Freeskiing Star Cody Townsend Talks Big Mountain Skiing, Growing Up a Surf-Stoked Beach Kid, and Knowing When to Say When

Cody Townsend has made a name for himself as one of the world's best big freeskiers, but in recent years, he's mixed mountaineering into the equation. His series "The Fifty," which chronicles his attempt to climb and ski the 50 classic ski descents of North America, is one of YouTube's best adventure series. We talked with Cody about how he decided to take on such a challenge and how a surf-stoked from Santa Cruz, California got so comfortable on the mountain.

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