If you don't mind suspending disbelief just a little bit (OK, a lot), here are two videos for the price of one (kind of).
Cody Townsend swept the board at the 2014 Powder Awards, pocketing three gongs including Best Male Performance, in recognition of one of the highlights of the skiing year. With the help of the team at Matchstick Productions, he successfully negotiated the most spectacular, perilous ski run imaginable. Think we're exaggerating? Think again, because we're talking about a long, thin and virtually vertical crevice or chute in the Tordrillo Mountains, south-central Alaska, which has now been dubbed “The Crack". Matchstick Productions described it as the “most insane ski line EVER", and we'd have to agree.
As this truly incredible footage proves, nothing can detract from Townsend's achievement. But he didn't get there first. Snowboarder Travis Rice also took on the challenge, three weeks to a month prior to Townsend's successful attempt, and he also came up trumps. The difference is that Townsend's team released the footage as a teaser for the film Days Of My Youth, while Rice kept his in the can for eventual release as part of the follow-up to his movie The Art of Flight. Rice must have almost choked on his oats when he woke up to see Townsend's footage going viral, with over six million YouTube views.
Not to be outdone, Rice has applied some rudimentary video animation skills, and his inimitable sense of humour, to create the video we have for you here. So, with just a little bit of imagination, you can recreate the very first ride of “The Crack", while still getting another look at Townsend's fantastic footage.