Mount Shasta is a lot of things to a lot of people. For skiers, it's 7,000 vertical feet of perfect corn skiing on a late spring day. For Cody Towsend and Bjarne Salen, it represents the end of Year 1 of The Fifty Project. Joined by a bevy of Tahoe friends, including Scott Gaffney, Michelle Parker, Kyle O’Neal, Jeff Dostie, Brennan Lagasse, Megan Michelson and Ming Poon, the crew sets off on a perfect June morning for the lengthy climb and lengthy ski. Filled with goofing off, good friends, Hawaiian shirts and some damn fun skiing, it makes for a fitting end to a hell of a season in North America.
This marks Episode 21 for The Fifty Project (and line 20 completed by Cody Townsend), which follows Townsend as he attempts to climb and ski all 50 of the lines and mountains chronicled in the book, The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. The series documents Townsend's journey's, travels, challenges and each line and mountain listed in the book. It's a journey through the most majestic mountains and ski lines in North America along with a unique insight into how skiers make decisions in the backcountry, how they plan, navigate and safely move through the mountains and the people that dedicate their lives to the mountains.
Mount Shasta is also known as Úytaahkoo by the native Karuk people, Ako-Yet by the native Ajumawi, Bohem Puyuik by the Wintu people or also known as Waka-nunee-Tuki-wuki by the surrounding mix of native Shastan tribes.
To watch all previous episodes of The Fifty Project, click here.