The Faces of Dav Ep. 4: The Explorer

With the intention of finding new terrain to ski, Chris heads north of the Arctic Circle.
© Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool
By Nate Hoppes

When you’ve traveled to all seven continents and skied on six of them, it’s not an easy quest to find new terrain to shred.

What about the northernmost populated township on earth?

To most of us, that seems really far, but not for Chris Davenport. Dav assembled a crew consisting of fellow skiers; Ingrid Backstrom, James Heim, Michelle Parker and long time friend and photographer Christian Pondella to venture on a full force exploration north of the Arctic Circle to the archipelago of Svalbard.

The fjords of Svalbard are best accessed by boat, however shortly after departing from port in the 67' foot Arctica II, the crew is hit with a massive storm swell.

No one ever said exploration is easy.

After working their way through the storm, the crew quickly reaped the benefits of the risk, skiing one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Check out bonus POV footage of Dav skiing in perfect conditions at 10 p.m.

But as most explorers would tell you, the trip is only as good as the photos you take home with you.

Lucky for us, Pondella was kind enough to share a few of his favorites from Svalbard.

Check back December 4 for the fifth episode of Faces of Dav when we dive into part two of the EXPLORER.

Episode 3: The Father
Episode 2: The Engineer

Episode 1: The Adventurer

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