Erin Sketchley is the golden girl of slopestyle.
She won the gold medal this weekend at the BC championships as a member of the Mount Washington Freestyle Club.
At the age of 12, Sketchley practices daily her skills on skis. And now that she stands on the gold medal podium, all that practice has paid off.
In the winter she lives part-time on the mountain and part-time in Campbell River. She goes to school on the mountain at the Podium of Life Ski Academy.
This weekend she competed in moguls and dual moguls and placed in the top five in her age class. But when it came to sliding rails and hitting jumps, she won the judges over.
er winning routine included a big spread off tHhe first jump, followed by a very difficult sideways slide on a rail, followed by a slide on the scary rail named Battleship.
A combination of a jump and two rail slides impressed the judges, as most of her competitors avoided the rails.
And Sketchley earned a score high enough to win her the gold medal.