Cody Townsend Powder line of the year – Video : Skier survives terrifying plunge down vertical crevice

Updated: December 13, 2014
Cody Townsend Powder line of the year - Video : Skier survives terrifying plunge down vertical crevice

Cody Townsend Powder line of the year – Report : The annual Powder Awards sponsored by Powder Magazine are winter action sports’ top honors for Winter Action Sports Films and Professional Skiers and Snowboarders. This year, big mountain professional skier Cody Townsend won three awards – best male performance, best line and full throttle awards.

This is death-defying moment a daredevil skier flew down a huge vertical crevice in the Alaskan wilderness.

Cody Townsend, 31, from California, performed the incredible James Bond-like stunt in the Tordrillo Mountains, 75 miles northwest of Anchorage.

The video starts with a helicopter flying over the giant cleft in the mountain side as Cody Townsend prepares to take on the incredible challenge.

It shows him peering down the run before taking a deep breath and launching himself down it at high speed.

He weaves through the snow, managing to avoid sharp rocks which tower above him on each side of the crevice.

Cody Townsend told the New York Daily News that the chute was around five to six feet wide at its narrowest, leaving little room for error.

It takes him just 30 seconds to complete the steep course.

As he exits the giant chute to daylight he cries “Holy f***!”

He then adds: “Oh my God, that was the scariest thing I’ve ever done.”

Cody Townsend was honoured on Saturday at the 2014 Powder Awards in Salt Lake City for skiing what was deemed the most challenging line of the year.

Cody Townsend says that he’s “never skied to win an award” and that it’s just a passion he’s had since childhood.

There’s no official name for either the peak or the chute which Townsend tackled, although it has an unofficial name which he says is “too vulgar” to print.

Cody Townsend’s video, titled Days Of My Youth, has been viewed more than 1.3 million times to date with many viewers applauding his skill.