The FIFTY Episodes 15/16: North Maroon Peak and Holy Cross Couloir

Cody Townsend checks off two of Colorado’s most challenging lines.

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In this special double episode, professional skier Cody Townsend is back with two more lines checked off his Fifty Project, a mission to climb and ski the Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America alongside some of the best ski mountaineers in the world.

Cody Townsend climbing up North Maroon.
Cody Townsend approaching the summit of North Maroon Peak. Photo creditL Bjarne Salén

Aspen locals Pete Gaston, Anton Sponar, and Greg Strokes join Townsend in this episode as they attempt the iconic North Maroon Peak near Aspen, Colorado, as well as the Holy Cross Couloir near Vail, Colorado. Back to back days of skiing two of the spiciest lines Colorado has to offer proved to be one of the most exhausting challenges of The Fifty Project to date.

The first half of the episode follows the crew through avalanche debris, left by one of Colorado’s biggest snow years, and up the extreme terrain of North Maroon Peak (14,015 feet) before the group descends 4,000 feet down the most photographed mountain in Colorado. Nothing will get you more stoked for ski season than watching Townsend make buttery turns down this picturesque landscape. The episode continues on to the second part of Townsend’s mission, the Holy Cross Couloir, where the previous day’s mission and unfavorable snow conditions add to Townsend’s fatigue.

Putting their fatigue aside, the crew pushes to finish the Holy Cross Couloir before an impending storm on the horizon hits. To skin up to the summit elevation of 14,005 feet, the crew must get an early start as they race the weather. Through the wind and exhaustion, the group perseveres to cross the 16th line off the Fifty Project list.

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