Kit DesLauriers is a ski mountaineer and the first person in the world to have skied off the top of the 7 Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.  She completed this lofty goal with her October 18, 2006 ski descent from Mount Everest.

Beyond the 7 Summits, Kit has made several first ski descents of the highest peaks in the Brooks Range of Alaska and counts the experience of skiing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s pristine landscape as among the favorites in her lifetime.  In 2015 Kit was named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for her merging of science and adventure in the US Arctic. 

Kit holds two consecutive World Freeskiing Women’s Champion titles and her ski expeditions have also included notable descents on big mountains in New
Zealand, Bolivia, the Alps as well as Siberia where she met her husband Rob DesLauriers, himself a former professional skier.

Since the year 2000, Kit and Rob have been living in the Teton Range of Wyoming and are now raising their daughters to appreciate adventure and the natural world.

Seven Summits

Skiing the Seven Summits

When Kit DesLauriers successfully skied from the summit of 29,035-ft. Mount Everest, she became the first person to ski from the top of the highest peak on each continent, a.k.a. the Seven Summits. 

Kit has the distinction of being the first woman to make a ski descent of the Polish Glacier on Aconcagua and the first woman to make a complete ski descent of Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica.  Kit’s skiing accomplishments also include winning the Women’s 2004 and 2005 World Freeskiing Tour titles and being the first woman to make a solo ski descent of the Grand Teton and Gannett Peak, the two highest mountains in Wyoming.

Centered on her quest to climb and ski the Seven Summits, Higher Love is a hero’s journey, rich with personal insights, life threatening consequences, and a thrilling crescendo.  Spanning seven continents in just two years, this is Kit’s personal account of the secret journey that would change her heart and her life forever.

This candid, fast-paced story shows how inspiration, teamwork, and honoring our true nature blazes the trail to every summit, on or off the mountain.

Like a Wolf Film

Professional ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers made history when she became the first person to ski from the summit of the highest peak on each of the seven continents. With footage from the actual ski descents and interviews with Kit and her elite teammates, the film documents these adventures while delving into Kit’s own personal journey and the relationship between her, her husband and her pet wolf. The title of the film is a reflection of her belief that one has to live according to their own nature – much like a wolf in the wild.

Arctic Refuge


In 2010, Kit traveled to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Brooks Range of Alaska for her first time, even though she’d dreamt of it since she first heard of this special landscape as a child in 1980.

As Kit led a team of The North Face athletes on that first trip, they climbed and skied three of the US Arctic’s five highest peaks and then traveled overland across the contested coastal plain.  During their immersion in the mountains and on the coastal plain, Kit was impressed by the enormous pristine natural landscape full of wildlife and wilderness qualities.

Within the next four years Kit made three more expeditions back to the Arctic Refuge including one that was sponsored by National Geographic with the goal to prove a new method of aerial scientific measurement which would allow for accurate, immediate, and inexpensive mapping of the topography including peak heights and glacial recession. 

The merging of science and adventure contributed to Kit being named an 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and her collaboration with Dr. Matt Nolan, PhD. resulted in a peer reviewed paper being published in the Cryosphere. Read Paper.

Kit counts her time in the Refuge as among the most memorable in her life and is an active advocate for complete protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

“I first spotted the tracks as our chartered bush plane circled to land in the snow-covered foothills of the Brooks Range. Polar bears.”

Read Kit’s essay in We Are the Arctic




Kit is available globally for public and private speaking engagements where she uses her journeys of climbing and skiing around the world to address topics such as risk management, motivation, the value of wilderness, and even her approach to parenting.  With humor, humility and riveting stories, Kit has presented to well over a hundred audiences ranging from corporate retreats to universities, federal agencies, alumni gatherings, festivals, and small private groups.

Any company or organization whose members have to evaluate risk and reward tradeoffs, or who simply want to know how to create and champion a culture of success and innovation over fears of risk and failure, will benefit from hearing Kit speak.  I’ve heard hundreds of speakers during my tenure, and Kit is at the very top of the list.

Storm Duncan
Global Head, Technology Enabled Transportation and Global Co-Head of M&A at Jefferies Technology Group

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