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The FIFTY Episode 6: Aemmer Couloir

Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens, Kevin Hjertaas make a quick strike on a big line.

For the sixth episode of Cody Townsend’s three-year ski mountaineering project, he drove to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, to make quick work of a very aesthetic couloir visible from Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Climbing the Aemmer
Townsend and Rubens make the ascent of the Aemmer.Photo courtesy of Cody Townsend / Salomon

Townsend is joined by Chris Rubens and Kevin Hjertaas for this adventure, as the two grew up in the area and have extensive knowledge of Banff National Park, and filmer Bjarne Salen. Despite the terrifically sketchy drive, a start in the dark, and a 13 kilometer-long approach, nothing goes wrong and the crew skis the Aemmer like the pros they are.

“The Fifty” Episode 6, Aemmer Couloir

Quote from Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America:

Skiing the Aemmer
Filmer Bjarn Salen skis the Aemmer.Photo courtesy of Cody Townsend / Salomon

Tune in every two weeks to catch a new episode of Townsend’s big adventure of skiing the 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. You can also follow along with Townsend’s project via Instagram