The American has set the standard of the sport for girls in recent years with outstanding video segments, a benchmark that still remains untouched.
It wasn't obvious in her youth, that Ingrid would go this way. While growing up in Seattle, she was skiing often in the surrounding areas, but when she went to Squaw Valley after graduating from college in 2000, she only intended to do one year of skibumming.
It all began with some freeride contests, where the trail running fan did very well despite not being the typical competition type. Her skiing caught the eye of video producers Matchstick Productions and in 2004 she entered the scene with a bang. Her incredible segment in MSP’s “Yearbook” earned her Powder Video Awards both for “Best Female Performance” and “Breakthrough Performance”. In the following years Ingrid kept pushing her limits, straightlining whole AK faces, dropping big cliffs with front- or backflips, simply doing things that before only men would do while skiing big mountains. Ingrid Backstrom has legitimised to call female skiers real big mountain rippers, and is far from being finished!
- United States
- Home mountain
- Crystal Mountain, WA
- Just keep getting out there and stay on the journey
- Skiing, Mountainbiking, running, surfing and cooking
5-time best female performance at Powder Awards,
ski descent of Denali,
first ski descent of 20,000ft Reddomaine Peak in China,
20+ ski movies
- 1. Favorite Völkl Skis
- 2. What do you use this ski for?
- 3. Why do you like this ski?
- It rails in all conditions.
- 4. Why do you like being a part of the Völkl team?
- Best products and best people!
- 5. How long have you been riding for Völkl?
- 15-plus years
- 6. What age did you start skiing?
- When i was four years old.
- 7. Biggest breakthrough in your ski career
- Filming with MSP for Yearbook
- 8. Favorite Place to ride
- Crystal Mountain, WA
- 9. Your Best Ski Trip you have done
- Road tripping around western North America to find the top 25 lift-accessed runs.
- 10. Ski destination where you haven’t been and would like to go?
- Austria in the winter (I’ve only been in the fall)
- 11. Ski Hero/Role Model Growing up
- My mom
- 12. What do you do when you are not skiing?
- Try to be outside with friends and family as much as possible or cooking, writing or gardening.
- 13. How do you train to keep in shape for skiing?
- Mountainbiking, running, some gym/weights exercises
- 14. What can’t you live without
- Coffee, fresh air
- 15. What are 3 things we should know about you?
- I like almost everyone, I think that skiing is the best way to get to know someone, and I’m almost always friendly except for sometimes first thing in the morning before I’ve had coffee I can sometimes be grumpy.
- 16. Motto/Words you live by
- Just keep getting out there and stay on the journey.
- 17. Most Humbling moment
- Tearing my Achilles tendon and burning up a snowmobile in the same day.
- 18. Favorite Social Media Channel
- 19. Future Goals and Plans and Ambitions
- Raise a family and ski as much as possible, write and have an amazing garden!
- 20. How did you become involved in Ski Touring?
- Nearly twenty years ago in Tahoe. I had some friends who loved to tour and I got my first setup.
- 21. What are your all time Favourite Ski Tours?
- Denali, AK; Lofoten Islands, Norway; Kulusuk, Greenland; Rishiri Island, Japan
- 22. What is in your pack when you go out ski touring?
- Extra layers, extra gloves and goggles, water, food, sunscreen, avie gear