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The Edge of Never: A Skier's Story of Life, Death, and Dreams in the World's Most Dangerous Mountains Paperback – November 7, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Creek Publications (November 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965633845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965633840
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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.

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I highly recommend this book to anyone, skier or not.
John Dobrott
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.
Joan Rostad
It tells the story of how one copes with the loss of a loved one.
Jeffrey Rosenbluth

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joan Rostad on November 18, 2008
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Rosenbluth on November 20, 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Dobrott on January 26, 2009
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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.
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By karissma on November 20, 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.
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By Helen Hoffman on December 3, 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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I appreciate that a lot of people like this book a lot. I can't argue with the fact that it is heartfelt and that Bill Kerig is both honest and writing from a vulnerable perspective (he is honest about his own travails and difficulties and how they play into the story). But the bottom line in all of this is that after reading the book and listening to the protagonists explain why they did what they did, I can't help but to conclude that at its core, this book is about the adults and their manipulation (for lack of a better word) of a kid, Kye Petersen, for what's in the end their own good rather than his. It's complicated for sure, but it's hard to run away from the unsettling thought that this is sad story about adults exploiting a teenager and running their own agendas under the guise of doing "what's best for him." The book made me cringe, and I felt "dirty" reading it.

I have lived in the world of which the authors write (albeit not necessarily at their level of it). I have skied and played with people who were hard-core "extreme" skier types (I hate that word, but it does successfully connote something), and with them I have done backcountry skiing, hiking, climbing, etc., although I would never claim to be "the real deal" in this regard (although some of my friends were). But I'm also not some armchair weekend warrior. What bothered me about this story is that it feels like a form of "pimping" by adults who are bringing "new fresh meat" into "the business" as an excuse for a project that is ultimately intended for their own benefit. Perhaps the "new fresh meat" would have followed that pathway anyway, but it felt like adults were making decisions for the kid while passing it off as "his decisions" and "his own free will." I think not.
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"The Edge of Never" by William A. Kerig, is a thrilling book with many entertaining literary elements. One element is point of view. Kerig writes this book from his point of view and adds so many details. He writes the story about a boy, not from the boy's point of view though, from his. Which makes it all the more exciting. Another literary element Kerig uses is imagery. With all of the glaciers that Kye, the boy who Kerig writes the book about, skis and all of the big mountains, Kerig writes about every little thing in detail. With him writing all of this he adds amazing imagery that the readers can see. The last literary element that Kerig writes about are all the characters. The characters that he writes about all have their own uniqueness. These characters are all real people. So the people that are also in the movie "The Edge of Never" are the same as in the book, and Kerig does an amazing job with the similarity of the characters in the book.
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