Erica Norcross - Snowmobile/board/Hiker - Colorado, USA

Your Age: 23

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Eldora/Copper

Weapon(s) of choice: 2017 Coalition Queen Bee board & Union Triology bindings & 32 lashed boots when snowmobiling 2015- polaris 800xp.

What’s an average day for you like? Waking up, breakfast & coffee, drive up to the mountain and teach or ride depending on the day, going for a brew and heading home to do it all over.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? As a snowboard instructor, I think the most difficult park for a beginner is finding balance and standing, the easiest is learning J turns.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing about being a female in the snowboard world is because of how motivating we all are for each other. Some of my best moments have been snowboarding with a bunch of rad ladies, I always push myself more. The worst is how sexual they portray female athletes. 

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I think letting ladies know that they're all crushing it, and every single one of us together is pushing our sport further a little everyday.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I would say i'm super relaxed. I'm always seeking adventure, and if I don't find one i'm totally cool with laying low and catching up on that netflix.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I LOVE union and 32 for their snowboarding equipment. I like 686, volcom and roxy for their coat and pants- some of the best. Stepping out I don't have a "brand" for myself, but it most likely will be all black.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I'm not one to get all super dolled up for going out everyday unless its a special occasion. When I snowboard it's usually with the same look as the day prior, whoops. Being your personal best I think is something all of us ladies strive for. It's always a constant up hill battle, and I this is something i've struggled with for years. Keeping yourself healthy is a big key factor for on or off your board.

How dangerous do you really think your sport is compared to what people do in their regular activities? With every sport there are risks, and injury that could happen. It's difficult to compare activities to your sport- they're all dangerous in different aspects.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. OH man, one time on my sled I was trying to clear a 4 foot ice-dam that was on the lake, and my skis never went up with the incline of ice, instead the skis went right through. My sled tipped into a watery slush hole and while I fell it was about 2 feet of lake water. I was concerned my sled was going doooown.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think the way you can express your freedom. There's also so many styles to peoples riding, and being able to show different moves while in the same sport is pretty cool.

What is your favorite trick? Right now I can do mean presses, but I love frontside 1/2 cabs.

Do you own any other toys?? My sleds at home, my snowboard, and my g35.

What gets you pumped up for the day? A mean breakfast usually gets me amped. Better the breakfast= better the day.

What are three things you could not live without? My cat, my boyfriend and my snowboard for sure.

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? My self expectation is to be able to throw a decent trick on any feature. I'm looking forward to watching female snowboarding continue to rise.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My boyfriend, Andrew, was sponsored in his 20's, so he knows what hes talking about. He's helped me progress in my park riding, and also supports me every day- he makes sure I take every advantage of any adventures that come onto my plate.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? My favorite rider is Spencer O'brien. My favorite rider from back east is my girl Mackenzie Hennessey, her moves are flawless- you go girl.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I like to work a lot, work=money=more adventure time!

How about in the off season to stay in shape? I'm usually at the gym a few times per week. I play basketball a lot too in the summer, and thats a good sweat.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? I'm hoping to get more tricks to throw in my pocket, then enter a rail jam next year!

What competitions and other awards have you won? Highest northeast ncaa 3-point % in college.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? I love park , but if it's dumping then i'm making my way to the glades! I'm also a big fan of throwing down mean carves on groomers.

Favorite conditions? Blue bird or pow.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? LAAX- it's beautiful and their park program is top notch.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I don't listen to music much when riding, i need to focus- but you can always catch me blasting jarule pandora.

What turned you on to your sport? I learned to love snowboarding and wanted to make that my career, which i'm doing now.

Any new tricks you’re working on?  Backside 3's, front boardslides

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport?  Held an incredible all female park event @ Eldora when 18 girls came! Ive never been so stoked.

What other extreme/action sports are you into? Snowmobiling, hiking, and i love basketball

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I played college basketball and also coached high school JV for a few years, so I would go back into that. I've always wanted to be a college coach.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? I LOVE my coalition queen bee, check them out, I also loved my roxy snowboard that was awesome. My sled is a Polaris- and they're the best.

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Having confidence, learning the trick off snow, and thinking about it before you do it.

How would you describe your riding style? All over- I will always throw carves inbetween features and i'm always sliding on something.

What would you say is your signature trick? What would you say is your signature trick?

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Stouts! or chugging Coke

What do you want to be when you "grow up"? Event coordinator for a snowboard company.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Youtube, Vimeo, FB, Instagram,Twitter etc. etc.

Insta- @erikanorcross

Twitter- @erikanorcross