By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 4 years ago March 28, 2019

WATCH: The FIFTY - Aemmer Couloir

A last minute decision to go to a place not known for mid-winter steep skiing descents takes Cody Townsend and crew to the Rocky Mountains of Canada. Yet getting there is half the battle with sketchy highways, cold early mornings, and a 13 km (8 miles) walk just to get to the base of the infamously beautiful Aemmer Couloir in Banff National Park.

'The FIFTY' is a project to climb and ski all 50 lines chronicled in the book, "The Fifty Classic Descents of North America". Over the next three years, Cody Townsend will be chronicling the adventures, challenges, and travels as he takes on a collection of the most aesthetic, spectacular, and hardest lines in North America.

Line #1: Messner Couloir

Line #2: Mt. Superior

Line #3: Terminal Cancer

Line #4: Hypodermic Needle

Line #5: Mt. Currie

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Sam Collentine


Sam Collentine is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenSnow and lives in Basalt, Colorado. Before joining OpenSnow, he studied Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado, spent time at Channel 7 News in Denver, and at the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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