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Ingrid Backstrom - Heading Home to Washington

post #1 of 20
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Ingrid Backstrom hasn't been spending as much time at Squaw Valley the past few years as she finds herself in Whistler more frequently and is drawn back to her home, Washington. 

 

When an opportunity arose to work in the freesking program as a coach at Crystal Mountain Washington, I'm sure it seemed like an opportunity to grow a bit more and feed her soul in a new way. 

 

As someone who's had the pleasure of skiing with her at Squaw, I'll miss her, but I am stoked for this new adventure in her life. 

 

 

SnowBrains has the story here. 

Ingrid Backstrom Ditches SQuaw Vally, CA for Crystal Mountain, WA

 

Photo taken while skiing with Ingrid and RachelV at Squaw

post #2 of 20

Of course she wanted to spend more time in a place where it actually still snows.  ;)

post #3 of 20

That's too bad, but we will always have good memories of Ingrid, and I am sure she will have warm memories of Squaw.  As long as we are skiing, it's all right.  

I'm sure Squaw's freeskiing team is looking forward to beating their friends from Crystal in the big mountain comps:D.    It's a smart decision to stop filming as well.  Maybe the risks are not worth it anymore.  

post #4 of 20

We still have Michelle Parker, right?  I mean, Squaw is her home, isn't it?

post #5 of 20

Lucky kids at Crystal.  I never had teacher that was that good, or that good looking.  

 

The lady flat rips it up! Glad to have back up in these parts.

post #6 of 20

Well, I'm definitely bummed she's not gonna be at Squaw anymore, but I can't really complain about having been able to spend two weekend ripping it up with Ingrid & friends. Maybe I'll find the time to get up to Crystal over the next few winters. :)

 

Ingrid is really just such a genuinely nice person -- super humble, super stoked, and obviously ridiculously skilled -- that no matter what she does with her career it's gonna be awesome for skiing & the people she interacts with. I do wish she'd keep ripping it up & repping the ladies in films for a bit longer, though. :)

post #7 of 20
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Well, I'm definitely bummed she's not gonna be at Squaw anymore, but I can't really complain about having been able to spend two weekend ripping it up with Ingrid & friends. Maybe I'll find the time to get up to Crystal over the next few winters. :)

  The people are one of the non-homogenised aspects that draws people to Squaw.

 

I was looking at the photos in Atlantic of mainly US and Australian winter olympians: one girl's family started out like Warren Miller living in a trailer in the parking lot over winter. I hope squaw doesn't homogenise its soul by pricing talent out of the game.

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  The people are one of the non-homogenised aspects that draws people to Squaw.

 

I was looking at the photos in Atlantic of mainly US and Australian winter olympians: one girl's family started out like Warren Miller living in a trailer in the parking lot over winter. I hope squaw doesn't homogenise its soul by pricing talent out of the game.

 

FWIW, I don't think homogenizing Squaw is why Ingrid is making this move.  Her heart has been with family and home for a few years now. 

post #9 of 20

Just saying there's a vibrance at Squaw that is unique.

post #10 of 20

I think he means the vibe that attracted someone like Ingrid in the first place.  Hopefully that doesn't get developed out of sight.

post #11 of 20
With all due respect, the vibe is primarily connected to the terrain. No one is planning to bulldose KT anytime soon.
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With all due respect, the vibe is primarily connected to the terrain. No one is planning to bulldose KT anytime soon.

 

Sure it is.  But there are other resorts with great terrain too.  It would be sad if everyone like that in the future ended up at Jackson or Snowbird or Whistler, etc. because Squaw became too much of a pain in the ass.  There will always be a local scene of rippers, but some of the biggest names in Squaw's history came from other locations and were drawn to the place, including Ingrid and McConkey.

post #13 of 20

Bulldozing KT22 is just dumb.;)

 

when an 'accidental' remodelling can be instant.

 

 

 

 

 

Here's the "After Shots" we prepared earlier.

 

 

 

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:popcorn:beercheer:

post #14 of 20
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With all due respect, the vibe is primarily connected to the terrain. No one is planning to bulldose KT anytime soon.

 

:beercheer:

When you drive up to Squaw, you stand in awe of what you see.  That starts the vibe. 

Ingrid has a strong circle of compadres at Squaw which is another part of the vibe she loves, but she's deeper than that and has had a lot of amazing change in her life over the past three years that call her back to Washington.  I think you "get" that, while others in this thread are making it about what Squaw is losing, I think it has more to do with Ingrid and her home roots. 

 

I think this is a tremendous opportunity for her and for Crystal mountain. 


Edited by Trekchick - 10/6/13 at 3:59am
post #15 of 20
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Just saying there's a vibrance at Squaw that is unique.

 wot he said ^^^^^. Did he say anything about why she left???/ Nope. Now go back to sleep and dream of Foofighters and parajumpers. :D

post #16 of 20
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I think you "get" that, while others in this thread are making it about what Squaw is losing, I think it has more to do with Ingrid and her home roots. 

 

 

I don't think anyone said anything like that at all.  It makes perfect sense she would go back to the place she grew up skiing, and closer to BC.  Pretty sure Veteran's point was hoping Squaw will continue to attract people like Ingrid in the future.

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Sometimes Veteran is a little hard (for me) to read. Must be his accent. :D

post #18 of 20
Of course Squaw will continue being Squaw, if anything the global warming is a much bigger threat than KSL:-).

In praise of Ingrid, she is smart to make the move now. I have seen her ski a few times and my impression was of clinical precision. She is not a risk taker in a conventional sense of the word ( a relative for a pro skier), so this move seems to be a very logical progression for her. It's better to coach a kids freeskiing program and ski on your own terms.
post #19 of 20

Squaw is an amazing mountain, with a long history or attracting some great skiers.  It is not the only place with great big mountain skiing.  Have you been to the Cascades?

 

She is not moving to Kansas. She is going home. 

This is a crappy cell phone pic I took at Crystal.

 

This is all over the place, and what she grew up on.  

A community of good people that cares about kids taught her to ski well (she provided the great).  Maybe she is just paying it forward? 

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Sometimes Veteran is a little hard (for me) to read. Must be his accent. :D

 :rotflmao:

 

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