Kit DesLauriers has been living and skiing in the Tetons and at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for the past 7 years. Kit is a year round resident of Teton Village, WY, which borders Grand Teton National Park, a favorite destination of hers.
Kit is the first person in the world to have skied off the top of the 7 Summits which are the highest points on each of the 7 continents. This lofty goal was made complete with her October 18, 2006 ski descent from Mount Everest. See the Ski Mountaineering page for more details!
Kit’s first international climbing expedition was to Peak Siniolchu (6,887 m) in Sikkim, India during April/May of 1998. It was during this trip, as she moved through the majestic Himalaya, that Kit realized how much she wished she had her skis with her. A turning point in her approach to mountaineering, Kit decided that her focus would be on ski mountaineering and refining the skills she needed to ski anywhere. This focus has seen her through to ski descents in the mountains of Antarctica, Russia, Alaska, the European Alps, New Zealand and South America.
In addition to being an accomplished skier and ski mountaineer, Kit is an experienced rock climber having led many traditional alpine routes of the Tetons with grades to 5.10.
Racing her road and mountain bikes are Kit’s newest summer endeavor to keep fit for the ski season. In August 2005 Kit won the women’s division of the Rendezvous Hill Climb to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
While living in the Telluride, CO area from 1991-99, Kit volunteered extensively with the San Miguel County Search and Rescue Team often as team leader for entire rescue operations. She also worked for the Telluride Ski Resort as a professional Ski Patroller for two winter seasons. During this time Kit became a certified EMT as well as highly trained in technical and helicopter rescue.
Kit enjoys coaching other women in skiing and started her successful all women’s weekends called “Turn it Up Women’s Ski Camps”. Kit continues to further her niche in the ski world as a woman who is pushing the envelope of steep skiing and ski mountaineering.