31, 140 lbs.
We found Boulder, Colo., native Erica Cunningham through fellow tester Todd Casey, who was her freeskiing coach when she was a teenager at Copper Mountain. Her mom and dad can blame him: “He made me want to be a ski bum.” But she’s one of the smartest bums we know. The 2003 Middlebury College grad has carved out a career in environmental education and consulting without ever straying far from the mountains. She’s lived and skied in Europe, Alaska, Mexico, and Montana, worked as a ski instructor and backcountry guide, and competed on the IFSA big-mountain tour, ranking as high as 18th in the world.