Ingrid Backstrom To Coach Crystal Mountain Freeride Team

Backstrom dubbed Crystal's 'Chief of Stoke'

Ingrid Backstrom will be coaching Crystal Mountain's freeride team this season. PHOTO: Adam Clark

Ingrid Backstrom will be coaching Crystal Mountain’s freeride team this season. PHOTO: Adam Clark

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Crystal Mountain, WA ‐ Ingrid Backstrom will be joining the Crystal Mountain Freeride Team this winter, as a coach and official "Chief of Stoke." Ingrid started skiing at Crystal at the age of two and is now one of the best freeskiers in the world. She has been featured in dozens of ski movies, stood at the top of many podiums and appeared in countless magazines. This season she will continue to make movies and take trips with her sponsors all over the world in addition to her work with the Freeride Team. Ingrid will have a lot of influence over how the program is structured, the curriculum, coaches, and training.

"I am thrilled to be involved in Crystal Mountain's Freeride Program--it's one of my favorite places and I'm so stoked to ski with the coaches and team in between my other projects this winter. We're going to have an awesome time," says Backstrom.

The Crystal Mountain Freeride Team is a program for kids ages 9‐17, with one- and two‐day camps held early season and an 8‐week program that begins in January. The goal is to have fun and improve skills in a safe,encouraging environment geared towards competition‐level freeskiing. Emphasis will be placed on solid technical skills, competition strategy, and decision‐making. Working on airs, line choice, mental techniques, and flow within a run will all be part of the program, as well as ski photos and video tips and techniques.

"We want every team member to reach their personal best, cheer each other on, and develop solid mountain skills that will serve a lifetime of fun and safety in the mountains," says Backstrom.

Registration for this program will begin October 1, 2013. More information can be found online at

Ingrid Backstrom grew up near Seattle, Washington, skiing every weekend at Crystal Mountain and camping in an old bookmobile in the parking lot with her family before attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where she was on the race team. She moved to Squaw Valley after college to postpone getting a real job for a year, but instead discovered competitive freeskiing. She has since appeared in 14 ski movies with companies including Warren Miller, Rocky Mountain Sherpas, 9 films with Matchstick Productions (for which she received Powder Magazine's Best Female Performance five different years and Breakthrough Performance in 2004), and the documentary Steep. Backcountry skiing expeditions have taken her all over the world for first ski descents of peaks in China (20,000-foot Reddomaine Peak) and Baffin Island, a 2011 ski descent of Denali, as well as backcountry and ski mountaineering trips to Pakistan, Greenland, and Antarctica.

Just two hours southeast of Seattle, Crystal Mountain Resort offers visitor's spectacular views, world‐class skiing, fine dining and an outdoor escape from everyday life. Originally focused on skiing and winter sports alone, Crystal Mountain Resort has grown to include an array of year‐round activities for all walks of life. Crystal Mountain Resort is Washington's largest ski area with 2,600 acres and 10 lifts, including the 8‐passenger Mt. Rainier Gondola. Crystal Mountain Resort is located in the Mt. Baker‐Snoqualmie National Forest and is a partner in recreation with the U.S. Forest Service.

Crystal Mountain Resort is owned and operated by Boyne Resorts, a family‐run company that has 10 resort properties throughout the U.S. and Canada. Seattle‐based John Kircher acts as President of Boyne and General Manager of Crystal Mountain Resort.