The SnowBrains Podcast | Episode #11 | Cody Townsend – Star & Producer of The Fifty Project

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Episode #11 | Cody Townsend – Star & Producer of The Fifty Project

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This week, we bring you Cody Townsend, a California beach kid from Santa Cruz who was the high school quarterback dating the head cheerleader while simultaneously winning the Junior Olympics Downhill ski race at 16 years old, and ended up becoming a legendary freeskier out of Lake Tahoe, California. He’s done Hollywood stunts for Vin Diesel, he skied “The Most Insane Line Ever” in Alaska, he’s in approximately 1 zillion amazing ski movies, and he now is the star and producer of The Fifty Project where he’s attempting to climb & ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America.

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In this episode, Cody & Miles discuss the best stories from The Fifty Project, poohing in helicopters, growing up on the beach in Santa Cruz, climate change, “The Most Insane Line Ever”, Noah Howell, Cody’s favorite mountain ranges to ski, Shane McConkey, Cody’s company Arcade Belts, being a stunt double for Vin Deisel, surfing, avalanches, Cody’s favorite books, and much more.

“I shit my pants in a Helicopter once… Just like trying to press a fart out way too hard and maybe had a little something bad to eat the night before We were forced to land the helicopter because the pilot got so pissed off.” – Cody Townsend
“We almost got killed by Vladimir Putin, like truly…we got ran off the road while we were driving down this like two-lane highway, all of a sudden a cavalcade of like limos and army cars come racing around the corner in the middle of the road going like 70 miles per hour. We had to slam off into this cliff wall, on the other side was like 400 feet of cliffs. Nearly got ran off the road and killed by Vladimir Putin himself.” – Cody Townsend

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Cody Townsend – Star & Producer of The Fifty Project

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“I shit my pants in a Helicopter once… Just like trying to press a fart out way too hard and maybe had a little something bad to eat the night before We were forced to land the helicopter because the pilot got so pissed off.” – Cody Townsend
“We almost got killed by Vladimir Putin, like truly…we got ran off the road while we were driving down this like two-lane highway, all of a sudden a cavalcade of like limos and army cars come racing around the corner in the middle of the road going like 70 miles per hour. We had to slam off into this cliff wall, on the other side was like 400 feet of cliffs. Nearly got ran off the road and killed by Vladimir Putin himself.” – Cody Townsend
 
Cody Townsend, a California beach kid from Santa Cruz who was the high school quarterback dating the head cheerleader while simultaneously winning the Junior Olympics Downhill ski race at 16 years old, and ended up becoming a legendary freeskier out of Lake Tahoe, California. He’s done Hollywood stunts for Vin Diesel, he skied “The Most Insane Line Ever” in Alaska, he’s in approximately 1 zillion amazing ski movies, and he now is the star and producer of The Fifty Project where he’s attempting to climb & ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America.
 
 
In this episode, Cody & Miles discuss the best stories from The Fifty Project, poohing in helicopters, growing up on the beach in Santa Cruz, climate change, “The Most Insane Line Ever”, Noah Howell, Cody’s favorite mountain ranges to ski, Shane McConkey, Cody’s company Arcade Belts, being a stunt double for Vin Deisel, surfing, avalanches, Cody’s favorite books, and much more.
 
 
Cody Townsend answers these questionable questions:
 
  • What’s the funniest accident you’ve had in the mountains?
  • What’s challenges you most intellectually on a daily basis?
  • What’s your favorite book?
  • How Long are you giving yourself to finish The Fifty Project?
  • What are your 3 favorite lines from The Fifty thus far?
  • Which was the hardest, most grueling from The Fifty?
  • Please tell us about the Joffre Peak rescue where you saved a life.
  • What is “The Crack” (most insane line ever) and how did you find this thing?
  • How did Arcade Belts come about?
  • What’s next?
  • Many more…
 
 
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The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #11 – Cody Townsend, Star & Producer of The Fifty Project
 
 
Recorded on December 1, 2020 in Park City, UT (Miles Clark) and Tahoe City, CA (Cody Townsend).
 
 
This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.
 
Music by Chad Crouch.
Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
The SnowBrains Podcast. Skier: Miles Clark. Location: Jackson Hole, WY. Photo: Sasha Motivala.  Date:  March 2020

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