Ingrid Backstrom

Ingrid Backstrom

Squaw Valley, CA and Crystal Mountain, WA

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Ingrid's Bio

I'm a skier who enjoys deep powder, and really any type of skiing, actually. I've been lucky enough to get to film with MSP for their movies Claim, Seven Sunny Days, The Hit List, and Yearbook, two Warren Miller films, and the documentary Steep. I'm a correspondent for Powder Magazine, and I have some amazing sponsors: The North Face, Volkl, Tecnica, Giro, Subaru, Squaw Valley, Crystal Mountain, Clif Bar, and backcountry.com. Thanks to all of them!

Ingrid Backstrom

Ingrid Backstrom wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're thinking of getting a powder-specific ski that also rips on hard snow, this is the one. It does it all, and it's a perfect way to experiment with rocker and get the benefits in powder while still getting all the performance that Volkl's Full Rocker Low allows on groomed and hard snow. I love these!

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Ingrid Backstrom

Ingrid Backstrom wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

this ski does it all, and I always go back to it early season, spring time, and summer skiing when I am working on basics--it helps me work on my technique and I always feel solid on it in all conditions. It's the perfect ski for on-piste women who are venturing into more difficult and off-piste terrain and ready to take their skiing to the next level.

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Ingrid Backstrom wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This is so comfy and it really cuts down on the amount of tops I have to bring when I pack for a ski trip--I can get away with this one for at least a week straight of wearing it every day without feeling too icky or smelly. And I have worn it for much longer than that and no one's ever said anything about it! :)

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Ingrid Backstrom wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

This one wicks moisture well and looks good. I ordered a size up and it's the perfect size for functioning well but also hanging out after skiing and not looking too geeky in a super "techy" top. :) Also, a size up makes for a good length.

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Ingrid Backstrom

Ingrid Backstrom wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have taken this on all types of backcountry ski trips--camping, hiking, all of the above, and it is the one I always reach for. An insulation layer with a hood instantly warms me up and I can get away with a thinner one than thicker if it has a good, snug hood like this jacket does. It's super packable and cozy.

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Ingrid Backstrom wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

5 5

These have good support and fit my heel and ankle really well (no blisters or breaking-in period), great traction, and a good tongue and lacing system for cushion and comfort even when you lace them up quite snug. I mostly use them on trails/dirt with the occasional pavement "approach" of two miles or less.

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Ingrid Backstrom

Ingrid Backstrom wrote a review of on March 16, 2013

5 5

I am not exactly a wearer of dresses as a regular thing, but since I've had this one I think I might be converted! It is super comfy, I feel somewhat more "put together" than my usual casual attire, and I can just throw a cardigan over for most situations unless it's fully hot and sunny out. Also, a long dress is great for traveling I have discovered. I have the brown which I am a bit less likely to get dirty. :)

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Ingrid Backstrom wrote a review of on January 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have solid Volkl construction so perform in hardpack and variable, but they really shine in deep powder--effortless, playful, and so much fun! I usually ski the 183cm for wide open pow, long runs and faster skiing but the 173cms I have found to be really great for resort skiing and I can move them around easier in variable conditions and crud.

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Ingrid Backstrom

Ingrid Backstrom wrote a review of on January 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I basically ski these every day in all conditions--they excel at everything and I always know I can count on them underfoot even when I am flailing. The solid tails help land airs, as an added bonus. I mount mine 1cm forward, also. I will ski the Shiro in full deep pow and other different skis for spring, touring, etc. but the Katanas are my main ski.

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Ingrid Backstrom

Ingrid Backstrom wrote a review of on January 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski still is the best if you are a traditional, race-type skier who likes to carve and really get performance out of the ski but who wants to float more in powder. Basically, if you have never skied a fatter ski before and are looking for something that will do it all, the Mantra is your machine.

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