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.
 

Not as Much Raping and Pillaging as Previously Suggested

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A recent study portrays Vikings as ‘family men’ who brought their women along on voyages to conquer new lands.

Art by Todd James

A Soap That is Both Moisturizing and glow-in-the-dark

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Limelight by Wary Meyers

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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

 

Rest in Purrs to the World’s Oldest two-faced Cat

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Frank and Louie aka “Frankenlouie” was 15 years old.

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Nu Liife

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by Andrew Jeffrey Wright / @ajw4ever

For Bradley Carbone

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One of our good friends got injured pretty bad in a snowboarding accident in Vermont this past February. To help handle all of the crazy costs that will come into play in the future, Bradley’s wide network of creative friends have set up an online auction to raise money and ensure that Bradley has everything he needs to make a full recovery.

Check it all out here, there are a lot of great things to bid on.

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Linked Out

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Every week Chris Black uses his superior internet reading abilities to provide you with a list of links to things that you’re bound to find interesting
 

The Trolls Among Us

Call the Village Voice Dial-a-Poem Service at (347) 618-6376

The Secret Life Of A Crime Scene Cleaner

Going Viral No Longer Just For Videos, Memes

Violent Hippies, Punk Rock and Patty Hearst: Four Movies by Raymond Pettibon

How To Train Your Voice To Be More Charismatic

The Odd Story of the First Erotic Computer Game

The Napa Valley of Beer

Why Are Some Cultures More Individualistic Than Others?

Everyone Is Altered: The Secret Hollywood Procedure That Has Fooled Us For Years

Feb. 20, 1932: Babe Ruth with an alligator he “bagged” in St. Petersburg, Fla.

 

— Chris Black / @donetodeath
 

Friday’s Vault

Jamie Thomas in Toy Machine’s Heavy Metal

100 of the Best Artworks inside Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

 

 

Since the internet loves making bold statements, we made one ourselves. Just keep on clicking and you’ll be sure to find something you like… and can probably not afford.
 

“We used to sell around 50 a month… Since the controversy (in October) we’ve moved more than a thousand”

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In a curious response to Paul McCarthy’s ‘Tree’ sculpture, Parisians are buying up butt plugs like it’s nobody’s business.

“I Believe It’s Called A Smiley Face”

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The Larry David “Sunburn” beach towel by Avi Gold

Warhol Had a Party House in Vail

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One of the random things we learned from this Guide to Social Climbing in NYC In the ’80s.

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.

Zoe Cross is…

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Wednesday’s Muse

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The 2014 Gift Guide

Can’t-miss presents for the Holiday season.

 
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Beats by Barry

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A definite pick-up during the cultural slaughterhouse that is Art Basel Miami Beach, this Beats by Dre x Barry McGee Special Edition Pill portable speaker will be available at the Beats booth inside the NADA Miami Beach fair beginning December 4th. For those who want that extra-custom experience and don’t mind waiting in lines, McGee will be in-person signing the speakers on Friday, December 5th between the hours of 1-3pm.

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Love in an Elevator on the Way to Your Bachelor Pad

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Imagine driving a car—your car—to the end of a cul de sac in the Hollywood Hills where you park it inside of a garage carved into a hill. Upon exiting the vehicle, you and your date walk through a gated tunnel to a private elevator where you’re whisked up 6 stories to the top of a Tuscan tower. After stuffing everything back into place, you and your date arrive at your front door high above Hollywood BLVD. You remark “this is where David Copperfield used to live” and now my friend, this is where you live, and you’re the one with the magical powers. Featuring hardwood floors, a washer/dryer, and excellent views from the terrace, this one bedroom apartment is a sun-filled world away from that old studio you used to rent in the city that never sleeps. So sleep in, and look forward to many more elevator rides to your new heaven.

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Mup-Pet Hooray… Ho…Hey…Ho

Smooth It Out Now

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