November 2008 Indie Next List
“The saga of world-famous skier Trevor Peterson's death in Chamonix in 1996 and the attempt of his 15-year-old son Kye to conquer the same deadly Couloir that killed his father, The Edge of Never provides an intriguing look at the attraction of extreme sports for those highly adrenalized and hugely talented skiers who make it their lives.”
— Betsy Burton, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
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.
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." Helives in Salt Lake City, Utah."
"[A] raging good read. The Edge of Never takes the reader beyond mountains, beyond snow and ice and danger, and into the heart of family." Wasatch Journal
"A great exploration of the tragic and unforgiving nature of life in the mountains and its beautiful and sometimes irresistible allure." Derek Taylor, editor, Powder magazine
"What Into Thin Air is to mountain climbing, Kerig's The Edge of Never is to skiing." Keith Carlsen, former editor, Powder magazine
"A gripping tale of fathers, sons, and the mountains that call to them." Marc Peruzzi, former editor-in-chief, Skiing magazine
"An insider's look at a tribe of devotedsome would say fanaticalskiers in the mountains that are their lifeblood (and all too often the cause of their death)." Peter Shelton, author, Climb to Conquer