The challenges keep on coming, and Cody Townsend just keeps on knocking em’ down. In the latest episode of The Fifty, Cody Townsend sets out to ski the iconic Grand Teton in Jackson, Wyoming. Originally skied in 1971 by Bill Briggs, the 13,770 foot peak is one of the most iconic peaks in North America. At the time, it was a ground-breaking feat with a mixture of mountaineering and skiing skills that nobody had combined at the time. Nowadays, the mountain has seen multiple new descents and ascent routes, and is a stepping stone for ski mountaineers all over the world.
While it is often-climbed in the summer, ski descents of the peak are much more elusive. The ascent requires an alpine start, perfect snow conditions, and strong mountaineering skills. Luckily for Townsend, on this mission he was able to bring along Jackson local and Grand Teton expert Jimmy Chin. With multiple descents of the iconic mountain on most routes and a lifetime of ski mountaineering, Chin is about as good of a partner as you can ask for. Check out the full video to see how the two fared. — ML