McKenna is the quintessential ‘ski bum’. A former Freeskiing World Tour competitor, McKenna spends most of her winter backcountry skiing and chasing snow. She works on a fishing boat in Alaska during the summer months to continue to have winters off. McKenna has 12 years of backcountry skiing experience with extensive trips around the world. She has worked with world renowned mountain photographers and has been a part of multiple film projects including Warren Miller, Pretty Faces and Stellar Migrations. McKenna skied first descents in Iceland and Greenland while on an all female expedition, aiming to bring awareness to the effects of climate change on the Greenlandic ice sheet. She is a passionate ambassador for The Climate Reality Project. Somewhere between traveling the world and commercial fishing, McKenna has found time to complete a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. She enjoys documenting her adventures and has had writing published in BombSnow Magazine, BigLife Magazine, National Geographic Adventure online,, among others.

mckenna's Projects

Shifting Ice

In March of 2014, former Freeskiing World Tour competitor, McKenna Peterson and five other women set out to lead a ski and sale expedition on the west coast of Greenland. They explored and skied first descents while limiting their environmental footprint by sailing and climbing. The expedition has served as a platform for raising awareness about climate change and environmental issues as well as inspiring and promoting female participation in snow sports adventures.

Photo by KT Miller

Mckenna's Partner Organizations

The Climate Reality Project

The Climate Reality Project – a diverse group of passionate individuals who have come together to solve the greatest challenge of our time. We are cultural leaders, organizers, scientists, and storytellers, and we are committed to building a better future together.