Straight Down the Chute

An interview with skier Cody Townsend about the “Most insane ski line EVER.”

 

Where is this spot?

The location of this line is a semi-secret. It’s in Alaska somewhere is the closest answer I can give. Which really doesn’t narrow it down very much because Alaska has more mountainous terrain than anywhere else in the world.
 
How did you find it?

I found that line by pure chance. I had been explicitly looking for a chute like this for more than 5 years. This one just happened to pop up at the right time.
 
Was that your first time skiing it?

That was my first time skiing it. Didn’t want to do that one twice!
 
How fast do you think you were going?

I was an alpine Downhill racer until I was 20 years old and have been clocked at more than 93mph in a race course. While this chute wasn’t as fast as that, it was the closest I’ve been to it since I ski raced. I’d guestimate I was going about 70+ mph at the bottom.
 
What’s going on in your head before a line like that?

The main thing going on in my head before it was that it was completely doable and I visualized skiing it in my head 100 times before dropping in. By that point, you can’t even imagine yourself falling or making a mistake. So to be honest, while I did have some butterflies in my stomach, I wasn’t that scared. It was actually once I got into the chute that I got more scared and realized how fast I was going, how long the chute was and how narrow the bottom truly was.  That’s why I was so damn fired up when I finally got out of that thing in one piece.
 

The Unique Mind of Robin Williams

Highlighted here in the latest Blank on Blank video through a series of interviews in 1991 with Lawrence Grobel

 

Friday’s Vault

Jamie Thomas in Toy Machine’s Heavy Metal

6 Minutes in a Train

Always a fan of what Simon Landrein makes, and this video for Compassion Crew’s “Masters Of The Gentlemanly Art” is no exception.

Mup-Pet Hooray… Ho…Hey…Ho

Smooth It Out Now

Lunchtime Laughter

Holiday Party Tips with Broad City

Bowie and Bing

So you can get on with your day: The story behind David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s Christmas remix of “The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth”

Dr. Seuss TV Meth Raps

Breaking Bad gets broken down in “This is my product.”

Giving New Meaning to the Term ‘First-Person Shooter’

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In Grand Theft Auto V’s new first-person mode, the time-tested tradition of trolling for hookers, purchasing their services, and then killing them for the cash just got a little crazier.

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Your Old Droog – “Nutty Bars”

Real nice.

Thanksgiving, The Best Day of the Year

Here’s the animated carol to prove it.

“I Had Animals as Friends…”

Not just Ghost Dog, either. Here’s RZA for PETA.

 

The Subconcious Language of Deception

Learning to spot a liar.

Lunchtime Laughter

Chubbed, The Half Boner Pill.

Lurking in the Darkness Below

The scariest and most fascinating thing about the ocean is that you never really know what’s underneath you. Here’s some footage of the very rare “black sea devil” anglerfish swimming about at a depth of 600 meters. It uses a “flashlight” on its head to attract its prey and is one of the cuter fish in existence…

Mystikal’s Back!

And channeling James Brown with help of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

“I Never Ever Want to Go There Again”

Sandy Kim tells a Classic Tale of a forced trip in Miami

Friday’s Vault

Scott Johnston in Mad Circle’s Let The Horns Blow (1996)

All Dried Up

Due to one of the worst droughts on record, California’s Central Valley is becoming a dustbowl and leaving its inhabitants and workers with an uncertain future. This terrifically shot film by Matt Black tells the story.

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