Elan Snowboards

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Elan Snowboards
Private
IndustrySporting goods
Founded1987
HeadquartersBegunje, Slovenia
ProductsSnowboards, Bindings, Boots, Apparel; others
RevenueIncrease4 million EUR (2003)
Number of employees
250
Websitewww.elansnowboards.com

Elan Snowboards is a member of Slovenian ski company Elan Group and is one of the world's largest producer of high-end snowboards and produces boards since 1987. While the company headquarters with the rest of Elan Group is located in Begunje, in north-western part of Slovenia, the production of snowboards takes place in the neighboring country - in Furnitz, Austria.

Company Information[edit]

With an Austrian factory this Slovenian company continues to drive development trends. The Elan research and development team is the company's best asset. Innovation, experience, and performance through years of industry-first designs has given Elan a unique perspective on snowboard design, as an approach focused on the creation of decks that help those who ride them, ride better.

As a sub brand of Elan Snowoards the Artec Project by Elan was launched in 2004. The Artec Project combines experience and vision to create true innovation. Artec snowboards are designed from the outside in and function defines their form. Artec Project boards aim at the core freestyle snowboarders.

In 2006/07 Elan Snowboards introduced the Elan Chicas program. For the first female specific program Elan enlisted the expertise of their female team riders like Lisa Filzmoser, Conny Bleicher and Dominique Vallée and designers and gave them the freedom to create innovative and unique products to meet the demands of today's women snowboarders. As this program launched, the Elan Chicas website became a meeting place for all girls to exchange their experiences and meet the Chicas team riders.

History[edit]

1987
Elan produces the first snowboards
1988
Start of the regular snowboard production at the Elan factory in Austria
1997
Nale snowboard brand was launched
1999
Elan Snowboards brand was launched
2001
Marco Siffredi makes the first complete descent from Mt. Everest on a Elan snowboard called Everest
2003
Elan produces the first two-piece sidewall on the market
2004
The Artec Project by Elan was launched
2004
Elan Snowboards introduces the Inverse — the lightest board in the world
2005
Elan Snowboards introduces the patented DG Top technology
2005
Elan Snowboards introduces the patented Omega sidecut technology
2006
Elan Chicas was launched. The first female specific program by Elan
2006
Elan Snowboards introduces the El Grande — the widest board in the world
2006
Artec Blue Print was launched. Design your board with your own custom made top graphics: www.artecproject.com/blueprint
2007
Elan Snowboards wins the Volvo Design Award for the Artec Blue Print program
2007
Elan Snowboards introduces the Vertigo – the first full alu board on the market
2008
Artec becomes independent Snowboards Brand with its full line of products
2008
Elan Snowboards introduced ECO wood cores
2008
Elan Snowboards adds junior board with tip to tail wood core to its line
2008
Elan Snowboards introduces Boomer Stances on its highlight boards
2012
Elan Snowboards introduces ChromoTech technology
2013
Elan announces consolidation of its snowboard programs. Artec Snowboards brand to be absorbed by Elan Snowboards
2013
Elan declares bankruptcy of the Elan factory in Austria
2014
Elan moves its snowboard production line to Begunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenija

Ideology[edit]

Elan Snowboards revolves all activities around the product and its performance value to riders at all levels. Improvement of the rider’s performance is the main goal.

Pro Riders[edit]

Riders of the Elan Snowboard team include; current pro riders: Gus Engle, Hans Ahlund, Nima Jalali, Gabe Taylor, Matevz Pristavec, Zach Rawles, Nejc Ferjan, Michael Roy, Veroniqi Hanssen former pro riders: Marco Siffredi Aleksi Vanninen, Anssi Manninen, Thomas Harstadt, Domen Bizjak, Flo Mausser, Friedl May, Bruno Rivoire, Alan Finlay, Neil Conolly and Matti Rautanen, Lisa Filzmoser, Dominique Vallée, and Conny Bleicher

Mike Basich, Kim Christiansen, Timo Aho

Products[edit]

All in all Elan sells 19 snowboard series in various sizes as well as bindings, boots, bags and apparel. The top of the line freestyle boards are the Inverse (one of the lightest board in the world), Element (ChromoTech), Lira (women’s board with ChromoTech ). The top of the line all mountain board is the El Grande (widest board in the world)

Awards[edit]

2007 Transworld Good Wood Award
Inverse
Artec 3.3
Artec 3.2
Prodigy
Aurora
2007 Volvo Design Award
Artec Blue Print Series
2007 Snow VIP Product
Vertigo
Inverse
2006 Snow VIP Product
Ascent
Artec 2.3
2014 Grade Eh Award by Snowboard Canada
Prodigy

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