The FIFTY Episode 18: Wilson Peak

Cody Townsend checks off his 18th line of the Fifty Project.

In Episode 18 of “The FIFTY”, Cody Townsend and his crew send one of the most iconic peaks in Colorado. Known more widely for its silhouette on Coors beer cans than for its epic lines, Wilson Peak is a towering 14,017 feet high and challenges Townsend with more than 2,600 feet of vertical climbing and skiing. 

Cody Townsend skiing down Wilson Peak
“Too many jump turns,” said Townsend in Episode 18 of The FIFTY.Photo courtesy of Weston Shirey

“It has it all: a beautiful approach, an incredible aesthetic and finishes with a complex and challenging entry and descent. It’s complete and classic in every respect,” wrote the authors of “The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America”, the book that inspired Townsend’s ambitious project.

Cody Townsend descending Wilson Peak
Townsend descending the picturesque Wilson PeakPhoto courtesy of Weston Shirey

After an exhausting month of climbing and skiing some of the most challenging lines in North America, the crew met up last season on a chilly spring morning in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains with their sights set on Wilson Peak. Joined by Telluride local Greg Hope, Anton Sponar, photographer Weston Shirey, and videographer Bjarne Salen, the crew ends up checking off Wilson Peak just three days after Townsend’s close friend and fellow pro skier, Dave Treadway, tragically lost his life in a backcountry skiing accident in British Columbia on April 15th, 2019.

Watch The FIFTY Episode 18: Wilson Peak

Tune in every two weeks to follow Townsend as he attempts to ski 50 classic lines in North America. You can also follow along with the project via Instagram