Commercial Fishing Meets World-Class Skiing in This Short Film

It’s not often that a captain of a fishing boat is also a skier. But for McKenna Peterson, that’s just life.

“I fish because I love to fish,” McKenna Peterson says in this short film excerpt. And she goes on to tell the story of how both fishing and skiing provide an interconnected lifestyle in her home landscape of Alaska.

In 2017, Peterson’s father passed, and she took over the captain’s spot on her family’s fishing boat. With the help of her siblings, she’s maintained the salmon fishing operation in Southeast Alaska since. And her skiing is as much informed by her fishing as she clearly was by her father’s wisdom.

This piece exemplifies that connection, both in the hard-won grit of a fishing life and the elegance that only high mountain lines can provide. You can watch the full-length ski film “Huck Yeah!” via Matchstick Productions on a variety of platforms.

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Nicole Qualtieri

Based in Montana, Nicole Qualtieri is GearJunkie's Hunt + Fish Editor. She also serves as a Board Director for Orion the Hunters Insititute, a non-profit promoting fair chase and hunting ethics nationwide. A DIY hunter, she comes from a non-traditional hunting background and began hunting and fishing in her 30s. She's been a voice for hunting, fishing, and conservation since 2014, when she got started working on the television show MeatEater. She's an avid horsewoman, bird dog aficionado, snowboarder, hiker/backpacker, food nerd, and all-around outdoorswoman. Find her online at @nkqualtieri.

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