Arne Backstrom: U.S. Freeskier

June 4, 2010
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Arne Backstrom, U.S. freeskier and champion is reportedly dead. Reportedly, the rising star tragically fell to his death on Pisco Mountain in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru, South America. Find out more unfortunate details and see photos and a video right here.

Arne Backstrom


As tragic as it may be, Arne Backstrom, passed away doing what he loved best, freeskiing. Be sure to check out photos and videos below.

As a biography, rising athlete and freeskier, Arne Backstrom was born on October 24, 1980 so his age was 29 years old. He is most-known as a Patagonia Ambassador who skiis competitively. He has won the McConkey Cup and 2009-10 Freeskiing World Tour champion title. Arne grew up in Normandy Park, Washinton and attended school at: Marvista Elementary, Sylvester Middle School, and Highline High School. After graduating in 1999, he studied at Whitman College in Walla Walla. Backstrom’s parents, Steve and Betsy, are volunteer ski patrollers at Crystal Mountain in Washington. Arne’s sister Ingrid is a professional free-skier and his brother Ralph, professionally snowboards.

According to reports, the U.S. freeskier was involved in a mountain-jumping accident that ultimately resulted in his untimely death. It is said that the tragedy took place on Thursday, June 3rd in South America, on Pisco Mountain in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru.

An outpour of support has been heard around the world after hearing about the death of Arne Backstrom. Julia Mancuso, Olympic medalist offers her thoughts regarding this misfortune:

“It’s definitely sad … it’s one of those things where it’s hard to believe. It just goes to show you how much passion these guys have; they’re out there every day pushing the limits. My heart goes out to the Backstrom family.”

Mountain Sports International’s Visual Media Director, Keith Carlsen shared:

“Arne’s talents as a skier were only surpassed by his incredible persona. He was a humble, quiet, caring and compaassionate man. This season he proved that he was a force to be reckoned with, winning not only the Canadian Freeskiing Championships in Revelstoke but also the coveted Backcountry.com Sickbird Award. Soft spoken and humble to a fault, Arne was an incredible ambassardor to the sport, always willing to take part in promotional endevors that would further skiing as a whole.”

What an extremely sad day for such a young, amazingly talented athlete. My heart goes out to his family, friends, teammates, and fans. You may leave your thoughts for Arne Backstrom, U.S. freeskier, in the comment box. Also, see pictures and a video below.

Arne Backstrom Photo 1
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