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ONE SEVEN EIGHT

A year after opening an outdoor shop in central Sweden, ski mountaineer Henrik Westling had felt like the walls were closing in. But how do you create a life that balances work, family and your passion for the mountains? In the first episode of BDTV, we travel to Jämtland, Sweden, where Westling recently became the first person to climb and ski every one of the region's 178 summits. In doing so, he did more than accomplish a goal: he found a way of living that will inspire you to rethink how you create balance in your life.

Episode 1: One Seven Eight

THE FORECASTER

We think of the backcountry as a place of unlimited freedom. But as more and more skiers seek that freedom out, their decisions are having consequences few have truly considered. Reading the snow is both an art and a science, but as the promise of deep powder draws more backcountry skiers to Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, avalanche forecaster Drew Hardesty is sharing more than a snow report. He’s speaking out, sharing a message that will change the way you think about skiing in the backcountry this winter.

Episode 2: The Forecaster

A SIMPLE MACHINE

The La Grave cablecar is an icon of big-mountain freeskiing, a unique lift that accesses some of the most classic unmarked and unpatrolled steep-skiing descents in the Alps. As La Grave faces historic challenges—its main road closed by rockfall and the continued operation of the cablecar in doubt—we take an insider's view of “Le Telepherique” and what’s at stake in the uncertain future of this backcountry mecca.

Episode 3: A Simple Machine

SHARING THE LINE

For Black Diamond Global Athlete Babsi Zangerl, climbing the intimidating Bellavista, one of the hardest alpine multi-pitches in the world at 8c, wasn't about conquering the route’s huge roof. As Babsi quested upwards, trusting rusty pitons and terrible rock, she and her partner, Ambassador Jacopo Larcher, depended totally upon each other. “The most important thing is not standing on the summit…probably the most important thing for me is to share these experiences with somebody."

Episode 4: Sharing the Line

THE WIDTH OF LIFE

Climber and author Dave Pegg was a fixture in his climbing community of Rifle, Colorado, a man remembered for what he gave to others. With his passing, many of his projects were left unfinished, some of them still partially bolted dreams. Now, Black Diamond Ambassador Dan Mirsky returns to the Western Slope, learning how to bolt and clean, hoping to finish and climb a striking line, paying homage to the man who lived a life of width.

Episode 5: The Width of Life

THE MASTER OF MOVES

In the forests of Fontainebleau, the boulders hold some of the most astounding shapes in the world, inspiration to artists and climbers alike. World Cup route setter Jacky Godoffe has been climbing there for decades, and his routes are drawn from the motion of Font. For Jacky, this expression, and sharing it with others, is his happiness.

Episode 6: The Master of Moves