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The Fifty Ep. 8: Cody Townsend Attacks Alaska’s Sphinx

Cody Townsend wasn't planning on looking at Alaska this season, but when some photos came in from Kevin Quinn at Point Norths Heli, he decided to pull the trigger. With conditions seeming to line up, the crew headed to one of the most iconic ski lines in Alaska, the Sphinx, to attempt to climb and ski its legendary steeps.

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"They're massive beautiful Alaskan heli lines, but we want to climb them."" Townsend explains. ""These lines are no gimmies."

Watch Cody, filmmaker Bjarne Salén, and photographer Ming Poon attack the the burly climb, to see what they can find on top of the world. And stay tuned as Cody continues his mission to climb and ski all 50 of the lines documented in the book, “Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America."

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Cody Townsend and Bjarne Salen's , a series in which they are attempting to climb and ski every line detailed in is both inspiring and harrowing. A major theme in each episode is risk management, as just about every line involves significant uncertainty and danger. Cody does an excellent job explaining his rationale for nearly every decision made in the course of each prospective ascent and descent, lending the series an element of realism often lacking in extreme-skiing videos. Related: The

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Recent years have seen urban skiing pushed to new heights, with the ON3P team leading the charge. Their most recent team edit, ON3P 4, yet again proves that they’re on the top of their game. Related: Late Season Pow-Town in Austria 15-foot drop to flat? No biggie. Add in a handplant-360? Sure. Grind a handrail with anti-grinding attachments? Easy. A lot of the stuff that these guys are doing is tough to put into words, but its definitely dope. 

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Meet Bozeman local Rob Enigl, one of Big Sky's most aggressive big-mountain sit-skiers. He's completed the first known sit-ski descents of Gullies 2 and 3—some of the steepest lines off Big Sky's Lone Peak. Oh, and it turns out he’s really good at pond skims. Related: Alyeska's Slush Cup is Pond Skimming at its Finest Enigl saddles up, strips down, and sends it. Not only does he make it all the way across the pond, but he does it in remarkably smooth fashion.