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The Edge of Never: A Skier's Story of Life, Death and Dreams in the World's Most Dangerous Mountains: A Skier's Story of Fathers and Sons, Life and Death, in the World's Most Dangerous Mountains [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

William A. Kerig
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1. September 2008

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.


  • Taschenbuch: 254 Seiten
  • Verlag: Stone Creek Publications (1. September 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0965633845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965633840
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,3 x 13,9 x 21,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 380.977 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"[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 devoted—some would say fanatical—skiers in the mountains that are their lifeblood (and all too often the cause of their death)."  —Peter Shelton, author, Climb to Conquer


Capturing the romance and risk of extreme big-mountain skiing, this non-fiction adventure follows 15-year-old Kye Peterson as he attempts to conquer the same mountain in Chamonix, France - known as 'the death sport capital of the world' - that claimed the life of his father more than a decade earlier. 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.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen super Buch, sehr interessant, leicht zu lesen 12. Mai 2010
Von A. Morlok
Ich fand das Buch sehr interessant und leicht in Englisch zu lesen. Auch mein Sohn (15 Jahre, 10. Klasse) hat das Buch gerne gelesen. Wenn man sich ein wenig fürs Skifahren und Szene interessiert unbedingt lesenswert.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gutes Buch, Film weniger 7. Dezember 2010
Von Heinz
Ein sehr leicht zu lesendes und packendes Buch.

Hab mir danach auch den gleichnamigen Film zugelegt, dieser konnte meien Erwartungen jedoch nicht erfüllen. Das Buch liest sich wesentlich spannender und geht tiefer unter die Haut als die Verfilmung.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Edge of Never by Bill Kerig 18. November 2008
Von Joan Rostad - Veröffentlicht auf
Bill Kerig made his bones as a skier competing for ten years on the World Pro Mogul Tour. After retiring in 1996, he began building his reputation as a writer and film producer/director, married an understanding woman, and started a family, which led him to mastermind the extraordinary adventure he relates in this remarkable book. Kerig takes us inside the world of big mountain skiing with a group of skiers who arguably invented the sport, with a story within a story within a story. In the center is the legendary Trevor Petersen, who was killed at the height of his prowess in the prime of his life in an avalanche at Chamonix in 1996; that story is encapsulated by the coming of age journey his son Kye makes to Chamonix in 2005 to ski the run where his father died; and surrounding both stories is another equally compelling one about Bill Kerig's personal quest make a movie that will enable skiers and nonskiers alike "see what it is that makes this mountain life so special that people are willing to die in order to live it. I wanted to see selflessness, the loyalty of family, tradition and respect. I wanted to see men risk their lives to help a boy become a man--a better man than themselves, perhaps."

It is rare for me to read a book start to finish in one day, especially one with the girth of The Edge of Never, but that's how it was. Combining astute observation and a penetrating, journalistic style of writing, Kerig puts the reader on that trip to Chamonix with the 110-pound twin-tip riding lost boy who earns his birthright by experiencing his father's last run firsthand--with the able assistance of his dad's good friends Glen Plake and Mike Hattrup, private instruction from the man who wrote the book on ski mountaineering routes around Chamonix, Anselme Baud, and the unwavering leadership of a chain-smoking French guide called Fanfan, who later nearly dies in a "stupid" fall while filming background shots for the movie.

Kye Petersen was a rising fifteen year old professional skier in 2004 when Bill Kerig proposed that he retrace his father's last run down the Glacier Rond at Chamonix as the premise of a documentary that would seek an answer to why guys like Trevor Petersen would risk life and limb to ski the most treacherous mountains in the world. The very proposition, even though Kye is acknowledged as one of the best fifteen year old skiers in the world, is so crazy Kerig marvels that Tanya Petersen would ever allow her son to do it. Crazy is the word Kye chooses to describe the experience after he does it:

"This is the craziest feeling ever. The satisfaction, the one hundred percent satisfaction from the long mission! I've never done anything that took that long to ski. That much effort. This is really, really cool. And suuuper scary. I don't know what kind of words to use, really. The no-fall zones--serious no-fall zones--it's like nothing I've ever done before. Gave me a really crazy feeling of adrenaline. I always wanted to ski this place. To see what my father saw, where he went. Now I've been there. I know now. This is the best feeling, the craziest feeling in the whole world!"

Chamonix is known as "the Death Sport Capital of the World" because an average of sixty people die on its slopes every year. We learn that Anselme Baud's son died just the year before, skiing a route that Anselme had pioneered with Patrick Vallencant almost twenty years before. We meet Doug Coombs on the Aiguille du Midi the day Kye skies the Glacier Rond. A year later, Coombs died in an attempt to save a friend who fell off a cliff while skiing together at La Grave, just down the road from Chamonix. Kerig is inspired to take the risk of doing this project when his mother dies unexpectedly. Then when Peter Jennings, whose company owned the rights to Kerig's movie and was underwriting the film project, dies of lung cancer soon after the crew returns home, the project is sidelined in favor of a documentary about Doug Coombs called "Steep," which came out last year.

Although death plays a prominent role in The Edge of Never, the reader gains an understanding of life, and how the men and women who play those stakes do it not because they love death but because they love life and won't let the fear overcome their faith. Kerig writes early in the book, in the chapter called A Madman's Scheme about coming up with the concept for the film, a passage that perfectly explains why Trevor would do it, and why Kye (and Bill) would too.

" a skier I know that taking control requires moving toward the thing you most fear. On very steep terrain, everything in your being screams, Back off! Get away from the edge! But you learn to ignore those voices and move toward the emptiness because if you lean away from the void and into the slope, your ski bases tilt and you lose your edge--the only thing holding you to the hill. Lose your edge at the wrong moment, and it could be the last thing you ever do. Control comes from squaring your shoulders, reaching out and planting your pole down the hill, and moving with complete conviction toward the abyss. It's a thrilling, counterintuitive, high-stakes dance, and it's become my one enduring faith."

Bill Kerig was able to buy the rights to all the film footage described in the book. He expects to release the film he intended to make in Chamonix about Kye and Trevor Peterson in the fall of 2009. It too will be called The Edge of Never.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Thrilling Book 21. November 2008
Von Jeffrey Rosenbluth - Veröffentlicht auf
This book is one of the most thrilling, inspiring, books i have ever read. It tells the story of how one copes with the loss of a loved one. Throughout this incredible journey, Kye Peterson goes on a journey to Chamonix, France (the mountain that his dad died on) On a quest to find the joy that his dad had in skiing the biggest mountains, and to make the long awaited memorial of his dad. This book is truly inspiring. It touches the heart in a way one would never think a book about skiing could do. Thank you Bill for writing this fantastic work.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book!!! 26. Januar 2009
Von John Dobrott - Veröffentlicht auf
This book reads like a heart thumping spy novel. Never a dull moment. At the same time it gives insight to the incredible world of big mountain skiing.

Kerig makes it so you understand and identify with the characters. You see that these people are consummate professionals, not ski bums. The risks taken are not frivolous. Kerig gives you a feel for what drives them.

I highly recommend this book to anyone, skier or not.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Documentary Ever 21. November 2013
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I first caught this movie by accident on Showtime. Immediately caught my attention. The look of those grey jagged peaks in France. I taped it and insisted everyone who came over must see this film. I loved the characters, the filming, the soundtrack and especially the story.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome Read 3. Dezember 2012
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The perfect book for any avid skier you may know. It's the kind of book that you can't put down once you start reading!
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