Courage is Only One Part of Snowboarding in Alaska | Insight
Elias works his way into the perfect position in Haines, AK. Photo: Darcy Bach

The Faces of Alaska

Alaska isn’t for everyone. Not only does it take legs of steel and audacious courage to stand atop an AK face and drop in, it also requires knowledge, forethought, logistics, and a rock-solid crew. The margin of snowboarders equipped to handle what’s up there is as narrow as that for error, and Elias Elhardt is among the rare breed that can hold his own and then some. But big-mountain snowboarding is not a solo endeavor.

For each shot of a dude descending an unfathomable spine, there are five behind the scenes, often more. And in a place where miscalculation can mean catastrophe, one’s mental state is heightened, and the strength of bonds formed is expedited and enhanced.

Elias understands and appreciates this. He believes that snowboarding is about humanity—the people he meets and the friendships he makes—because those are the truly enduring aspects of what we do as snowboarders.

Supported by: Dakine, Smith, Deeluxe

We've created 30 additional videos while filming for Insight so you can learn a bit more about the riders involved. Watch for a new release every Monday and Thursday only on

Full movie available November 1, 2016 on iTunes and more.
Crewing hard on top of an ultra sick line in Haines, AK. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

About Insight

Insight is a multifaceted project about the personalities and places that comprise it. Each rider involved was selected because of their quest: a unique desire to achieve an individual goal is what unites this eclectic collective. The title of the project is quite literal. The goal of Insight is to delve into the lives of those involved, exposing the particular motivations each has to strap in—be it atop a stairset, powder field or couloir. Featuring: Victor De Le Rue, Red Gerard, Jason Robinson, Victor Daviet, Elias Elhardt, Dylan Alito, Bjorn Leines, Josh Dirksen, Toni Kerkelä, RK1, and Bear Mountain.

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