The beginner guide to snowkiting

Are you an experienced kiteboarder, snowboarder or skiër? You’re already half way there! All you need is the right equipment and an open flat area to get started. The beauty of this sport is the ease with which one can get into the basics. Since you do not need a lot of power from the kite, a trainerkite such as the Impulse is often enough to have you sliding your first meters and getting to grips with the combined dynamics of kite control and board/ski control.

Before venturing out in more advanced terrain or upgrading your kite to something more serious it is recommended to take snowkite lessons at a certified snowkiteschool to learn more about possible dangers and challenges you’ll cross paths with.

 

Learn to kite

  • Take lessons or practice with experienced snowkiters and understand the basics of kiting
  • What equipment do you need?
    • Helmet!
    • Kite(s) & bar (kite size considering skill, wind speed and terrain)
    • Harness
    • Safety leash
    • Snowboard or pair of skis
    • (Protective) clothing
  • Practice safety systems
  • Understand the principles of how to get up and down and start practising

 

Finding the right snowkite spot

  • Analyze the weather conditions and environment
  • Flat terrain is ideal for beginners à you can stand on your skis or board without moving your kite and move all directions
  • Make sure the wind direction is right when snowkiting in rough terrain (mountains)
  • Make sure to check the wind speed for the right kite size
  • Ask locals about potential dangers, and permitted areas.

 

Practice

  • Make sure you’re not going alone
  • Connect with locals, find a community, e.g. via Facebook or schools or forums
  • Keep an eye out for fellow snowkiters and potential dangers, such as changing weather
  • Practice makes perfect

Here are the basics you need to know to snowkite!

This video was originally shot in 2012 for the snowkite Xplore package but still is a great start to learn about the basics!

 

 

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