Erin Spong in collaboration with Rob Coppolilo

Erin Spong - born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota, Erin has been an outdoor athlete and adventurer her entire life. Her main focus being competitive alpine ski racing until she retired her race boots for a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. Right after graduation, Erin high-tailed it to Denver and eventually landed the position of Assistant Editor at FREESKIER Magazine before being laid off at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now living in Pocatello, Idaho, Erin is a freelance writer and editor while also pursuing a professional ski career. She is currently sponsored by Rossignol, Look Bindings, CAST Touring and ZipFit. When the snow melts, you can find Erin running, hiking and mountain biking the local trail systems in Pocatello.

On April 20, 2024, we lost a friend. Rob Coppolillo lost his life in a ski accident in the Canadian Rockies, doing what he loved best: guiding. Rob epitomized adventure, pioneering as an AMGA and IFMGA Mountain Guide and founder of Vetta Mountain Guides. Among the first 100 Americans certified internationally, his expertise spanned three decades, guiding worldwide, from Boulder, Colorado, to Chamonix, France. Rob’s absence leaves a void felt deeply by the adventure community but his legacy of exploration and kindness will live on, reminding us to live life to the fullest. He will be deeply missed and remembered by the 57hours team.