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How to Balance Motherhood and A Pro Ski Career With Ingrid Backstrom

We’re big fans of The North Face’s Perspectives series. Showcasing the reality of being a pro athlete is something often overlooked, as we often tend to focus on glorifying all the fun and gnarly aspects of life in the mountains. In the latest entry to the series, we learn how Ingrid Backstrom’s perspective on life completely changed when she became a mother. 

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At the time, she was convinced it was an either/or situation. Either you are a mother, or you are a professional skier. With a little soul searching and advice from her mentors like Hilaree Nelson and Kit Deslauriers, she quickly learned combining the two would be the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

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(IN) Spire - Bird Completes a First Descent Down Liberty Bell Mountain’s North Face
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(IN) Spire - Bird Completes a First Descent Down Liberty Bell Mountain’s North Face

(IN) Spire - Bird Completes a First Descent Down Liberty Bell Mountain’s North Face

Witness an historic first descent between some of the most iconic spires in North America. Bird fulfills a dream to complete a pure ski descent of a long sought after dream and lays turns down Liberty Bell Mountain massif's north face. Its easy to see why he named it (IN)-spire, as this jewel of a run is literally hanging between the spires. Hold on and take a ride with me. You might wish that i had brought my wing.  Maybe next season eh?  hehe. Full wingspan -Michael Bird

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Mad Trees’ The Falcon Celebrates A Special Flavor of Van Life
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Mad Trees’ The Falcon Celebrates A Special Flavor of Van Life

Mad Trees’ The Falcon Celebrates A Special Flavor of Van Life

Admit it, your vehicle says a lot about you. Especially if it’s the kind of vehicle that frequents the Mount Baker Ski Area parking lot. Enter Sophia Rouches and her Ford Falcon camper van. These things popped up in the late 80s and early 90s, and a surprising amount of them are still running just fine, taking skiers like Rouches to the zones of their choice. Of course, Rouches likes nothing more than to bring her friends along for the ride – no matter how uncertain it might be, given the

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Behind The Line – Caite Zeliff Vs. The Cave Air
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Behind The Line – Caite Zeliff Vs. The Cave Air

Behind The Line – Caite Zeliff Vs. The Cave Air

The Jackson Hole backcountry is filled with a bucket list of classic mega-airs, and it’s turned into a rite of passage for any young ski talent to start checking them off. For North Face athlete Caite Zeliff, the season spent filming for was full of days dedicated to working through that list. One air, in particular, stood out though – the infamous Cave Air, which had seen some of the masters of the sport put tracks down it. With inspiration from the likes of Sam Smoothy, Lynsey Dyer,