Björn Hartweger

Who brought you into snowboarding? Have you given him any thanks for his influence?

That´s was the job of my brother! He was one of the first snowboarders in the area, I allwais wanted to start snowboarding, but to that time the smalest board was bretty mutch the double of my sice, so my first tries where on a tablo that I took from a restorant. The time came where it was possible to get smal boards, bindings and boots, from that on my brother had pretty mutch allwais time to go and shredd with me(the good old day´s, I wont forget them )!! I pretty mutch tryed to give him thanks for that as soon I had the chance for it! Thanks again michi!!!!!

Who was your local hero?

I´t didn´t really matter with who of the lokals I was on the mountain, they were all older than me and I pretty mutch lookt up to a lot of them. It was allways so mutch fun shredding together on the Kitzsteinhorn, 10,15 people hitting the jumprun day out and day in. Exept on the powderdays I allways thryed to keep up with on of the smaler grups!

Where and when was your first snowboardpic published? What trick was it? did you land it?

My first published pic was in the Snowboard Revue, a austrian snowboard mag. I think it was in 98, taken by Alex Papis(thanks for your suport alex). It was a fs3 indy shot from behind.....I landed it.

Where was your first video appearence with what music(local snowboardmovie...)?

I think it was in a swedish movie made by svensk snowboard, I dont remember the name and i defenitly dont remember the sound. Hehe....I had one bs3 and a nice pipe slam!

How did you get your first sponsor?

I think I was pretty lucky! I was riding up in the park on my home mountain the Kitzsteinhorn. I was more ore less just on the way down, I just wanted to take my backpack from the liftstation and ride down, when suddenly a man called Muc Müller came to me and asked if I would have interrests on riding for salomon snowboards. That was pretty mutch as it went....

Whould you still ride as much as you can, if noone would support you (no sponsors, no filmers and photographers) ?

For shure I would do it, aktually when your out filming and taking pics you moastly dont ride to mutch. You allways have to wait for some one to be readdy, ore fore the clouds to move ore something else. So aktually when there is no cam arrownd you get mutch more riding for your own. I hope thins can motivate some of them that dont have the support that they aktually should have for not loosing the fun on it!!!

What is your favourite moment on the mountain?

When you are on the way on the mountain and you brake thru the clouds that are hanging down in the vally. Its a good feeling when you know, down tere it´s dark and unfrendly and you are just 1000 meters higher, above the clouds with the sun burning down on you.....thats one of my favorites

What is the worst time during the time on the mountain?

Changing weather situations. I´s allway hard to decide what´s the best to do......ore aktually the best is just to wait and see, but how fun is that!?

How important is the time on the mountain for you?

It´s really important, I like them both in summer and winter. It gives me some kind of a free feeling.... I get the same feeling when I´m lieing on my surfboard in the ocean

How important is music for you on a snowboardmovie?

I think it´s one of the most important things, for shure the riding must be good, and the cuts and everything, but if the music is bullshit you woant get the right feeling in the movie and it gets easely boring!

Favourite video, ever:

After Bang


I dont know, I just feel the fun of snowboarding.....

Give me your percentage of importance of the following factors to go snowboarding:

Beeing in the nature:200%
Having a good time with your friends:150%
Doing your job:100%

How did you get in contact with the PiRATE project?

I´t all started with my friend Basti Balser, we went to the same school in
sweden. When I moved up there he had his last year in the school. He went back to middle europ! 4 years later I allsow graduated up there and I went back to Kaprun, my hometown in austria! Basti gave me a call where he explaned fore me that he has planed the whole winter for me, and the first pirate season started, a lot of friends got shot, but still I cant sail!

How important is it for you to be a part of it?

It´s allwais sick if your in into something since the beginning, and to se
how it all started from zero, untill know. I hope that it continues like this and we continue to make prosess in all differente ways.
----Thanks boys----


to all them who are enjoing the pow