"I congratulate CMH on the concept of the ambassador trips and on enabling people like me to spend time with people like Julia Mancuso. Everyone who comes back, becomes an ambassador in their own right for CMH and talks not just about how good the skiing is, but about how great the experience is. I last went on a CMH heli trip in 1987. Being able to ski with Julia got me back. And from now on when I talk to my friends, it is not just about heli and skiing and vertical feet; it is about the total experience."
~ CMH Guest, Scott Spector upon returning from his trip with Julia Mancuso @ CMH Gothics in 2015
Chris Benchetler's earliest skiing memory seems to have clearly defined his future. He remembers tumbling down Monument (a run from the top of Mammoth Mountain) in a red one-piece and crying when he reached the bottom. His dad made him get up and ski it again.
Today, the story reads a bit differently as Chris now has his own pro model ski with Atomic, “The Bent_Chetler,” and develops multiple other signature pieces for Dragon and Dakine. Chris has been quoted saying, “I try to share how I see skiing in such a way that it motivates people, young and old, to look at our sport and the terrain with a fresh perspective. I hope to inspire them to slash, do a 360, or try a butter, and break away from the norm.”
Chris then started competing in slopestyle, but shortly after met the film crew Poorboyz Productions, and realized he could ski powder for a living. He quickly bailed on the contest scene and started chasing his true passion; deep snow.
Now Chris is known for traveling the world and skiing in front of a camera for Nimbus Independent, which is a production company he, Eric Pollard, Pep Fujas, and Andy Mahre started in 2008. He has also been featured in films with TGR, Sweet Grass Productions, Warren Miller, and MSP. Chris was one of Skiing Magazine’s 2010 Skiers of The Year, competed in X-Games Real Ski, and has had countless editorial and video pieces over the years.
February 25 – March 4, 2017: CMH Monashees
Chris Davenport, two-time World Champion skier, is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today. Among his many ski mountaineering achievements, in 2007 Chris became the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year. He has numerous first descents of peaks around the globe under his belt, and recently guided and skied on Mt. Everest Chris has been featured in more than thirty ski films by Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions.
He is also a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC sports, and Outside Television, and is an Olympic and World Cup announcer for ski racing events. Chris is a professional speaker who often lectures on risk management as it relates to business and mountain sports. Chris is the 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 Chris resides in Aspen, Colorado with his wife and three boys.
Sherry McConkey, an avid world traveler, was born in Ireland, raised in South Africa, and began her global journey in 1989. After traveling through Europe and Canada, she landed in Lake Tahoe, which she still calls home.
A passion for the outdoors connected Sherry to legendary free ski pioneer Shane McConkey. The two were married in Thailand in 2004 and their greatest creation, Ayla, came along in 2005. Shane passed away in 2009.
Through both her life with Shane, and his death, Sherry has come to believe that with desire, passion, and a goal, anything is possible. Despite the grief after losing him, Sherry knew she wanted to carry on Shane's legacy. She turned moments of sadness into inspiration and used the power of positivity to build The Shane McConkey Foundation, and Executive Produce the movie, McConkey. Sherry continues to find ways to celebrate Shane's life and pay appropriately fun and hilarious tribute to the talented, goofball, innovative man who inspired thousands to think outside the box and follow their dreams.
As a yoga instructor and the Executive Director of The Shane McConkey Foundation Sherry continues to travel the world with Ayla, and inspire people with her and Shane's belief that "You have one life, live it. You have one world, protect it."
Michelle Parker grew up in Squaw Valley with parents who passionately taught her how to ski when she was just a one year old. Growing up in the racing program and with skiing as her daycare, she continued to develop her skills until she turned 15.
With the mountains being her playground, she picked up slopestyle and halfpipe, and has since focused more of her energy towards filming big mountain ski segments for the likes of Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions.
In 2013 she won Best Female Performance at both the Powder Video Awards and the International Freeski Film Festival for her segment in Matchstick’s “Superheroes of Stoke.” She works as a ski coach in South America with SASS Global Travel, serves on the advisory board for the High Fives Foundation, and is a co-founder of S.A.F.E.A.S, a women’s avalanche safety workshop.
When Michelle isn’t skiing you’ll find her on her mountain bike or climbing in her home of Lake Tahoe.
Julia Mancuso is a World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist from Squaw Valley, California. Julia has had 7 World Cup victories, 5 World Championship medals as well as a gold medal in the Giant Slalom in the 2006 Winter Olympics, a silver in both Downhill and Combined in 2010 and a bronze in the Combined in 2014.
Torah Bright, a three time Winter Olympian, was born in Australia to a family of snow lovers and athletes. Torah quickly made a name for herself as soon as she hit the competitive snowboarding circuit. She has countless achievements under her belt including: 2007 TTR Women’s World Tour Champion, gold medal at the 2007 and 2009 Winter X Games, two-time World Superpipe Champion, Female Action Sports Athlete of the Year at the 2010 ESPY Awards and of course Silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the Gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
And open the door to a life long obsession