Snow Kiting Commonly Asked Questions
What is Snowkiting?
How do I start?
Most people can learn the basics of Snowkiting within their first day, with many learning to go upwind as well as downwind directions. After a few days of practicing your kite-flying skills, you’ll be ready to ride up hill using the kite to pull you and then the fun really begins!
Is it easy to learn?
Do I have to be able to ski or snowboard?
What’d best, Ski’s or snowboard?
For Snowboards, the best type of bindings to use for snowkiting are the quick entry ones, such as Flow.
For Skis, twin-tips work best, but start with what your already have because anything will work.
What Equipment will I need?
• Foil kites: Ranging in size from 1m to 11.5m, we also have inflatable
kites in the school for students who would prefer to learn on those.
You’ll just need to bring normal snowboarding/skiing equipment with you. If you don’t have these then we can arrange rentals for you.
The learning curve is very steap with snowkiting, KiteAddicts will take you through the IKO Snowkiting syllabus where the focus is on you learning snowkiting in a fun and safe environment. This syllabus is broken down into 3 levels, starting with basic kite flying and taking all the way up to uphill riding and jumping techniques.
Where do I go?
Choose a safe spot and away you go!!!
How long can I ride for?
Is snow kiting easier than kite surfing?..... YES!
It also takes a lot less wind to drive a board across snow than it does across water. With the snow kite 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 therefore making up wind progress much easier to master.
Why are open cell foils better than inflatables and closed cell
foils for snow kiting?
Open cell kites do not require pre-inflation. Straight away that's 15 minutes more fun a day than the inflatable owner is getting. Also problems such as frozen valves aren’t an issue for foils! Simply take your foil out of the bag and your away riding in minutes.
An open cell kite can be stalled in to a lifeless piece of cloth just by pulling the brakes. This is an enormous safety feature when you are in trouble as you can kill all the power in the kite. Inflatables and closed cell foils always maintain their rigid shape and surface area, even on the ground. In strong winds this can be very dangerous as these kites can still produce unwanted power and traction.
Finally, at the end of your day you can pack a parafoil in to a tiny pack and be on your way home in minutes.
Do I want handles or a bar?
Otherwise non depowerable foils can be flown on a bar or on handles.
The only disadvantage is that you do not have the ability to de-power