Arne Backstrom, a Crystal Mountain product and rising star in the freeskiing community, died Thursday while on an expedition in Peru. He was 29.
Backstrom lived in Tahoe but grew up in Burien where he attended Highline High School. He earned a chemistry degree from Walla Walla’s Whitman College and still made regular visits to Crystal Mountain where his parents, Steve and Betsy, serve on the ski patrol.
His sister, Ingrid, and brother, Ralph, also mastered the family sport at Crystal. Ingrid Backstrom is considered by many to be the world’s best women’s free skier and Ralph Backstrom is a …