Eric Pehota was part of
one of the greatest teams in ski mountaineering history.
Named as one of the greatest 48 skiers of our time in Powder‘s 35th anniversary issue.
Pehota was born on November 17, 1964 and grew up in Mackenzie near Powder King in Northern BC. He moved to Whistler in 1984 and the rest in history. During the next decade, Eric Pehota and ski-partner Trevor Petersen started numerous first descents in the Coastal Range. In 1990 Pehota’s accomplished Mount Waddington’s first descent, the highest peak entirely located within British Columbia. He would go on to ski more than 40 first descents.
The influence of Petersen and Pehota was often as a single unit, showcasing their skills together on mountains like Pontoon Range in the Chugach or Canada’s Mount Robson
Steve Casimiro in the documentary Steep.
In the 80s Trevor and Eric basically pioneered ski moutaineering in Western Canada, they were the guys who took down most of the first descents who thought an entire generation of Western Canadians what can be done in their own backyards they just got after it in a ways more than anybody did in the states and created a body of ski work that is really unprecedented.
Petersen, Pehota’s friend and ski partner, was killed in an avalanche in 1996 while he was skiing solo. Pehota now lives in nearby Pemberton with his family where we run a Jet boating company and skis over 100 days a season and continues ripping with his two boys, Logan and Dalton.
Eric Pehota and his two sons, Logan and Dalton in Warren Miller’s Cold Fusion (2001)
Further reading and sources:
Interview for Edge of Never (2009)
Steep (2007) by Mark Obenhaus.
Edge of Never (2009), a book/movie documentary by Bill Kerig
Powder (December 2006), 35.4: The 35th Anniversary Issue
The 48 Greatest Skiers of Our Time: Most Influential People of the Last 35 years