It was fifteen years ago on Saturday since one of the most recognized Canadian skiers of the late 1980s/early 1990s passed away. On February 26, 1996, Trevor Petersen, 34, skied solo near l’Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix and was taken by an avalanche.
The Whistlerite was a ski-mountaineering pioneer. Following in the tradition of European extreme skiers, he was amongst the first North Americans to explore and push the limits on this continent and in particular Western Canada. Trevor’s image and style was easily recognizable with his long ponytail hair and aggressive skiing in ski magazines and movies. Although he didn’t do it for fame, he inspired a generation of North American ski-mountaineers. Trevor accomplished many first descents in B.C’s coastal mountains, many of them with fellow BCer and good friend Eric Pehota.
Here is a quote from Homeboy’s piece on Eric Pehota:
In 1984, Eric Pehota met Trevor Petersen at Whistler. Trevor was a young, talented skateboarder and freeskier. The men became best friends who went on to ski dozens of first runs on high mountains. Eric and Trevor spend lots of time in the mountains hiking and skiing until skiing movies made them a well-known duo. Eric and Trevor were a fortunate pair because, as pioneers in the field, they were drawn into the big skiing movies of that era.
I had a difficult time finding good clips of this installment of Friday Night Video. The following quote might explain why:
Quote from Homeboy’s piece on Trevor Petersen:
As a skier Trevor Petersen was not looking for fame, which can be seen in the lack of pictures and stories of Trevor in the Internet. Trevor just loved ski-mountaineering.
Here are two very short clips by Peter Peru, the only really relevant ones to this week feature. I hope you enjoyed them
A final quote on Trevor Petersen by Michel Beaudry 1996’s Skinet article:
A cauldron of high-grade energy, the Whistlerite had a life force that seemed unextinguishable. And a spirit that was totally engaging. His signature ponytail flying proudly behind him, Petersen had skied and climbed his way into the heart of mountain culture. His was not a pose. He was the real thing.
Here is a good introduction about Trevor on Edge of Never, a book/movie documentary by Bill Kerig. The story is about the extreme skiing and the relationship between Trevor and his son Kye Petersen.
Watch the extended trailer (8:58), first minute is about Trevor. Link
The shorter trailer (2:37) intro focuses on Trevor and his relationship with Eric Pehota. About 30 minutes at the start are on that relationship. Link
SkiNet Report by Michel Beaudry (1996): Trevor Petersen: When death comes too soon
Homeboy Ski Blog by Marko Pyhajarv (2008): Forgotten Stars of Skiing, Part 1 – Trevor Petersen
Homeboy Ski Blog by Marko Pyhajarv (2009): Eric Pehota Interview – A Glimpse at the Life of the Big Mountain Rider Pioneer
A Tribute to a Real Ski Hero on Rap Films website.
Synopsis of The Spirit movie by Peter Peru’s Extreme Film And Expedition School dedicated to Trevor Petersen. Clips of Trevor found on the internet were mostly from Peter Peru’s films.
Steep (2007) by Mark Obenhaus.