Skiing With Your Idol

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Evelyn in the lead

On Sunday, my step-daughter Evelyn and I had chance to ski with Ingrid Backstrom and her mom Betsy. Our two mother-daughter teams met up in the line at Rex and the Backstrom ladies were kind enough to let us tag along. The four of us headed to Employee Housing, where the still-soft snow was just beginning to get tracked out.

I love that Evelyn looks up to Ingrid as a role model. I couldn’t have chosen a better one myself. Not only does Ingrid rip on the slopes, she’s also one of the nicest people I know. She gets it from her mom, Betsy–both the skiing skills and the inherent kindness. Even though Ingrid was just named Powder’s Best Female Skier, you would never know it by meeting her. She’s humble and she rips. If there are two qualities I aspire to (and would love my daughter to aim for as well) it is humility and skiing skills.

Evelyn and Ingrid on Employee Housing

Ingrid even gave Evelyn a few skiing pointers. She reminded her to point her body and shoulders down the hill and let her legs do all the work. There’s nothing like a tip from a pro skier to help a free-spirited tween improve her skills.

Employee Housing is the longest run at Crystal, and by the time we arrived at the 1-5 return trail, Evelyn was pretty tired. But Ingrid waited for us on the trail, stopping every so often to make sure the hoard of skiers didn’t run Evelyn over. This is on a trail where eye-circling powder hounds rush by for their next lap, poling like mad. Ingrid even complimented Ev on her poling skills, telling her she must have strong arms. I could see Evelyn growing a few inches taller with pride.

Thanks Ingrid and Betsy for taking a slow one with us. Evelyn was beaming all day. It’s not everyday that a girl gets to ski a run with her idol.

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