Snow Kiting is the latest winter sport. Large highly controllable foil kites are used to blast kite pilots along with just the power of the wind! The 'Big air' jumps that boarders and skiers are pulling under the power and security of power kites are simply breath taking.
Snow Kiting is a lot easier to learn than kiteboarding on the water!
It is easy to stand on snow, which makes the whole process easier!
It also takes a lot less wind to drive a board across snow than it does across water.
The whole learning experience is lot less daunting as you need much less power and wind to get you moving.
Finally, holding an edge in snow is much easier than in water making up wind progress much easier to master.
All you need is snow and a power kite and you can turn a cold winter's day into a blistering, adrenaline soaked experience!
To Snow Kite you will want a foil type kite since it is completly soft in structure and cannot be damaged easily when the kite is slammed into the ground. Foils are also capable of reverse launching which is very important for re-launching these kites from the snow.
Choosing Your Kite Unlike water, snow conditions, change daily. When you consider a kite size, you must also take into consideration the main style of terrain. It will take more kite power to pull you in fresh powder than it will on packed snow or icy conditions. The most popular size for most winds and terrain is the Apex 5.5m. The 5.5 is ideal for the medium winds of 12-18mph. The Rush School 300 Power Kite package that comes with a 3 sq. meter kite will work in super high winds, over 15mph and a larger 7.0-9.0 foil will be the preferred size for lighter 10-15mph winds.
If you are looking for more power and performance, check out the HQ Montana It has a dynamic bridle system that interacts with the control bar to allow you to "de-power" the kite. This is a huge step forward in technology because you can cover an enormous wind range with a bigger kite and get much smoother rides! You have to see the full features below.