As the youngest of three, Ralph Backstrom's mountain-man fate was practically predetermined, and he doesn't seem to be complaining. While his parents ski patrolled on weekends at Crystal Mountain near Seattle, WA where he grew up, he and his siblings ski raced. Wanting to do something different he switched to snowboarding at age 11 and never looked back.
After graduating from college and not receiving a call for a "real job," Ralph headed to Squaw Valley enabling him to refine his big mountain skills alongside his brother and sister Arne and Ingrid who had made a name on the skiing front. Once in Squaw, linking up with Jeremy Jones and Jim Zellers was inevitable.
Now a part of the Jones Snowboards crew, Ralph is making his own name in snowboard history. In this week's Personalities, Ralph's talks about riding Squaw's infamous Tram Face, hiking lines with Jeremy Jones and his late brother Arne, who remains his biggest influence.
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