Zoom on the Kite in the mountains: the Snowkite

Snowkiting is the counterpart of the flying board in winter sports. It consists of sliding with a snowboard or skis pulled by a traction kite. Snowkiting has the same techniques as kitesurfing. It uses a large part of the kitesurfing equipment.

What should I wear?

Proper clothing and proper layering are key ingredients for a successful snowkiting session. Snowkiting is a thrill sport, so your body maintains a much higher temperature than a typical descent. Snowkite instructors should dress for aerobic activity while preparing for the cold before and after the session. A standard outfit consists of a single base layer and a shell to prevent wind and snow from penetrating. Colder days may require a thicker base layer or an additional intermediate layer that can be removed. To stay warm between walks, the most popular item in the snow bag is the down parka. Finding an outer shell with good ventilation allows you to regulate your temperature while driving.

What equipment do I need?

There are two main forms of snowkite. They correspond to the two semi-rival groups that occupy the mountain, skiers and snowboarders. The only extras that both models need to go from mountain sports to the pioneering madness of kite flying are simply a kite and a harness. The rest of the kit includes only your usual skis or snowboard and additional safety equipment. Snowkiting can be practiced in all snowy landscapes. So you can try it on your next snow holiday. From sprawling tundra or ice fields stretching for miles to the generally unexplored areas of mountain ranges are accessible via snowkiting. Snowkiting is a remarkably versatile sport that could make your winter holiday one of the best skiing holidays ever.

Where can I snowkite?

You have the right equipment and a set of kitesurfing skills that you are ready to use on the terrain, now all you have to do is find the right place. While the beauty of snowkiting lies in the freedom of riding options, it is best to stick to a well established location for your first few sessions. A good place to snowkite will usually have a large supply of fresh air and receive constant snow and wind. Many easy-to-reach snowkiting websites have already been developed and usually have schools or shops nearby. If you can’t find a snowkite site, make sure there is enough snow to cover obstacles or hazards. Deep snow is nice, but more difficult to learn. Stay away from roads and power lines. There are more obstacles on land than at sea. Ideally, it’s always a good idea to ride with a partner, especially on your first few rides.

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