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By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 4 years ago October 18, 2019

WATCH: The FIFTY - North Maroon & Holy Cross Couloir

With a storm quickly approaching, the push to ski two classic lines in Colorado in back-to-back days presents one of the most exhausting challenges of The Fifty to date. The two classics, the iconic and photographic North Maroon Peak near Aspen, Colorado and the far-flung and aesthetic Holy Cross Couloir near Vail, Colorado are in stellar and stable condition in April of 2019 and create for some of the best skiing conditions possible on big ski mountaineering style lines.


'The FIFTY' is a project to climb and ski all 50 lines chronicled in the book, "The Fifty Classic Ski 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

Line #6: Aemmer Couloir

Line #7: Joffre Peak

Line #8: The Sphinx

Line #9: Pontoon Peak

Line #10: Spearhead Traverse

Line #11: Giant Steps Couloir

Line #12: Grand Teton

Line #13: Landry Line

Line #14: Middle Teton

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Sam Collentine

Meteorologist

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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