The SnowBrains Podcast #22 | Bjarne Salen – Filmer of “The Fifty” w/ Cody Townsend, Hardcore Ski Mountaineer, Adventurer, Philosopher

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The SnowBrains Podcast is back! Last week we launched season two with an awesome conversation with Doug Stoup, and today we’re back with another new episode. Season two promises to be bigger and better, and we already have some fantastic guests lined up for your listening pleasure.

Launched in October 2020, The SnowBrains Podcast was an unmitigated success, breaking into the top 17% of all podcasts on Earth and exceeding our wildest dreams. Some of the big-name guests we interviewed were Bode Miller, Cody Townsend, Jeremy Jones, and Daron Rahlves.

My guest today is Bjarne Salen. Bjarne is best known for his talents behind the camera filming The Fifty Project with Cody Townsend where Bjarne documents Cody climbing and skiing the 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. This video series has been insanely popular with somewhere around 15-million views on the 35 or so videos they’ve already created thus far.

That part of Bjarne we already know a bit about. What was fascinating to me was learning about Bjarne’s extensive ski mountaineering history all over the world including Chamonix, Patagonia, New Zealand, Alaska, all over North America, and more. Bjarne’s skill, resilience, and ability to stay calm in the mountains is remarkable.

Bjarne was filming his close friend Andreas Franson when Andreas passed away in an avalanche with legendary freestyle skier JP Auclair deep in Chilean Patagonia in 2015. Like so many of us who dedicate our lives to the mountains, this was not the only close friend Bjarne has lost. Learning Bjarne’s perspective on life, his willingness to confront drastic change head-on and his vicious passion for the mountains changed me, and hope it changes you.

Please enjoy!


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Alta’s opening day is set for November 20th, conditions permitting. We will see you out there. And as Alta likes to say. Come for the skiing. Stay for the skiing.


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The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #22 – Bjarne – | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area & Scott Sports

Recorded on July 29, 2021, in the California Delta (Miles Clark) and Portland, OR (Bjarne Salen).

This episode was edited by Jared White.

Music by Chad Crouch

Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark

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