Every four years since 1998, competitive snowboarding is thrown into the larger global consciousness as a small group of riders take the stage at the Olympics. While the finals runs and glint of gold medals are often the impressions left upon the audience, the reality of what goes into each snowboarder’s winter is long, challenging, and strenuous as much as it is fun, exciting, and fueled by passion. This season, Elena Hight is sharing her road to the Olympics in Hight Hopes, which will follow her through qualifiers, traveling, and the other landmarks and challenges that she encounters on her way to Sochi 2014. In a year that promises to have the highest level of women’s halfpipe competition to date, with Elena at the center of it all, check out the teaser for Hight Hopes and stay tuned for episodes dropping in every edition of SNOWBOARDER Video Magazine this season. Music: “Rio Rio” by Riviera.