Happy Skiers on Chairlift in Aspen
Happy Skiers on Chairlift in Aspen

Claim Your Moment

Episode 2


​Chris is proud to have helped pioneer the sport of snowboarding and to have participated in its progress the past thirty plus years. He’ll never forget walking into his first Opening Ceremonies in 2002 as the first-ever US Olympic Snowboard Team member. After twenty years on the World Cup Snowboarding Circuit and finishing as the top American Snowboard Racer in seventh place in his third Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada in February 2010, and winning his eleventh US National Snowboarding title in March 2010, Chris retired from snowboard competition. As a thirteen year liver transplant recipient, Chris is grateful to be alive and is committed through the Chris Klug Foundation to promoting life-saving organ and tissue donation in all that he does to help the more than 120,000 people waiting today for a second chance at life across our country. After twenty plus years living out of a suitcase on the road pursuing Olympic dreams, Chris is loving being home in Aspen working, playing and being a dad. His energies are focused on his real estate business with Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty and balancing snowboard freeriding and mountaineering activities along with volunteering for the Chris Klug Foundation. In 2014 they celebrated eleven years of organ donation awareness outreach through the Chris Klug Foundation. During that time the Foundation has raised over two million for organ donation awareness activities nationwide.
Foundation Site: www.ChrisKlugFoundation.org

Music Credits

Eve II (ODESZA Remix)"

Q & A

Q: What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?
A: I love sharing my passion for snowboarding with friends and family and my love for living in Aspen Snowmass. I’ve traveled the world on my snowboard and feel there’s no place like it. We live in such a special place; it’s fun to see others enjoying it too. I’m proud of the work that we are doing with Chris Klug Foundation advocating for the life-saving message of organ donation and helping those touched by transplantation. It’s honor to show the transplant community and world what’s possible after a transplant and help inspire those going through the same thing I did fifteen years ago.

Q: Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
A: On my bike, snowboard, splitboard, SUP or atop a 14’er. The access to nature that we enjoy in the Roaring Fork Valley is phenomenal. Get out and enjoy it.

Q: What would be impossible for you to give up?
A: My family and quality of life living in Aspen.

Q: How old were you when you learned to ski/ride?
A: I started skiing when I was two years old, just like my kids and started snowboarding when I saw the first snowboard when I was about 9, almost 33 years ago.

Q: Which of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains is your favorite?
A: Hard to say; I love them all and they each offer something a little different. Laps on the Silver Queen Gondola in the dumps, Bell Ridge, and Gents Ridge are so much fun - you can get a lot of vertical in short amount of time. I also think Highlands is one of the best resorts in the world. The terrain, views and experience in Highlands Bowl are awesome. What a treat to be able to ride forty plus degrees and sit atop the Bowl.

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