MEET THE TEAM
Drew Tabke – Chief Freeride Ambassador & Coach
Drew Tabke was born, raised and learned to ski in Utah. He moved to Washington in 2008 after graduating from the University of Utah, and he’s called Crystal Mountain his home mountain ever since. He’s competed at the world level in freeride for more than ten years, has been crowned world champion twice, and was the top-ranked American in the world in 2016. He continues to represent the Crystal Mountain (and his country) as he competes on the Freeride World Tour in 2017. In addition to competing, he ski guides in Chile in the summers, and in Valdez, Alaska with H2O Guides in the spring.
“I’m really excited to be leading the freeride camps at Crystal Mountain this winter! Come ski with our great coaches and myself before I hit the road in January for another season competing on the Freeride World Tour. We’ll focus on the techniques, skills and safety protocols for a fulfilling and healthy season riding steep, technical terrain in a variety of conditions. Whether you’re new to the sport of freeride or are an experienced competitor looking to up your game, you’ll come away skiing better and looking at the mountain in a whole new way. See you on top!” – Drew Tabke
Ingrid Backstrom – Freeride Ambassador
Ingrid Backstrom grew up near Seattle, skiing every weekend at Crystal Mountain and camping in an old bookmobile in the parking lot with her family before attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, where she was on the race team. She moved to Squaw Valley after college to postpone getting a real job for a year, but instead discovered competitive freeskiing. She has since appeared in close to 20 ski movies with companies including Warren Miller, Rocky Mountain Sherpas, Matchstick Productions (for which she received Powder Magazine’s Best Female Performance 5 different years and Breakthrough Performance in 2004), and the documentary Steep. Backcountry skiing expeditions have also taken her all over the world.
“I am thrilled to be involved in Crystal Mountain’s Freeride Program—it’s one of my favorite places and I’m so stoked to ski with the team in between my other projects this winter. We’re going to have an awesome time and I’m excited to coach alongside the other rad coaches and ripping team members!” – Ingrid Backstrom
Chuck White – Freeride Program Head Coach
Chuck grew up skiing at Sugarloaf Mountain in Kingfield, Maine. He attended the University of Maine Farmington ski industries Program. He first got exposed to Freeriding at Mount Washington in New Hampshire, at a place called Tuckerman’s Ravine. His passion for the sport brought him west to Crystal Mt. He went on to compete in the early years when the sport was still called Extreme Skiing. He has competed in comps all over the world with multiple top 10 finishes. In 2000 he finished 2nd overall on the North American Freeride Championships. He has been at Crystal since the beginning of the Crystal Mountain Freeride program and has always enjoyed sharing his passion for the mountains with the young people involved in the sport.
“It is an Honor to work alongside people like Drew and Ingrid whose passion for the sport is inspiring!! It is very important for me to state that our coaching staff is very excited to share their passion with you as well. They are some of the best in the PNW and they all really take a lot of pride in educating young people in the art of Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding. I look forward to a great 2016-2017 Season.” –Chuck White
Curtis Yanasak – Snowboard Coach
Bio Coming Soon!