Athlete

Kit DesLauriers

An Athlete with Deep Experience and Constant Drive

Brittany Mumma

Kit DesLauriers

It takes all but a few minutes with DesLauriers to understand how incredibly motivated she is — DesLauriers sets out to do something and she goes all in. She doesn’t shy away from a challenge, and she isn’t about to half-ass anything.

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Kit’s Decades of Experience

Ski filmmaker Teton Gravity Research described Kit DesLauriers’ experience as "one of the most impressive ski mountaineering resumes of anyone on the planet, male or female."

Looking at a small cross-section of Kit's achievements, it's easy to see why:

  • In 2006, Kit became the first person to climb and ski the "Seven Summits" in an epic two-year quest to descend the tallest peak on every continent.
  • First woman to ski Mt. Everest.
  • First woman to win back-to-back World Freeskiing Champion titles in 2004 and 2005.
  • 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for first ski descents of the highest mountains in the US Arctic and co-authoring a scientific paper on measuring the highest mountains of the Brooks Range that settled a dispute about which was highest.
  • Inducted in the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame.
  • First female solo ski descents of the Grand Teton and Gannett Peak, the tallest peak in Wyoming.
  • Recruited by North Face Global Athlete Team in 2005; maintains membership today.
  • In 2017, Outside Magazine named her one of the 40 women who has made the biggest impact on our world.

Collectively, her accomplishments have drawn the eye of many in the industry and her vast expedition teamwork experience has helped her become a valued player in related projects.

Involved in Top-Level Productions Today

Kit’s graceful skiing style and seemingly effortless technique make her a joy to watch. Couple that with her work ethic evidenced in endless ski mountaineering accomplishments and it’s easy to see why she’s become a respected member of top video productions.

Recently, Kit’s filming schedule has taken her to the western fjordlands of Greenland for drone-maker DJI; to her backyard at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for Warren Miller Entertainment; and even into virtual reality for a skiing and climate change activism piece for Protect Our Winters.

AVANI NUNA

It’s here. The new Roam Original, AVANI NUNA takes you into the mountainous terrain of Greenland with ski-mountaineer Kit DesLauriers and professional photographer/explorer Jimmy Chin, scouring the remote wilderness for the perfect lines. Shot on DJI Mavic 2. #SeeTheBiggerPicture

Posted by DJI on Monday, October 15, 2018

A Leader Within the Industry

In 2015, National Geographic named Kit as an "Adventurer of the Year" after she helped a scientist settle a long-standing debate about which is the tallest mountain in the wild Brooks Range of northern Alaska. During the trip, she ascended the peaks in question to prove the accuracy of a new, more accessible form of topographical measurement. Read Dr. Matt Nolan’s article to know more.

That’s just one outstanding example of how she gives back to the places that have shaped her life. The Brooks Range expedition and others to Alaska sparked a desire in her to volunteer on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Wilderness League to help protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development.

Kit is also a volunteer director for The American Alpine Club (2014-2020) and has worked on campaigns for Protect Our Winters, where she’s a member of the Riders Alliance.