[VIDEO] The FIFTY Ep. 42 | Avalanches and Blue Ice on the Columbia Ice Cap

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Hanging above the Athabasca Glacier lies a classic line that is equal parts aesthetic and intimidating.

The site of a multi-fatal avalanche in 2021, the old alpine climbing route needs a special blend of conditions to become skiable and safe.

To help illustrate the challenges and changes of the Skyladder, the first descentionist and Canadian ski legend, Doug Ward, joins to talk about his first time skiing it and give the crew some unique insight to the line.

Joined by Kevin Hjertaas of MTN Guiding, the Skyladder is an exercise in patience but a reward of pure alpine fun.

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