Beauty and the Beast Mode is Erin Mielzynski.
Erin Mielzynski made history in 2012 when she won a World Cup slalom race in Ofterschwang, Germany, becoming the first Canadian since Betsy Clifford took the title in 1971. She was back on the podium in third place the following year. In 2018, Erin finished 11th at the Olympics. And, with her eyes on the 2020/21 season, her sights extend to the next Olympic games.
Erin has been skiing all her life. She started on both snow and water at the age of two. Erin says she was a more naturally gifted water skier, but it was alpine skiing that captured her heart. This passion carried her from riding the lifts with friends and chasing boys down the hill, all the way to the World Cup and Olympic games.
"The outdoors is something that brings about the greatest feelings for me. It is at once serene, dangerous, beautiful, raw, unpredictable, loud and silent."
Erin, ER Bear, or E-Rock (in beast mode) takes a "work hard, play hard, rest hard" approach to life has her training intensely for the next season and travelling to surf destinations in the off-season. "The outdoors is where I recharge my batteries. It is at once serene, dangerous, beautiful, raw, unpredictable, loud and silent.
I feel the trees, listen to the wind, dip my toes in the water. When I am not alpine skiing, you can usually find me biking, hiking, surfing, supping, backcountry skiing, painting, dry land training, running…a jack of all trades, master of none".
To keep her Beast Mode in peak performance, Erin pays attention to her health and well-being, including her mental wellness when travelling abroad and caring for her skin. "I believe that what I put in and on my body is extremely important. I always research the ingredients, and I feel confident when I know that they are a healthy, natural company."
"It has been a joke (not a funny one) for a while that I now have to worry about wrinkles and acne. I put my facial skin through a lot of demands - the extreme environments, stresses put on it during training and competition like squinting, strain through effort, even draining it of nutrients and H2O - and don't get me started on skiing in hail."
"In the first week, my skin looked more hydrated, youthful and dewy. It was less red, and I didn't have to deal with the acne flare-up."
After testing Vital Facecare products for several months, she jumped on board to become an Ambassador. Why? Not only is Vital Facecare local – she's based at Georgian Peaks Ski Hill - but also "in the first week, my skin looked more hydrated, youthful and dewy. My wrinkles were finer, my skin was less red, and I didn't have to deal with the acne flare-up."
Her go-to's? "Suck It Up because my adventures are always sweaty, Primed and Ready All-in-one Toner because it smells so good, and Take your Time Bio-cell Wrinkle Defence Gel because it is my favourite."
What does beauty mean to Erin? "Beauty means compassion, kindness, a heart-warming smile, honesty, raw, bravery. But with that said, I love when girls can simply throw on a hoodie and climb a mountain while being strong and feminine."
It sounds like this describes E-Rock to a T, and exactly when we’re proud to have her as an ambassador on Team Vital.
Get inspired. Follow Erin on Instagram: @erinmielzynski
Images generously provided by @andrewmielzynski