This has happened way to much this year. The Tahoe community has lost so many inspirational skiers. Arne Backstrom passed away on Friday while skiing in Peru with Sweetgrass productions. The group was shredding Pisco mountain -- almost a 20,000 foot mountain located in Cordillera Blanca.
I had the pleasure of ripping a few turns with Arne, or let me rephrase that...I had the pleasure of watching Arne rip around Squaw a season ago. Man could he ski! Arne was always so nice, and as many articles say "very humble". Arne caused a lot of hype in the big mountain world -- he was a magnificent skier!
My heart goes out to Ingrid, Ralph and the rest of the Backstrom family. Arne will be greatly missed. I am sure that CR, Shane and Arne are all up there together ripping some of the raddest pow lines ever!
This is a tribute that Warren Miller Productions put together for Arne, check it out: WMP - Arne Backstrom tribute