Innsbruck: The Heart of the Alps and Home for Pro Snowboarder Elias Elhardt | Insight
Living close to the mountain has its obvious benefits, especially on powder days. Photo: Rudi Wyhlidal

Heart of the Alps

Elias Elhardt rides the backcountry with the acuity of the best of his predecessors. From pillow lines and spines to natural booters and mogul patches, he’s one of the most versatile snowboarders today. If you’ve watched his video parts, you know. His style builds upon itself. Powder-heavy cornice drops segue into handplants on rotting trees, back sevens, and lofty methods. Plain and simple, Elias kills it. That’s why he gets paid to snowboard.

But when snowboarding is your job, keeping a positive outlook on it becomes more difficult. It’s all too easy to view it as the everyday grind. Constant traveling and performing is exhausting in any context. That’s why Elias makes a point of balancing work and play: “I definitely need that balance of performing and enjoying snowboarding without any spectators, just doing it for myself and appreciating the joy of movement.”

That’s why Elias resides in Innsbruck, Austria, in the heart of the Alps. To him, it provides normalcy within a hectic life. He can come home and be around friends whose lives don't revolve around snowboarding. He can relax and recharge for his next trip to the mountains, be it around the world or 20 minutes from his front door.

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Massive scaffolding drop-in ramp, or pristine peaks. Innsbruck has both; take your pick. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

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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