Perhaps one of the most famous peaks in North America, the Grand Teton near Jackson, Wyo., is a mountain that demands attention. So it's no surprise that when Jimmy Chin saw it for the first time, he was captivated.

"The first time I saw the Grand, I could barely conceive of climbing it, much less skiing down its steep, snowy ramparts," Chin writes in "Fifty Classic Descents of North America."

Jimmy Chin on the Grand Teton

Jimmy Chin about to ski the Teepee Glacier of the Grand Teton.

Since then, Chin has lost count of the times he has summited the mountain. While training to climb Everest, "I skied [the Grand] three times a week for two weeks," he tells Cody Townsend in the latest episode of "The Fifty." So it makes sense Townsend used Chin as his Grant Teton "secret weapon" during his mission to ski all of the lines listed in the book "Fifty Classic Descents of North America."

Cody Townsend and Jimmy Chin on the Grand Teton

Townsend leads Chin to the top of the Ford Couloir.

The climb to the 13,770-foot high summit of the Grand Teton via the Ford-Stettner Couloir is not easy, even for these professional athletes. This episode marks the first time we see Townsend and his filmer Bjarne Salén use ice climbing techniques, and Townsend even takes a shower mid-route. Eventually, the trio make the summit for yet another beautifully long descent with less-than-ideal snow conditions.

Townsend takes on Giant Steps: The FIFTY Episode 11

"Think about how much more moral character you have now," Chin says when the team arrives back at the trailhead as the sun sets behind the Grand Teton. "That was so gnarly."

But, based on Chin and Townsend's smiles, one can't help but remember how Chin closed his essay about the Grand Teton in the book: "Every time you get up and down the Grand is a gift."

The FIFTY Episode 12: The Grand Teton

The FIFTY Bonus Episode: Gear Talk Episode 1


Cody Townsend, The Fifty Episode 7, Joffre peak


Cody Townsend discovers that sometimes, the skiing’s just not worth it.

Cody Townsend The Fifty Episode 14: Middle Teton

Cody Townsend's Web Series The Fifty Returns

Follow Cody Townsend as he tackles the Middle Teton on his quest to climb and ski all 50 classic ski descents of North America.

Cody Townsend skiing down Wilson Peak

The FIFTY Episode 18: Wilson Peak

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

Cody Townsend, The Fifty Episode 10 Spearhead Traverse

The FIFTY Episode 10: Spearhead Traverse

Cody Townsend sends it SkiMo style.

Penn Newhard climbing Pyramid Peak

The FIFTY Episode 13: The Landry Line

Cody and Bjarne's first classic descent in Colorado is also one of the most gripping.

The Fifty Episode 9, Pontoon Peak, Cody Townsend

The FIFTY Episode 9: Pontoon Peak

Another peak tests Cody Townsend's backcountry savviness.

Cody Townsends Ford Ranger Rig

The FIFTY Bonus Episode: The Fifty Rig

Take a behind the scenes look at Cody Townsend's custom rig that takes him around North America while he chases classic lines.

Mt. Washington, NH

The FIFTY Episode 23: Mt. Washington, NH

Townsend and a crew of devoted locals attempt the Eastern King of Backcountry Skiing.