Kim Havell is one of the world's premier female ski mountaineers. Her career began as a ski coach in the Telluride valley before transitioning to climbing and ski mountaineering in the San Juan Mountains. Before leaving Telluride, Kim went on to claim first female descents on several classic lines. She is one of only a handful of females to have major ski descents on all seven continents, including first descents on four of them. Kim has been featured in several ski films over the years, and when not skiing, keeps herself busy by writing for Outside Magazine, Powder, ESPN, National Geographic and more.
Hometown: Telluride, CO
Residence: Jackson, WY
Home Resort: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Equipment Setup of choice: Quest Max 120, Rockette 115, Shogun 100, Guardian 16
Apparel Setup of choice: Sideways 3L Jacket, Sideways II Pant, Xtend Xpro 10 goggles, Poison Helmet
Describe your perfect day skiing: Fun friends, deep untracked powder and/or an aesthetic line off the summit of a big peak. First descents really tickle my fancy.
When I'm not skiing I'm: climbing, running, traveling, writing, photography
To escape the mountains I...: never want to escape the mountains.
Which 3 athletes have influenced you most: most of the athletes from Blizzard of Ahhs, as well as Alex Lowe, Doug Coombs and Wendy Fisher.
Words of wisdom: "Whoever has the most fun wins" - Alex Lowe and "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - Confucious
Websites: www.havelltravels.com, @kimhavell