In January, freeskiing legend Cody Townsend announced he would be setting out on the quest of a lifetime: to climb and ski North America’s most amazing descents as captured in the coffee table book, Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. Inspired by the breath-taking lines, Cody put all 50 on his bucket list and his goal is to cross them off one by one. In collaboration with Swatch, he’ll capture each adventure on film and publish the videos on his YouTube channel as part of the series, “The FIFTY.”
Over the next three years, the professional backcountry skier will take on the most jaw-dropping, thrilling and exciting descents in the US. Always with a smile on his face. In the first episode below, Cody describes his inspiration and the motivation behind the adventure, and shows footage from the first descent he ticked off the list: the Messner Couloir on Denali, the highest mountain in North America.
The next three episodes document his descents of Mt. Superior (episode 2), Terminal Cancer (episode 3) and Hypodermic Needle (episode 4) and all the challenges and laughs along the way. Though, it’s not all fun and games – Cody and his team take safety seriously and in the second episode, viewers and fans will see the experienced skiers assess the avalanche risks of the Utah descent. They wait two days before tackling that mountain. Skills alone won’t bring them down the mountains – they’ll need top snow conditions, a healthy dose of caution, a solid mindset, and maybe a pinch of luck.
Swatch is part of Cody’s cheering section and we’re excited to see the adventure unfold. We’ll also be revealing some thrilling collaborations with Cody – those will be part of “The FIFTY” series and can be found on Cody’s YouTube channel as soon as they go live. Here we go!