12 Days of PVAs: 2005

Harrisson Motel with Ingrid Backstrom

“I don’t know if it was three or four turns,” remembers Ingrid Backstrom about her jaw-dropping, super-G descent in Bella Coola, British Columbia, during filming for Matchstick Productions Yearbook. “I was just stoked that I was heli skiing alongside Shane McConkey and everything—the snow, weather, and crew—lined up so perfectly.”

Backstrom officially exploded onto the ski-film scene with her Yearbook performance, earning 2005 awards for Best Female Performance, Breakthrough Performance, and finishing second to Sarah Burke in the Reader Poll. Matchstick won Movie of the Year for their fun, hard-charging flick in Yearbook.

“At the time, I didn’t know what it all meant,” says Backstrom. “It was just cool getting to meet all these people in Aspen [at the show]. I realized that it was just, ‘wow, those stars really aligned’ to make that segment and season happen.”

Vote for your favorite skiers today in the Reader Poll at PowderAwards.com. The 2013 POWDER Awards are January 17.