What is Snowkiting??
Snowkiting takes all the best that snowboarding and skiing offers and blends it with unlimited vertical action, jumps and hangtime of kitesurfing. Because the wind is your full mountain access pass, you'll never wait in the chairlift line again ! You can snowkite in the mountains, uphill or downhill, even on flat snow packed land or frozen lakes. The terrain is endless, as are the opportunities for serious big air. The backcountry potential is huge, you can leave the lift pass at home as you go out and explore backcountry terrain unassisted. Snowkiting is easier to pick up than any of the other kiteboarding disciplines. Snow is more forgiving of mistakes than solid ground and is a lot easier to stand on than water. If you can snowboard or ski then you can snowkite. Most beginners are up within 30 minutes of putting their first kite in the air. The best part of snowkiting is that you already have most of the equipment necessary except the kite, harness and bar.
Should I use skis or a snowboard?
Either one is fine depending upon which you feel more comfortable with, although many beginners find skis easier for their first session.
What other gear do I need?
All you need is a kite with a control bar and a harness. The Inflateable Bow, SLE and Delta kites make the perfect snow kite choice, they are designed for year round use and our kite control bar is designed to be safe, simple and easy to use even with gloves on your hands. Most snowkiters prefer the practicality of a seat harness for winter riding. If you are going to use your kite to explore the backcountry then we would strongly recommend that you invest in a pair of snowshoes, splitboard or skis with AT binding/skins. If you are going off the beaten track or heading into the backcountry preparation is important. Always remember to bring an avalanche transceiver, shovel, avalanche backpack, and a days worth of food and water is essential.
Where can I snow kite?
The short answer is, "Anywhere there is snow and open space." In fact, there are now snowkiters everywhere, and most are outside of the areas typically synonymous with snow sports. If you have snow, you can snowkite.
What kind of terrain is best?
Although there is a lot of snowkiting in the mountains, most prefer flat, wide-open spaces. Frozen lakes and snow covered parks are usually your best bet. All you need is clear space away from roads, trees, power and telephone lines and dangerous obstacles. So if you have any questions, just ask! We are sure to have the answers you need. To learn how to snowkite we have a lesson center in Utah. For information about this school and Snowkiting shoot us an email.