FEATURED ATHLETE: PETE MCAFEE
I’m Pete McAfee, my right leg was amputated as a young child, making it pretty easy to adapt. I was born and raised in west Texas to a hard working, middle class family. I’m the oldest of three brothers and came from humble beginnings. I spent most of my time playing in the dirt and fighting; it was a pretty awesome childhood! I learned the value of hard work early in life. By 7th grade I had a built up a good size clientele and had a steady job mowing lawns. I started snow skiing at 27 years old after moving to Oregon, but spent the majority of my time playing in the surf. Somewhere around 33 years old my focus shifted from sea to summit, and I became totally obsessed with ski mountaineering. I guess it’s never too late to learn a new skill.
When I’m not on an expedition, you’ll find me adventuring with my family, working as an x-ray tech or volunteering my time teaching adaptive skiers on Mt Ashland! I am incredibly blessed to have an amazing, beautiful, incredibly supportive wife and two awesome daughters! They believe in me more than I believe in myself, and I’m a pretty confident dude.
Name a person who inspires you to be a better skier?
My kids! No matter what the conditions are, their stoke for skiing is next level and they are on a rocket ship of progression!
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Donate to adaptive outdoor programs and ski a lot!
What makes for the ultimate day on the mountain?
A gnarly storm day! You don’t always remember the blue bird days, but you always remember the days filled with adversity. Those are the most meaningful to me.
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