Hey guys. I highly recommend getting into snowkiting, especially if you live in a place where you experience the extremes of both summer and winter. Here in Thunder Bay, ON this is exactly the case and we get out snowkiting mostly on the larger lakes around here and sometimes right on Lake Superior if the ice freezes thick enough and enough snow has fallen on the lake.
The benefits of snowkiting are immense. Can you go to your local ski hill and ever get any untouched powder conditions? Not unless you are the earliest of risers and are one of the first five cars in the parking lot. Do you wait for 5-7 minutes just to get back up the hill for a ride and get frigid cold in the process? Nope you are riding all the time, burning crazy amounts of calories, staying cozy warm, enjoying the beautiful scenery, wondering in amazement at the amount of distance you have covered, and sharing the amazing stoke with your fellow kiters.
Snowkiting is quite simply an amazing extension of kiteboarding and will open up a whole new world of kiteboarding for you. Locally we have seen more people enhance their flying skills, upwind skills, and overall riding ability more quickly in the winter on the snow than on the water. So if you’ve struggled to pickup the sport in the water just be patient and give it a go in the winter and you’ll be amazed at how quickly things may come together.
I recommend everyone who owns an OR kite get out in the snow on a windy day in a nice clear field or a wide open lake and play around in the soft stuff, you’ll never regret it!
I’ll post some pics up in the gallery of some of our local riders in the winter - i know none of them have any or gear in the pics but several of us do for this upcoming winter and I’ll get those pics up as soon as we’ve had a good session in - probably after this weekend.