The Faces of Dav
On Location in Bella Coola
Bella Coola, British Columbia, and these Maddog ridge and spires have been a destination for ski filming for over 15 years. Matchstick Productions, Teton Gravity Research and Sherpas have all filmed here. This past March, Chris Davenport and Griffin Post visited the area for a week of camping, skiing and filming for a new Red Bull video series on Davenport called "The Faces of Dav."
Many Hats of Davenport
"The Faces of Dav" will be an eight-episode video series that looks at the many hats that Chris Davenport wears, from pro skier to guide to ski mountaineer to father and more. Filming started last winter and the first episode will debut in October.
Filmers Chris Christie and Cameron Sylvestor digging out during an intense four-day storm. The tents had to be dug out every few hours for the duration of the storm.
Maddog ridge was the perfect backdrop for filming. It sits 6,000 feet above the small town of Bella Coola.
Sun Will Come Out
Post and Davenport making the most of the little sun available by hiking and skiing from sunrise to sunset. Quickly the memories of being tent-bound faded away with the stellar views.
Returning to the Scene
Post and Davenport hiking one of the iconic couloirs after the storm. Davenport had originally hiked this same couloir years before with the late Doug Coombs for "Steep" the movie. "It was an inspirational time with Coombs and was incredibly rewarding for everybody to get the right conditions for Chris and Griffin to ski it again," says photographer Adam Clark.
Accessing the Snowpack
Chris Davenport enjoying the perfect weather and stable conditions. British Columbia had high avalanche conditions last season. "We were all skeptical of bad snowpack after the windstorm," says Clark. "But we dug pits and tip-toed out and eventually found there to be stable conditions."
Chris Davenport ticking off another classic. There were weeks' worth of couloirs to be skied.
Griffin Post finding some good snow even after the raging wind storm.
The Final Day
Griffin Post skiing a sunset couloir on the final day before another storm came in and it was time to head home. Hidden in this 1,500-foot couloir was perfect steep-skiing powder snow.