For any young couple on the verge of or debating having a child, parenthood can cause the full palette of emotions. And if you're a female professional athlete, those feelings amplify significantly.
Yet, during the 2016-17 winter, with a 10-month-old baby in tow, the world’s most iconic female skier, Ingrid Backstrom, and her husband, Jim Delzer, set out to ski the top 25 lift-accessed ski runs in North America. What started off as a simple concept quickly evolved into a true adventure. Backstrom and Delzer and their newborn baby, Betty, and dog Buddy hit the road in their Toyota Sienna minivan, traveling from Tahoe to Revelstoke chasing snow throughout the peak of the season.
Between ski action and landscape scenic of the country’s best lift-accessed terrain, subplots unfold–specifically, the ever-changing balance of being a professional athlete and mother and a gender role reversal for her husband as the main caregiver for their daughter. Accompanied by Ingrid’s parents, as well, for a large portion of the trip, a third dynamic develops with a generational role as the new grandparents (and parents) introduce the skiing culture to Betty as they did Ingrid.