The SnowBrains Podcast #25 | Ingrid Backstrom – Legendary Freeskier, Fierce Competitor, Game-Changer, Ski Movie Star

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My guest today is Ingrid Backstrom. Ingrid is a legendary freeskier who made a massive impact on the ski industry and forever changed freeskiing. She started out dominating the North American freeskiing competitions ending up on the podium in 12 of the 14 contests she entered. After getting noticed by the owners of Matchstick Productions while winning a freeskiing comp in Crested Butte, CO, Ingrid exploded onto the freeskiing scene in 2004 and has never looked back. After her first ski movie with Matchstick Productions 2004 Yearbook, Ingrid took home both “Best Female Performance” & “Breakthrough Performace” at the 2005 Powder Awards. Ingrid won Powder Magazine’s Reader Poll every year from 2005-2015. Ingrid’s aggressive, hard-charging, graceful, seemingly effortless style blew people’s minds on the big screen.

Ingrid has also proven herself on some of Earth’s highest mountains skiing off 26,000’ Gasherbrum II in the Himalaya and harvesting the first decent of 20,000’ Reddomaine in China, not to mention her first descents in Greenland, Baffin Island, and more. Ingrid’s humble background of spending weekends in a 1954 bookmobile turned RV in the Crystal Mountain parking lot and ski racing at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, are fascinating and pivotal to her success. Ingrid has been in over 20 ski movies and was even included in ESPN’s 50 Most Influential People in Action Sport in 2013. Ingrid was a joy to speak with, and we learned a lot about life in chatting with her, and we’re confident that you will as well.

Please enjoy!


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The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #25 – Ingrid Backstrom

Recorded on November 17, 2021, in the Park City, UT (Miles Clark) and Leavenworth, WA (Ingrid Backstrom).

This episode was edited by Jared White

Music by Chad Crouch

Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark

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