Drew Petersen Speaks to Mental Health in the Mountains in Salomon Short Film

There’s more to the perma-stoked Wasatch skier Drew Petersen than meets the eye.

Drew Petersen has survived days where, he says, it was “harder than climbing a mountain to get out of bed.” But he’s lived to tell about it and gets vulnerable in a new film from Salomon. “Ups and Downs” pulls back the veil, revealing the dark side of high-performance mountain sports.

Petersen’s reality changed after a rockfall incident almost killed him in 2017. He’s navigated PTSD, bipolar disorder, brain injury rehabilitation, and suicidal thoughts in the 4 years since the accident.

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In the film, his quotes are harrowing. Salomon describes his journey as a “tailspin,” and the terminology seems on target. Fortunately, though, Petersen arrived at a seminal realization that helped him start climbing out of the darkness.

“Asking for help is one of the strongest things you can do,” he says. “It’s probably the most important thing I’ve done in my whole life.”

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The film short “Ups and Downs” is a different breed of adventure survival story, told through the lens of ski touring. It premieres today.

If you’re struggling, help is available — call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7).

Runtime: 20 minutes

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Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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