Last winter I received email from a person marketing The Edge of Never book, written by Bill Kerig. I was told the book tells about Kye Petersen and his trip to Chamonix to ski the glacier that killed his father Trevor Petersen. “Wait a minute, I know these guys”, I remember thinking.
It was a sunny morning on 1996 when legendary backcountry skiing pioneer Trevor Petersen headed to Glacier Rond. He was alone. Trevor was an experienced skier, and Glacier Ronde was pretty easy challenge for him, but that day Trevor had bad luck. Nobody knows exactly what happened, but Trevor’s dead body was found in the end of Exit Couloir of Glacier Rond. It was a sad day. The world had lost a great icon pioneer and of the sport.
12 years later Trevor’s son Kye Petersen travels to Chamonix with legendary bad boy Glen Plake and Bill Kerig’s film crew. They are about to shoot a document movie of Kye Petersen skiing Glacier Rond in memory of his father. Despite of his young age (15) Kye Petersen is very skillful skier, but at that time he had not had much experience in the big mountains. It was not easy for Bill Kerig to bring a teenager to dangerous mountains and the whole story on how it went can now be seen in The Edge of Never ski movie.
The Edge of Never is a document, not a traditional ski movie
Just like the Steep ski movie, The Edge of Never is a document film. It’s a long story told in chronological order, starting from the early days when Trevor Petersen and Eric Pehota conquer the high mountains of Alaska, continuing to mid 1990s and the tragedy of Trevor Petersen, and finally focusing on young Kye Petersen and his trip to Chamonix.
The Edge of Never ski movie is very well written and told. It is a touching document that sometimes makes you drop a tear, sometimes shout “hell yeah!”, and sometimes feel like the owner of the world. The Edge of Never really pulls you into the world of skiing, instead it looks at things from different perspective. Although The Edge of Never shows you how tragic and fragile life can be, it also shows how you really can live your life to the fullest by traveling around the world, skiing the big mountains, hanging out with great buddies and doing what you love the most every day.
What I really like the most in The Edge of Never movie is having a change to see into the world of Kye Petersen. I heard about this young kid years ago, but I never knew he was actually THAT good already at the age of 15. First it made me feel sad to see little Kye in his father’s funeral, but watching him charging the big mountains some 15 years later made me really happy for him. I am glad to see Kye living his life to the fullest.
Few highlights in The Edge of Never ski movie
There are few absolutely mind-blowing scenes in this ski movie, heres a list of those that you need to watch at least once in your lifetime.
- Glen Plake driving his fast boat (Oh man, it just looks sooooooo fun!)
- Trevor Petersen and Eric Pehota killing the mountains back in the early 90’s (Classic)
- 15 years old Kye Petersen riding park (Amazing. So amazingly skillful kid)
- Legendary Anselme Baud skiing Couloir Gervasutti back 1970’s (Everyone should see this)
- Fanfan riding powder (Probably the best combination of powder skiing and music. Really!)
- Anselme Baud throwing helis (Yeah, try it yourself in your sixties. Still going strong!)
- Doug Coombs talking to Key (These are the last pictures of this legendary ski mountaineer)
- Kye Petersen riding Tantalus Range (Simply stunning..)
- Eric Pehota skiing with his sons (I’m a father too, I like this)
The Edge of Never will not leave you disappointed
So, what is the result of this ski movie review? We are not movie critics, but we know what makes a good ski movie, what makes a lousy ski movie and what makes a great ski movie. The Edge of Never is simply great. No, it’s awesome. Get yourself a copy, you won’t be disappointed.
Order The Edge of Never DVD from their webshop (price $30).
Thanks Bill for giving Homeboys a chance to watch The Edge of Never among the first ones. We really appreciate it!
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