Backcountry Riding and Skiing in Mica, BC
At last week’s The North Face Athlete Summit, team skier Ingrid Backstrom caught up with big mountain snowboarder Lucas Debari, ski maestro Johnny Collinson, and Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington to hear about the trio’s recent five-day backcountry trip to Mica, British Columbia.
Barely a month after standing on top of the Olympic podium for women’s snowboard halfpipe, Kaitlyn Farrington stood on top of a steep, featured ridge in the backcountry of Mica, British Columbia. She dropped in, made a few turns, and then cut back toward where the snow was moving downslope. Big mountain pros Lucas Debari and Johnny Collinson, watching from an adjacent spot, turned to each other at the exact same time: “Oh, crap! We forgot to tell her about sluff!”
Kaitlyn tumbled in the fast-moving snow for a few hundred feet before fighting her way to the right and stopping on her feet, totally fine and smiling as always. Welcome to big mountain riding.
The trip to Mica, and Kaitlyn’s invitation to join fresh off her gold medal win, was the brainstorm of Debari. It’s the first part of a bigger series of trips that will incorporate skiers and snowboarders, camping, hiking, and filming (by a team from Sherpas Cinema) to illustrate the common denominators that everyone shares regardless of their niche or experience level.