Currently based in Jackson, WY, Kim Havell started her career as an alpine ski coach in the Telluride, CO valley. From there, she gradually made the transition into freeskiing, climbing and ski mountaineering. She has been an instructor and/or guide for Ice Axe Expeditions, San Juan Outdoor School, CVA, Babes in the Backcountry, H2O Heli Guides, as well as a 12 year member of the San Miguel County Search and Rescue Team (and Advisory Board member), with medical and rescue certifications.
Kim has skied on all 7 continents, with 1st descents on 4, and adventured in over 50 countries. During her travels, she has climbed and skied big peaks in the Himalaya & the Karakorum, the highest mountains across the US, with 1st descents both at home and abroad including in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Kim has numerous first female descents in Southwest Colorado, climbed and skied both the Grand Teton and Mt. Moran in a 2 day period, completed multiple ascents and ski descents of 13ers & 14ers, and cut lines on peaks in France, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, Alaska, Russia, and Japan. She has climbed numerous peaks in the Himalayas including Lobuche (6553m) and Ama Dablam (6888m) in Nepal, as well as an expedition to Gasherbrum II (8032m), Pakistan, with some skiing from 7400m, a womens expedition that skied from the summit of Denali (6194m), an Argentina trip of multiple ski descents in the Horcones Valley and on Aconcagua, a ski exploration expedition to Morocco’s Central High Atlas Mtns with 6 summit ski descents, and a complete ski descent from 7,400m on Shishapangma in Tibet in 2010.
Kim spent the summer of 2011 on ski expeditions completing first descents in Norway and skiing the high peaks and volancoes of Bolivia, as well as recent ski adventures and guiding in Antarctica in November 2011. Over the summer of 2012, She participated in a project climbing and filming multiple ascents of Mt Kenya for Challenge21. Kim is also currently an athlete for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
In 2013, Kim completed 65 different routes in the Tetons with a team that included Brian Warren & Patrick McDermott, including the first female descent of the notorious Otter Body on the Grand Teton. With an Ice Axe Expeditions team in early June, she was a part of 19 first descents in the Svalbard region of Norway as well as an Ice Axe ski guide for a 2nd trip to Antarctic Peninsula in November.
In 2014/15, Kim went on trips to Peru, The Yukon, Revelstoke BC, Germany, Zion National Park, the Wind River Range, WY, and exploratory ski trip in the Patagonian Andes, and is ramping up for the fall and 2016 adventures in both guiding and personal expeditions.
Kim was a 12yr ski guide/athlete/model for the Telluride Ski Resort and a host for Live Sauce Media and GoDu Productions. In the last few years she has delved into the world of public speaking with slideshows and presentations for various entities in the US. In addition to being a professional athlete, Havell also works as a Freelance Writer, Guide, and Photographer.
Kim is the only woman (& one of less than 5 people) to ski all the direct couloirs of the infamous Little Wasatch Ridge, Telluride, CO:
~ Heavens Eleven- 3 descents- 1st female descent
~ Grandfather Direct Couloir- 2 descents, 1st female descent
~ Oblivion Bowl to Grandfather- 3 descents- 1st female descent
~ The V Couloir- 1st descent with ski partner Josh Geeter
~ Hairy Banana- 1 descent
~ The North Y Couloir- 1 descent- 1st all female team
~ The Why Couloir- 10 descents
~ The Daisy Duke- 1 descent- 1st female descent
~ nearby San Juaquin Couloir- 20+ descents, 2 solo descents, Silver Chute- 6, & the Wire Couloir- 2, Ballard Pk West face Couloirs- 3 descents
Born in Tehran, Iran, Kim was raised abroad in Hong Kong and then moved to NYC at the age of eleven. She is a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall and Brown University, and lived in Telluride, CO for sixteen years until a recent move through Salt Lake City to Jackson, WY.
former competitive swimmer (10 years), rower (6 years), judo- green belt & NY state competitor (1st place in 1987), kempo karate orange belt, jumpers class- horseback riding competitor (4 years), alpine ski racer (8 years), and past bungee jumping & tandem sky diving. Captain- Choate Rosemary Hall Ski Team and Crew team, Coaches Award for both. Captain- Brown University Ski Team (2yrs). Climbed over 200 peaks in the US- from CA to CO to NH.
Kim also served on the advisory boards for the San Miguel County SAR team and the Institute for Altitude Medicine.
Brown University- B.A. International Relations, French, Italian – semester in Florence, Italy
Choate Rosemary Hall
OEC- Outdoor Emergency Care Technician – thru 2016
Rigging for Rescue- 2009 Technical Rope Rescue
Wilderness First Responder (past)
Rigging for Rescue- 2010 Instructor Rope Rescue
Rescue 3 International- High to Low Angle Rescue
Avalanche Certification Levels I & II & III
Swiftwater Level I
First Aid & CPR
Incident Command Training
AMGA Ski Guide Course – completed