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Skiing The Skyladder, a Steep Mountain Line in the Canadian Rockies

Cody Townsend and friends ski one of the most awesome, but dangerous, ski lines in Alberta

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 route needs a special blend of conditions to become skiable and safe. This line is best left to expert backcountry skiers, and always check avalanche conditions here before going out.

To help illustrate the challenges and changes of the Skyladder, the first descentionist and Canadian ski legend, Doug Ward joins Cody Townsend to talk about his first time skiing it and give the crew some unique insight to the line. Joined by Kevin Hjertaas, the Skyladder is an exercise in patience but a reward of pure alpine fun.