Colorado has 54* beautiful mountains that stand more than 14,000 feet tall, and during the winter and spring are coated with snow. To climb and ski these peaks has been a rite of passage for the intrepid mountaineers of the Centennial State for decades. The first person to climb and ski them all was Lou Dawson, and he accomplished this monumental feat in 1991, taking him more than 12 years. The next milestone for skiing the 14ers came in 2007, when big-mountain skier Chris Davenport became the second person ever to follow in Dawson's footsteps and ski all 54. He also progressed the sport and finished his project in 361 days, becoming the first person to accomplish the task in less than a year. Davenport's record stood for a little more than a decade, but on May 22, 2017, it fell. Veteran and splitboard mountaineer Josh Jespersen broke the long-standing record and finished his project of climbing and snowboarding all 54 14ers in just 138 days. By finishing his project in this timely fashion, Jespersen became the first and only person to ski or snowboard from the summit of all these peaks in a single ski season. This video showcases the skill needed to ascend and descend these peaks when they are cloaked in white, and is a glimpse into the beauty that is the Colorado high country.
*Note: There is a debate about exactly how many fourteeners there are in Colorado. The Colorado Geological Survey says there are 58 peaks that exceed 14,000 feet in elevation. Others use this logic: To qualify, a peak must rise at least 300 feet above the saddle that connects it to the nearest fourteener peak (if another exists nearby). You can make up your own mind!