Watch the First Ski Descent of the Iconic Squamish Chief’s North Gully

If you thought the only way down the world-famous Chief in Squamish was on rappel, think again.

In Squamish, a recent snow squall buried local skier Eric Carter’s driveway and gave him an idea. If there was this much snow here in town, might there be enough in the North Gully of the Chief to ski it?

So he, Paul Greenwood, and Chris Christie drove up to find out. The result was a rollicking run down one of the world’s most iconic rock climbing sites. Executed in amusing 8-bit, the group’s quick video chronicles the first descent.

The skiing itself looks brutalizing, in ’90s video game style. The game characters (er, skiers) edge laboriously down the tight chute. The occasional rappel keeps it interesting, as the “game” measures progress on the “Shred Level Complete” bar in the top left.

In essence? This new ski descent could be a game-changer.

Runtime: 2 minutes

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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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