Flat Whites & Magic Carpets

A freeskiing odyssey to Middle Earth.

Updated: September 4, 2009, 4:15 PM ET
By Ingrid Backstrom

[Ed's note: Following a South American swing, Ingrid Backstrom is now competing in the World Heli Challenge in New Zealand, where she filed this dispatch with ESPN Freeskiing.]

Everyone has a place they visit where they instantly feel at home. I came to New Zealand a long time ago during college for a semester abroad and it was definitely that place for me. Actually, I guess I feel that way in a lot of places, but New Zealand has stood out over the years; a place I couldn't wait to get ...

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