SCOUT: searching for talent across the country and featuring stand out skiers one at a time. On this edition of Scout, we catch up with Elena Gaskell. Well spoken and seemingly wise beyond her years this young gun is crushing goals as fast as she sets them. Get inside the head of Canadian National Slopestyle Ski Team athlete Elena Gaskell.
SBC: How would you describe your signature style?
EG: Hmmm, hard question. I try and always make things look good and grab but I also love trying new tricks and bigger rotations. What I can say is I am definitely a little more of a jump girl then rails.
SBC: Goals for this season?
EG: To ski my best. Whenever I land a new trick or compete to my full ability is when I am most proud of myself so I aim to do more of that this year.
SBC: What progression have you seen in yourself?
EG: I used to be very bad at spinning switch and to the right but now I would say those are two of my strengths, so I’m pretty stoked on that!
*SBC – insert digital high fives for progression!*
SBC: Any perspective on whether skiing is male or female dominated?
EG: There are DEFINITELY more males in the sport but it is NOT a male sport. I think both sexes play an important role in the sport, its equal.
SBC: What are you crushing on your playlist?
EG: I don’t often ski with music but when I do I am a big Post Malone fan. I went to his concert in April and ever since then I can’t stop listening to him.
SBC: Any pro packing tip from all your travels to pass on?
EG: I always carry on my ski boots and a small blanket from home. I do this in case my bags didn’t make it, it’s easy to borrow ski but using different boots is the WORST thing ever. For the blanket part, it makes it a lot easier for me to sleep on airplanes or in airports with it.
SBC: Any shout outs?
EG: Mom and Dad! I am super lucky to have such supportive parents because without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. Also, my sponsors, they’re all pretty great.