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!

Breakfast of champions?

Breakfast is my favorite meal! Bacon, eggs, pancakes and coffee!

Favorite chairlift and why?

Ariel chair, Mt. Ashland: I can always find my friends there, and it’s like getting shot out of a slingshot when you load!

The most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this year? (books, podcasts, TV shows)

“Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins, it’s actually the only book I’ve read in years.

Highlight memory from filming with WME for this year's film?

Late nights in the tent cracking up laughing with the guys!

Gear you are loving right now, on or off the ski slopes, and why?

DPS skis and my Patagonia puffy because they’re lightweight and functional!

What is a cause you care about that you'd love to share with the Warren Miller audience?

I’d love to highlight adaptive programs like Dream Adaptive, Oregon Adaptive Sports and Hi Fives Foundation. A lot of my friends were in a dark place after their injuries. These organizations got them out on the slopes and taught them to ski. Through skiing they regained their confidence and that feeling of freedom and independence.

How did the 2020/2021 ski season look different for you than your usual season?

This year was different in so many ways and I have to say I have never been more grateful for a ski season. Skiing was the first thing I got to do that felt normal in a long time and while I didn’t travel like normal, I still found great snow and had epic days in the mountains with friends. 

What do you do to calm your butterflies before a big line/race/moment? 

Say a prayer. 

 

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Don't miss Pete in our 72nd film, Winter Starts Now, dropping Fall 2021!