The FIFTY

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The FIFTY is a project by pro skier Cody Townsend to climb and ski all 50 lines chronicled in the book, “The Fifty Classic Descents of North America” by Chris Davenport, Penn Newhard and Art Burrows.

The great thing about these short videos is not just the amazing skiing and incredible terrain, it’s the insight into all the other factors that go in to skiing each line. The prep work, travel, team-assembly, line-scoping, avalanche assessment, risk-management, gear-prep, decision-making, weather, banter, and teamwork. They hike each line (as opposed to being dropped off on top by a heli) and so it’s as much about the ski-touring and mountaineering to get there as it is about actually skiing the line.