We met in Aspen in 2000 and have been adventuring together as often as we can, ever since. In the winter months we take advantage of everything a ski town in the mountains has to offer. Skiing in all disciplines– be it backcountry, inbounds, nordic, or ski mountaineering– hut trips, and ice climbing, are just a few of our favorite winter activities.
We’ve both successfully climbed and skied the Colorado 14ers, in 2010 Christy was the first woman to do so-
Since then we have built on that Colorado ski mountaineering project, and in 2015, we completed our goal to climb and ski the 100 tallest mountains in the state, the Centennial Peaks, with friend and partner Chris Davenport. Additional information and trip reports can be found on the Centennial Skiers website here. After completing that project we honored as National Geographic Adventurers of the Year for Ski Mountaineering in 2016.
When the snow season transitions to summer, we hang up the skis and get out on the trails and mountains with just as much enthusiasm– running, hiking, backpacking, peakbagging, climbing, and biking. If you ask us, the summer’s too short.
In the off seasons we’ll travel for adventure. This blog chronicles our outdoor mountain pursuits while we’re (voluntarily) Stuck in the Rockies. It’s been pretty fun.
A Centennial State native, my love for climbing and skiing mountains began in 1998 with my arrival to Aspen. I finished climbing the 14ers in 2005, and in 2010 became the first woman to ski them all. Later that same year, I completed climbing the Centennials, notching a few ski descents a long the way. By 2015, along with Ted and Chris Davenport I had skied those same peaks, the 100 tallest mountains in the state. In 2011 and 2016 I was honored to be nominated for the Sportswomen of Colorado Award for ski mountaineering.
I left New York for Aspen in 1994 to ski for a season, and never looked back. I finished climbing the 14ers in 2001, the Centennials in 2006, and became the third person to ski the 14ers in 2008. I’ve racked up peak ascents around the world including Everest, Denali, Ama Dablam, high summits in Ecuador and Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. I’ve logged ski descents all over, including many of the high peaks of the Pacific Northwest, the Grand Teton, and a first descent of the North Face of the Gunnbjornfjeld, Greenland’s tallest mountain.
When summer arrives and the skis are put away, I’m still out in the mountains, completing running courses of all manners and styles. From Pikes Peak and Imogene Pass, to eighteen 100 milers including ten Hardrock 100’s, I’ve logged many top finishes in recent years. In 2016 I completed the Nolan’s 14 course in 55:39, the fifteenth person to ever do so. If I’m not out in the mountains for fun, I’m probably working on one, as a ski instructor on Aspen Mountain. For more info go to tedmahon.com
The links below provide more info on summits, race results, and the Global Extremes Mount Everest Series-