Well folks, it just doesn’t get any crappier. Shane, CR now Arne. Horrible for the Backstroms, Squaw, Crystal, skiing, society… There aren’t words a lot more appropriate than “this just sucks!” Arne was 29 and survied by his Mom, Dad, sister and brother.
The Backstroms are one of skiing and snowboarding’s greatest families. Reared in Crystal Mountain, the parents were in the ski industry and Ingrid is one of the world’s best freeskiers while Ralph is one of the world’s best snowboarders. Of late, Arne has been nothing short of the rock star of freeskiing. This season, he was the overall champion of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, the winner of the Canadian Freeskiing Championships and the winner of the first annual McConkey Cup named after last year’s great tragedy, Shane McConkey.
More importantly, Arne was just flat out loved by the community. Make that LOVED by the community. It seems that this world keeps taking the people most adored, admired and appreciated and Arne was at the top of the list. Candidly, this writer was planning on calling him next week for a project.
Although crash details are sketchie, Backstrom was skiing in Peru on Pisco Mountain at nearly 20,000 feet. It is likely that any type of medical attention or evac was tough at that altitude or vicinity. He was supposedly in Peru filming with Sweetgrass Productions. Sweetgrass Productions are about as professional as they come in the ski business, so our bet is that this was a freak accident.
Our thoughts go out to the Backstroms and RIP Arne Backstrom.