Ingrid Backstrom

Ingrid Backstrom






Big Mountain

Top results

7 years filming with MSP.
Top 3 in 13/15 contests entered
First descent of 20,000ft Reddomaine Peak in China, recently skied Denali.

Date of birth





Seattle, WA and Squaw Valley, CA


Anything outside, cooking, reading, berry picking


Be here now


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.

Today, the 32-year-old still resides in “Squallywood”, but not as a skibum, now as an internationally acclaimed freeski star. 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!


What is your favorite ski in the Collection?


Why do you like this ski?

I am a bit of an old-fashioned skier, I like something really solid that I can count on for excellent performance in every condition. I never even have to think about it with the Katana, it is always the perfect ski.

What conditions do you use this ski for?


What other skis in the collection do you ride?

I have really been enjoying the Nunataq's this spring as a backcountry ski--really light but they perform great. I have taken them to Greenland and to Denali so far and was so stoked.

I always love the Gotama and the Kiku for every day and spring skiing.

And the Shiro is my new favorite for ultimate powder days--such a sweet addition.

What about edges and waxing?

Do you just ride the skis like they are out of the wrapper or do you do something special to your skis before you take them out? Just wax them the first time, then get periodic tune-ups at a shop, base & edges. Maybe de-tune the tips and tails right out of the box.

What about bindings? What bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?

I use Marker Jester bindings across the board all year, mounted one cm forward. For backcountry when I want to hike but still be solid, I have been loving the F12 Marker Tour bindings--they are so easy to use and bomber.

What DIN do you have your bindings on?

Probably 9 for every day, maybe ten for the big days. :)


Favorite skier: My family

Ski hero growing up: My family!

Ideal day in the mountains: A storm day with family and friends, stop for a coffee and a snack mid-day and then ski until the lifts close and no one else is out!

How would you describe your style: I just like to have fun and try to ski fast usually!

Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career: When I was 23 and hit my first air at a freeskiing contest--I was like, oh, ok. This is really fun!

Favorite place to ride: West Coast, anywhere from Alaska down to California

Best snow trip: this winter in BC--all winter!

What age did you start to ski: 4 years old

What cant you live without: coffee

Favorite phone App. Twitter and Words With Friends

Goals and plans: Learn how to predict the weather