Longtime sponsor of the late Arne Backstrom, POC have decided to hold a memorial for the freeskier in PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in Olympic Valley, California.


Arne had an accident whilst on a freeskiing/moutaineering trip in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. Arne was a true ski warrior who pushed and progressed the sport of freesking. The tragic loss of Arne will forever be remembered and embraced amongst the entire skiing community.

POC U.S. Team manager Erin Sullivan had this to say about him:

"Arne was a true gift to the sport of skiing, and to everyone who ever met him for that matter. His passion and incredible talent really set him in a class by himself. Having seen what he was able to accomplish this past year really gave us all the sense that he was well on his well to the top of the freeskiing world. His wonderful smile and kind personality will be missed by all of us."

If anyone is in the area and wishes to be part of the memorial, please go along to the Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn at the base of Squaw on Thursday 17th June.

Our condolences to the Backstrom family and all that knew him.