Erik Peterson died in an avalanche December 6, 2014 backcountry skiing south of Delta Junction. An assistant West High football coach and Dimond High track coach, Erik was a role model and inspiration to many young Alaskans. He brought out the best in his athletes.
As much as he loved coaching, Erik loved the Alaska outdoors and was an experienced backcountry skier, hiker and kayaker. He died doing what he loved.