William A. Kerig has been a feature-film producer and director, helmed Internet companies, authored books, edited magazines, and has also written hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles on subjects ranging from technology to travel to sports. But most of all he's a skier.
Kerig grew up in the Boston area and attended Saint Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont. After earning a bachelor's degree in business in 1984, he moved to New York City with the vague and misguided idea of pursing a career on Wall Street. Three months later, he sold his suits, decamped Manhattan, and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he earnestly pursued a high-level (8,000-feet above sea level) career as a dishwasher and ski bum at Snowbird Ski Resort. The following year, he moved to Vail, Colorado, and began to compete on the World Pro Mogul Tour. He skied professionally for 10 years. While skiing, he also launched his career in journalism. Beginning as a reporter and columnist for The Vail Trail newspaper, over the next decade he wrote for numerous national and international outlets including Expedia.com, Geo (Germany), Men's Health,Men’s Journal, MSNBC.com, Ski, Skiing,Powder, Snow Country, USA Today.com, Velo (France), and Zurich Sport. He was contributing editor of Skiing magazine from 1987 to 2004, editor in chief of Digital iQ magazine from 2001 to 2002, and Founder/Publisher/Editor of the Wasatch Journal in 2007 and 2008. He is currently promoting and touring with his film, The Edge of Never
In television, he hosted Private Lessons Ski Tips on the Weather Channel for five years; wrote, produced and co-hosted Playing in Style, a weekly winter sports show that aired on Fox Sports; and was a commentator and on-air analyst on ESPN’s 1998 Winter X Games. As a producer on the CBS Sports/News Desk at the 1998 Nagano Olympics he covered mogul skiing, hockey, and the subsequent marijuana fracas that ensued when one of Canada’s snowboarders tested positive for pot. The same year he also produced an ABC News special on the 1999 World Extreme Skiing Championships and an in-depth piece for CBS's 48 Hours on skier Picabo Street. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, he produced segments for ABC’s World News Tonight and was honored to interview sportscasting legend Jim McKay. In 2003, he traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, to produce and direct Byrning Borders, a television pilot about the globetrotting adventures of Patrick Byrne, a philosopher/philanthropist/dot com CEO who was setting up an international network to help artisans in the poorest and most dangerous countries sell their goods on the Internet.
His books include: The Snowboarder's Total Guide to Life (1997, Random House/Villard), a tongue-in-cheek send-up of snowboard culture; Utah Underground (2001 Mountain Sports Press/AOL Time Warner), a guide to the unexpected side of Utah. Outside magazine called it the Best Guide to Utah; and The Edge of Never, a nonfiction book set in the world of big-mountain skiing (2008, Stone Creek Publications).
His first film, “Net Worth,” (1999) starred Daniel Baldwin, Craig Sheffer, Michael T. Weiss, and Todd Field. An independent feature film, Kerig wrote, produced, and was second-unit director. The film sold to Blockbuster Entertainment and is available there today. For PJ Productions, the company owned by the late ABC anchorman Peter Jennings, Kerig created the film “Steep,” (2007), a documentary feature film set in the world of big-mountain skiing. He was part of the fundraising team, co-produced, and was second-unit director on film. “Steep” premiered at the 2007 Tribecca Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics in 2008. In 2008, the International Skiing History Association awarded Kerig with its Best Story in a motion picture for his work in Steep. Kerig is currently writing, producing and directing a documentary feature film based on his book, The Edge of Never. The film is slated for release in 2009.
Kerig began to work on the Web in 1995 when he designed the site for the Playing in Style televison show. In addition to writing for Expedia.com and MSNBC.com, he was editor at large for EXPN.com in 1999. Then, Kerig helmed LevelRed, Inc., a San Diego–based Internet company, serving as president and chief operating officer. He led the company when it went public, and was successful in launching two television shows, an award-winning Internet portal, and a print magazine. In 2005-2006 Kerig was president and chief operating officer of HealthRight Inc., a Salt Lake City based an Internet company specializing in on-line personal health care.
William A. Kerig lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Bel, daughter Grace, and son Liam. He is a member in good standing of the Directors Guild of America, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Salt Lake Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and a member of the Greater Salt Lake Writers’ Alliance.Speaking Engagements | Book Tour | More Info: www.billkerig.com