CODY TOWNSEND, a 31 year-old Californian daredevil, defied death in a terrifying stunt and the video that resulted from his daring feat is breathtaking.

The stage: a vertical tight couloir in southwestern Alaska. 60 degree steep and 5 to 6 feet-wide at its narrowest.

You can hear Townsend checking out the chute from a helicopter saying: “I’m getting nervous,” but that does not last long. A few seconds later, we see him peering into the couloir before launching down this incredible line at over 60 mph.

In an interview with Outside, Townsend explains that right after skiing that line he thought it was the scariest thing he ever did, but when given some time he changed his mind and said: “it’s definitely in the top three.”

Townsend’s bold exploits were rewarded by Powder Magazine‘s 2014 Best Ski Line on Saturday December 6th, 2014.