Oakley's Kye Peterson Stars in New Non-Fiction
Oakley’s KYE PETERSON is the star of a new book capturing the romance and risk of extreme big-mountain skiing.
In the world of big-mountain skiing, Trevor Petersen was a legend. Appearing in countless films, magazines and photo shoots, his ponytail flying behind him, he was the very embodiment of the freewheeling spirit of extreme skiing in the 1980s and early ’90s. Then it all came to an end. On February 26, 1996, while skiing in Chamonix, France-the so-called Death Sport Capital of the World-an avalanche swept Trevor away. His body was found sitting up in the snow as if gazing at the mountains he loved.
Nearly a decade later, Trevor’s fifteen-year-old son, Kye Petersen, a rising star in his own right, traveled to Chamonix to ski the run that took his father’s life and, with the aid of some of the world’s greatest ski mountaineers, to become a member of skiing’s big-mountain tribe. There to chronicle Kye’s story was William A. Kerig, a filmmaker with a dream of his own-to create a film about the soul of big-mountain skiing and the band of mountaineers who ski the steepest, wildest, most dangerous terrain in the world.
In The Edge of Never, Kerig gives us not only a ripping adventure tale about a young man coming of age but a frank and subtle portrait of the extreme skiers who “live big” in the face of death and risk everything to experience the fullness of life in the mountains. Aided by some of the greatest ski mountaineers of the day, and followed by a documentary filmmaker and ski enthusiast, this book tells a story of surviving against nature, overcoming mental and physical challenges, and coming of age in a world of extreme adventure.
About the Author
William A. Kerig has been a professional skier for 10 years and has contributed to Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Powder magazine, Skiing magazine, and Snow Country. He created and coproduced Steep, a feature documentary about big-mountain skiing; has hosted and produced television pieces for ESPN, Fox Sports, and the Weather Channel; and is the author of The Snowboarder’s Guide to Life and Utah Underground. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.