.

Alta Ski Area, home of the biggest average annual snowfall in the Rocky Mountains

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