another to go so young in less than a year... why?
R.I.P. Arne Backstrom.
Powder is deeply saddened to report the death of professional freeskier Arne Backstrom. Backstrom, the 2010 McConkey Cup winner as the overall Freeskiing World Tour Champion passed away in a tragic skiing accident in the remote Cordillera Blanca region of Peru. Backstrom, a Seattle native who had been living in Squaw Valley was skiing with his friends and fellow Squaw locals “American Dave” Rosenbarger and Kip Garre at the time of his death. He was 29.
Arne is the brother of Matchstick Productions athlete Ingrid Backstrom, and in recent years had begun to establish his own mark in the ski world. Arne, a relative newcomer to the competitive freeski circuit in 2009-10, was also gaining a reputation—in Chamonix of all places—as a tremendously gifted ski alpinist. Aside from his competition results, he was best known for completing technical ski mountaineering descents with strong, fluid style. Arne’s younger brother, Ralph, also resides in Squaw Valley and is an accomplished snowboarder. His parents both still reside in the greater Seattle area.
Our best wishes and prayers go out to the Backstrom family and the Squaw Valley community.
We will have more details as they come out.
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