Ingrid Backstrom Big Mountain Freeskier

She has been called “the Goddess of Gnar,” and for good reason. Ingrid Backstrom is a regular on the podium at big-mountain freeskiing contests. Also, Powder magazine has honored her with five Female Performance of the Year awards, because people just can’t get enough of her epic descents, from China to Baffin Island to Denali. The Seattle-ite grew up taking on the slopes of Crystal Mountain in a “brat pack” with her brother, Arne, while her parents were ski patrolling. She quickly learned to appreciate independence and freedom. After taking “one year off” to ski bum in Squaw Valley, Tahoe, she entered her first freeskiing contest in nearby Kirkwood. After placing third, she was hooked. Her first ski film appearance, in Yearbook, led to 13 films, 17 awards, and a whole lot of miles logged, many of them underfoot. Her advice to those who want to follow in her tracks (and there are many) is to “ski because you love it.”

Gear Inspired by Ingrid

Diamond Cowl
Diamond Cowl


Ingrid loves a good loop cowl. “I think a really soft knitted one could be cool.” So here you go, Ingrid. This one’s for you, and everyone who wants to be just like you!