By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 1 year ago February 7, 2023

WATCH: The FIFTY - Mt. Columbia

Mt. Columbia sits atop the hydrological apex of North America and is the highest mountain in Alberta, Canada. The difficulties of climbing and skiing it don't come in the form of technical steeps or scary exposure. They come from the marathon of a ski tour and timing a perfect weather window in a zone known for instantaneous weather changes and blinding whiteouts.

Weather Forecast: Mt. Columbia

The FIFTY is a project following Cody Townsend as he attempts to climb and ski all fifty of the lines and mountains chronicled in the book, "The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America". The series documents Townsend's journeys, travels, challenges, and each line and mountain listed in the book. It's a journey through the most majestic mountains and ski lines in North America along with a unique insight into how skiers make decisions in the backcountry, how they plan, navigate, and safely move through the mountains along with the people that dedicate their lives to the mountains.

Line #1: Messner Couloir

Line #2: Mt. Superior

Line #3: Terminal Cancer

Line #4: Hypodermic Needle

Line #5: Mt. Currie

Line #6: Aemmer Couloir

Line #7: Joffre Peak

Line #8 Attempt: The Sphinx

Line #8: Spearhead Traverse

Line #9: Giant Steps Couloir

Line #10: Grand Teton

Line #11: Landry Line

Line #12: Middle Teton

Lines #13-14: North Maroon & Holy Cross Couloir

Line #15: Mt. Tukuhnikivatz

Line #16: Wilson Peak

Lines #17-18: Meteorite Mountain & Pontoon Peak

Line #19: Watson Traverse

Line #20: Mt. Shasta

Line #21: Mt. Timpanogos

Line #22-23: Mt. Washington

Line #24: Mt. Shuksan

Line #25: McGown Peak

Line #26: The Sickle

Line #27: Mt. Moran

Lines #28-30: Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, & El Dorado Peak

Line #31: Mt. Stimson

Line #32: Castle Peak

Line #33: Mt. Whitney

Line #34: Devil’s Bedstead

Line #35: Silver Couloir

Line #36: The Patriarch

Line #37 Attempt: Mt. St. Elias

Line #37 Attempt: Comstock Couloir 

Line #37: 7 Steps to Paradise

Line #38: The Sphinx

Line #39: Uber Tour

Line #40: Bugs to Rogers Traverse Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3

Line #41: Combatant Couloir

Line #42: Skyladder

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About The Author

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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