FREERIDE / BACKCOUNTRY
United States, 37 years old
Raised in California, Townsend was draw into the freeskiing revolution that was taking place at his home mountain of Squaw Valley. Townsend chased around legends like Shane McConkey and Kent Kreitler until they forcibly took him under their tutelage. He has skied iconic lines in Alaska, summited the biggest mountains in North America, and explored the furtherest corners of our planet.