Hometown: Lake Tahoe, CA, USA
Currently resides: Lake Tahoe, CA, USA
Current sponsors: Arcteryx, Clif Bar, Smith, Jones, GoPro, Thirty Two
Bindings: Arc ST Pro

Kauai born and Lake Tahoe raised, Elena Hight is a stand out amongst professional snowboarding’s best. At 13-years-old, Elena became the first female to land a 900 in competition. She went on to attend two Winter Olympics and in 2013, became the first snowboarder, male or female, to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo at the Winter X Games. Always at the forefront of progression, Elena has lead the way throughout her competition career and continues to do so stepping into human-powered big mountain riding and splitboarding. In addition to snowboarding, Elena’s passions lie in outdoor adventure, health and wellness, and advocating for environmental protection.

Q & A

Talk about your most epic splitboard adventure:

To date, my favorite splitboard trip was crossing the Sierra to film Ode to Muir. Being able to just camp, hike, and shred for multiple days on end was a dream.


What has most influenced your backcountry riding?

I have had so many great influences that have brought me into the backcountry. Jeremy Jones, Hana Beaman, Brian Iguchi, Robin Van Gyn.... all have really helped guide me in the backcountry.


What are you most excited about for the 22/23 season?

I am really looking forward to trying to tackle some bigger mountain objectives. I have fallen in love with winter camping and it opens up so many doors to be able to go deeper into the mountains. Lots of plans are swirling!!!


What inspires you?

I am inspired by nature. How complex yet simple it is. It drives me to spend more time immersed in nature because I always feel like I learn and grow when I do.


Why ride Spark R&D gear?

It's the best in the game. Light, reliable, and comfortable.