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post #31 of 59
Now I'm going to have to get this book after nolo's review and all these comments like COskigirl's.
Beautiful picture on that website of the fourteen year old Kye in sunset skiing steeps at Blackcomb. Looks a lot like his dad - only know from movie Steep.
Isn't FanFan the guide in the movie Steep who's being helicoptered out of Chamonix? The movie never says it but I think the alternate track refers to it.
Would love to see the project SkiWrite is working on. One of the problems with Steep, even though it's extraordinary in many respects, is that there's never any discussion of risk. No discussion of avalanche danger and the different levels of risk that the different skiers take. It's a bit too tv documentary in that respect - as if we can't handle the information.
post #32 of 59

Edge of Never

Thanks for review Nolo. SkiWrite ordered book from your site 3 min ago. I can get my full dose of vicarious experiences.
post #33 of 59
Bought this book for my Dad for Christmas. Bill took the time to write a personal message for my Father and sign it before sending it out, it got here two days after I ordered it (in the evening), and Bill even personally sent me an e-mail after I made my order letting me know it was on his way and that I could ask him any questions if I had any.

I am fighting the urge to crack into this book right now and read it before Christmas, as I don't want to give it to my father with a creased spine. I hope he reads it fast, because I am waiting in the wings to read it as soon as he's done.
post #34 of 59
I just ordered it myself
post #35 of 59
I did recieve this book under the tree as a gift from my brother. This thread is worthy of a bump. Any of you who might have holiday $$$, gift cards, or money from returns should consider purchasing this book.

Once you get started reading it you won't put it down. So, plan accordingly. I contemplated staying up all night last night to finish it, but instead slept for about 4 hours before finishing it this morning.

It's a great story that sucks you in as you ride along shot gun on a true big mountain adventure.

Thanks Bill.
post #36 of 59

Love the book!

I read this book over the holidays and felt compelled to write a review. It really is exactly what I have been looking for in a ski movie (although Steep came really close) that it's a shame Kye's movie didn't get finished. But on the plus side, we got this great book instead. I think a book allows the more intimate moments to shine through which would otherwise be lost on film. Still, I would love to see the movie finished someday.


 


Edited by Cirquerider - 2/16/2009 at 02:01 am
post #37 of 59

I bought The Edge of Never for my wife for Hannukah  --  she reads somewhat slower than I do, so I poached it from her book pile recently.

 

Holy cow!  Great read!  Bill, I hope that you do get the movie made, because I think that this is what Steep should have been, IMHO.  I was practically hyperventilating while reading some of the skiing sequences!

post #38 of 59

 I have yet to pick this book up, but I really need to!

 

post #39 of 59

^^ Yes, you're a dork now get the book!

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  I was practically hyperventilating while reading some of the skiing sequences!

Yeah I'll agree with that!  Really this book is annoying once you start it.  You can't put it down!

If your reading this on a plane and haven't finished before landing it'll be likely you request the pilot circle the airport.  When the request is denied be careful or you'll storm the cockpit!

post #40 of 59

Seriously, TC, you need to read this book. It's an absolute must. 

post #41 of 59

My father got me this book for Christmas; I finally got around to reading it.  There aren't too many books I've read that fall squarely into the "couldn't put it down" category, but "The Edge of Never" is surely one of them.  I got sweaty palms just reading about Kye's descent of the Exit Coulier.

post #42 of 59

Anyone who hasn't read this book yet either hasn't heard of it,  doesn't read, hasn't received it as a present, can't afford & library doesn't have, or isn't really into skiing.  Or maybe just not believers of what an awesome read it is.   Except of course for those that just haven't stopped skiing long enough to catch-up on their work & chores.  So I guess for some, it will be a Summer or vacation read.   So like, it's a book every skier has gotta read at some point. Totally riveting.  Glad I read it before snowfall or I'da missed a few days of skiing.   Can't find the right smiley (it's gone).  Not critisizing , Just sayin' it's such a good book you shouldn't miss out on it.

post #43 of 59

For those in Denver, I picked up a copy yesterday at Tattered Cover.

post #44 of 59

I got the book as a X-mas gift. Well written and engrossing.

However, I found the story problematic. Pressuring? Encouraging?? a 15 year old park rider (who though a good skier, was no where near the level he needed to be to do the Exit Couloir) to do the terrain that killed his expert, experienced father was just plain WRONG.

 

This aspect of the story was pushed by Glen Plake and somewhat reluctantly agreed to by the author. Yes, it's more a story line continuum than the usual "ski porn'. But this kid was no where near the level of expertise that he should have been to do this skiing. I am glad he was not hurt and was protected (somewhat) by his elders. But SHEESH, no way should this kid have been out there being filmed doing  the run that killed his father.

 

I found this book disturbing to read. Rather than saying it's a great read about the beauty of the mountains and extreme skiing, I would hope it would create more conversation about those with a need to go to the edge of death, in order to feel alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #45 of 59

 I picked up a copy for me and one for my Brother in Law.  

I think he liked it.

post #46 of 59

Defnitely going to pick up this book. Read a recent interview with Eric Pehota, sort of a "where is he now" thing. Talks some about Trevor.

 

http://homeboyski.com/2009/02/27/eric-pehota-interview-a-glimpse-at-the-life-of-the-big-mountain-rider-pioneer/

 

Also, Trevor's mom has a website:

http://www.polsonline.ca/

 

post #47 of 59

Has anyone seen the Edge of Never promo anticipating a new film?

A documentary feature film, THE EDGE OF NEVER is being produced by Edge of Never, LLC, a production company owned by Peter Schweitzer and William A. Kerig. Inspired by a nonfiction book of the same title written by Kerig, the film is being executive produced, written, and directed by Schweitzer and Kerig.

 

 

Really cool stuff.  I think you'll like it.

post #48 of 59

 OOOH, Thanks for posting that Cirque!

post #49 of 59

LCS, yes the story is problematic. Which is a huge reason it is so compelling and engrossing.  Without the problems it would just be another story of day in an extreme skier's life.  I agree with you that it can definately prompt interesting discussions and is not a book about the beauty of the mountains and extreme skiers. Maybe you would consider initiating a thread to discuss the book ?  Putting it here would require a "SPOILER" alert.

 

Two comments you made, 1) a park rider, not sure why you describe him that way. http://www.tetongravity.com/profiles/profile.aspx?rider=Kye_Petersen

2) Somewhat protected. It brought to mind last weekends event where clearly underskilled, under equipped adults with fatally flawed judgement, took a 14yr old up to ski a permanently closed avalanche area.        

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Calgarians+killed+Kicking+Horse+avalanche/1367816/story.html

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/82090/kicking-horse-avalanche

 

Reminded me of the totality of skills and experience the Edge of Never describes are absolutely necessary before considering, let alone attempting, to ski open but avalanche prone areas.   And still the risks remain.  I would hope those reading The Edge of Never would gain a glimmer of understanding the magnitude of experience and skills it takes for that type of skiing. 

post #50 of 59

I read this book cover to cover on two flights home from Big Sky. A truly amazing boot. Having met a few of the "characters" (I mean that is the best possible way), it was good to put their voices to the words. I now need to go back and watch "Winter Equinox" and "Blizzard..." again. The Edge of Never should be required reading before anyone ventures off piste. 

 

The one question I have from the book/trip was, what wasn't Eric Pehota present on this particular adventure? 

post #51 of 59

Any update on this movie? When is it getting released? Read book, now want to see film! 

post #52 of 59

Hey Hoody et al,

 

Yes, there is an update on the movie. We scraped up enough dough to finish it and went back to Chamonix and Whistler over the last two months. We're now working on the post production in Salt Lake City. We expect to premiere it in Sept. and tour with it throughout the fall. It will also have a limited theatrical run in the fall. I'll keep you posted if you'll all keep spreadin' the love! Thanks for all your support.

 

More soon.

BK 

post #53 of 59

SkiWrite, is this the movie inspired by the book that is inspired by a movie?

 

A great tribute to your writing is that I actually read the book!  I am not much of a reader but when I started, I couldn't put it down.  Thanks for the inspiration! 

post #54 of 59

Heh, kinda like SportsNight, a TV show about a TV show about sports. This is a movie about a book about a movie.  

post #55 of 59

 

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Heh, kinda like SportsNight, a TV show about a TV show about sports. This is a movie about a book about a movie.  

And this is a post about a post about a movie about a book about a movie. Sorry, couldn't resist.

post #56 of 59

Just ordered the book. Looking forward to reading with my son who justgot ga ga hooked on skiing this winter (he's 12 yo)

post #57 of 59

 

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LCS, yes the story is problematic. Which is a huge reason it is so compelling and engrossing.  Without the problems it would just be another story of day in an extreme skier's life.  I agree with you that it can definately prompt interesting discussions and is not a book about the beauty of the mountains and extreme skiers. Maybe you would consider initiating a thread to discuss the book ?  Putting it here would require a "SPOILER" alert.

 

Two comments you made, 1) a park rider, not sure why you describe him that way. http://www.tetongravity.com/profiles/profile.aspx?rider=Kye_Petersen

2) Somewhat protected. It brought to mind last weekends event where clearly underskilled, under equipped adults with fatally flawed judgement, took a 14yr old up to ski a permanently closed avalanche area.        

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Calgarians+killed+Kicking+Horse+avalanche/1367816/story.html

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/82090/kicking-horse-avalanche


 


I got the impression he was primarily a park rider from the book.

And yes, he was with skilled, experienced professionals. But HE was young, unskilled at big mountain skiing, not particularly mature for his age, etc.

The scene where the french expert and Plake "teach" the essential turn to survive the couloir gave me shivers. I am so glad all came thru this without hurt. But taking the young man to do that couloir with so little experience and practice just seemed arrogantly indifferent to his ultimate well-being.

 

I would like to see the movie that has the real footage. To see if the sense I got from reading the book is still the same or changed by hearing and seeing the participants "first hand".

post #58 of 59

 

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And this is a post about a post about a movie about a book about a movie. Sorry, couldn't resist.

ROFLMAO

post #59 of 59
LCS , that turn instruction was an excellent scene.  I understand your view point about the endangerment.  Saddest, to me,  is unfortunately we see this nearly everyday in a variety of situations.  With much less thought given to those situations because the danger isn't so obvious nor do they appear as extreme or likely to happen.  Yet they end in death or tragedy on a frequent basis.

Now that the film has a release date and some of the screening locations announced, hoping you will have the opportunity to see the film and be able to make that judgment.
Edited by 911over - 8/20/09 at 11:19am
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