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Anybody sad that snowkiting season is over?

Cheddarhead - 3-13-2012 at 10:27 PM

It happens every year...but I can't help but feel a little sad that snowkiting is done around here. Anybody else like the snow season like I do?

Kamikuza - 3-13-2012 at 10:55 PM

Nope :lol:

Kober - 3-13-2012 at 11:26 PM

We never have chance to start snowkiting season around here .....
It snow once .... like crazy in OCTOBER !!!!!!....... and then some snow in January one day for few hours .....
I am sad ......
I am mad !!!!

macboy - 3-13-2012 at 11:35 PM

One day here too! :flaming:

indigo_wolf - 3-14-2012 at 12:42 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Kober
We never have chance to start snowkiting season around here .....
It snow once .... like crazy in OCTOBER !!!!!!....... and then some snow in January one day for few hours .....
I am sad ......
I am mad !!!!


It is the extension of the new kite/no wind phenomenon: buy a Switchblade and winter is immediately cancelled. :rolleyes:

ATB,
Sam

zero gee - 3-14-2012 at 01:02 AM

It was just getting good here (finally got 6" to a foot of snow). Now all the good snow is gone and lots of water sitting on top of the ice. We usually get another month on the ice. But that may be cut short too since this winter is the 4th warmest ever recorded.

snowspider - 3-14-2012 at 05:11 AM

I put in more buggy time on smooth ice this winter than I have in 3 years of beach buggying , I would'nt have minded a little bit more.

ragden - 3-14-2012 at 06:45 AM

What snowkite season?
This has been the first year since I started kiting that I COULDNT SNOWKITE even once all season. Every time I had the opportunity to go, the conditions were awful...

Kind of wish I had taken my gear to Canada with me when I was there, I saw people out on the lake there the first three days I was there. Figures...

Time to hit the water... since its already warming up...
:o

lamrith - 3-14-2012 at 06:50 AM

Our snows are just starting :-p All up in the Mtn though, but they have seen feet of snow drop since the 1st.. 2ft sunday night alone..

MikeDobbs - 3-14-2012 at 06:59 AM

Wait- hold on a sec... did I miss it? :puzzled:

Oh man-when did it start?

Cheddarhead - 3-14-2012 at 07:03 AM

I agree that this was one of the worst seasons on record with the weather and all....but I still was able to get 8 good sessions in this winter and it simply wasn't enough in my book.:no:


p.s. - Glad I held off buying that snowblower this year.

Kober - 3-14-2012 at 07:09 AM

Sam....
you right ....
I never install that thing ..... I got 2nd board with bindings just for that from craigslist so I can use it on ice and not worry about damage , I got Snow blades to have some fun with that, new jacket, new gloves ..... we can put Yetis to that group too since those are snow kites.......
Lets hope next one will get us some snowkite action ..... or we will have to consider that trip to Iceland ......

shaggs2riches - 3-14-2012 at 06:27 PM

Yeah really was looking forward to the snowkite season. Bought two kites, and applied a coating of seal n glide to the speed 2. The season was more or less a sit on the couch season except for this past weekend. :mad:

g00fba11 - 3-14-2012 at 07:17 PM

What snowkiting season??????

I sure was in the wrong place this year.....

Never enough ground cover to hit the big fields.......

I have no skill on black ice with the skis.......need to take Feyds advice and find some old straight skis for next year.....

Got a few days in the buggy out on Cedar Lake and those sessions were awesome......Never thought I could get the buggy to work out on the ice but it was a hoot......

Didn't even get hit with the annual high school hockey tournament snow storm this year......

As people have already said..... a bummer of a year for snow kiting around here...... looking forward to next year and will have blades made for the buggy just in case it is another ice only year.......

kitedelight - 3-14-2012 at 08:42 PM

ya, has been a lean snow year too, basically the same everywhere I guess. Only a handful of sessions locally, a couple of those were light winds 'plodding around' sessions...and the best session of the lot was on the lake that usually gets the snow blown off the fastest, so i tend not even to kite there...:crazy: Different year to say the least.

kiteboyza - 3-15-2012 at 06:16 AM

still good here, plenty ice and snow, what you moaning about :crazy:

dandre - 3-15-2012 at 07:27 AM

oh canadians....

kiteyakker - 3-15-2012 at 10:13 AM

Yup, sad for sure. Got my last session in last saturday slushy snow but still cruising in just a light breeze and a 14 meter frenzy. Spring has hit with a vengence, but it was a good season. Kited 3 different lakes and the local "bog" multiple times. I need a buggy now!

kitedelight - 3-15-2012 at 11:04 AM

Further south is pretty different Kiteboyza. Glad you got snow and ice, kite it up.

Mountains have been saving the year here though.

Cheddarhead - 3-15-2012 at 11:07 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by kiteyakker
I need a buggy now!


Me too!!

thanson2001ok - 3-15-2012 at 12:01 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Cheddarhead
Quote:
Originally posted by kiteyakker
I need a buggy now!


Me too!!


Borrow mine anytime, Chedd. Except during NABX. :smug:

lamrith - 3-15-2012 at 12:31 PM

Our mtns have been hammered last 3 days. Nightly seeing >1ft...:bouncy:

kitedelight - 3-15-2012 at 01:01 PM

"Our mtns have been hammered last 3 days. Nightly seeing >1ft.."
Nice!

some of the resorts here have been getting 27 inches over the last week. Pretty good stuff!

do you kite on terrain or on a lake in the mountains?
so far, I've been kiting on a lake in the mountains - amazing location, but doesn't quite keep the snow like the backcountry does. I know there is some crazy powder sessions to be had out there though.

lamrith - 3-15-2012 at 02:31 PM

No real flat or untree'd spots here that I have seen. I am sure they exist but the locals keep them secret.

Unfortunately, here near sea-level we have CRAP! But I have been enjoying the skiing!

its just starting!!

boz - 3-16-2012 at 06:19 PM

man you guys all need to book yourself a ticket up to the arctic!! the season is just starting. its been so cold this year that there is about 6-8 feet of sea ice, and a good amount of snow on top. we have been out a handfull of times but to be honest most sessions were an hour or less as they were in -30C or colder conditions.

Now that spring is here its light till 7 every night (6minutes more each day) and the air temps have warmed up.

Book a flight and come out for afew days. you dont even have to rush as there is at least another 3 months of snow kitting!!

canuck - 3-16-2012 at 08:10 PM

Don't have to go that far north, come to Canmore Alberta. Should be hardwater/snowkiting into May after starting the season in November.

Sounds like we are really lucky. Seek and you'll find it here. Snow has been infrequent on the prairie but it is the best season in 14 years in the mountains. More snow coming Saturday night. Still well over a foot of ice on the lakes.

We should have another Alberta meetup at Sylvan Lake on the Easter weekend :bigok:

boz - 3-17-2012 at 09:23 AM

Got out this morning!!! unlimited area (aprx 600sqkm) 20knots of wind and i was the only kite in the sky. cant argue with that!!!

shaggs2riches - 3-17-2012 at 09:49 AM

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Originally posted by canuck
Don't have to go that far north, come to Canmore Alberta. Should be hardwater/snowkiting into May after starting the season in November.

Sounds like we are really lucky. Seek and you'll find it here. Snow has been infrequent on the prairie but it is the best season in 14 years in the mountains. More snow coming Saturday night. Still well over a foot of ice on the lakes.

We should have another Alberta meetup at Sylvan Lake on the Easter weekend :bigok:


is there still gonna be snow and good ice by then you think???? Looks like some of the highs are hitting around +11 in the 14day trend. How long will sprays ice and snow last???? Might have to beg and plead with the wife for a road trip in April if it can mean another day or two of snowkiting.

canuck - 3-17-2012 at 07:29 PM

Easter for sure at Sylvan but could be sloppy. Thankfull that we are still getting north winds and the cold shoulder from Edmonton. Still snowing and not much above freezing at Spray. Road was closed a few days last week due to avalanches.

PrairieWind - 3-17-2012 at 08:34 PM

The road to spray was closed for avalanche control, not due to any avalanches. It is a beautiful place to kite for sure. I'm hoping to get up there sometime before the snow and ice are gone...

markite - 3-17-2012 at 09:08 PM

Normally mid March is my favorite time of year for winter kiting; days are longer and it's usually getting a bit warmer and when it hovers around the freezing mark or a few degrees above everyone ditches the hats and then at +5C get rid of the cold weather jacket etc for something lighter.

Well this year is no where near it - spent the last two days outside in shorts and t-shirt as we are getting temps in the low 20's here in southern Ontario - feels like late May/early June. We only had a couple of snow sessions this year. A little further north they had bit better but a dismal winter season.

Now this early warm air is messing with what could have been a good early start to a buggy and surf season - the cold water and clear sunny warm days means doming already - kills the wind along the beaches and you get cold mist rising off the sand until the water warms up more or you get a cold wind day with cloud cover to keep the beaches from heating up too much.

at least NABX is only 2 weeks away.

Feyd - 3-18-2012 at 05:55 PM

We had 72 degress F here today. Great wind and great ice when we drove an hour north.

Local ice is done. We'll get another week at least.

krumly - 3-18-2012 at 07:38 PM

Bet most lakes around Mpls/St. Paul will be ice out in a couple days. It hit 81 F today. About 3 weeks early on ice aout and 30-40 degrees high on temps. Guys started on water this weekend. I'm much more of fan of snowkiting, so this winter was not a good in my book.

krumly

bigkid - 3-18-2012 at 07:41 PM

COME TO SEATTLE, IT'S BEEN SNOWING, HAIL, RAIN, SUN, WIND, RAIN, SNOWING, OH BY THE WAY DID I TELL YOU IT'S BEEN SNOWING......THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE MOUNTAINS, WHICH ARE ONLY AN HOUR AWAY, IS FOR 1 TO 2 FEET OF SNOW EACH DAY.

I will have to chain up just to leave town for NABX. The Syskiyou's are going to be nasty, looking forward to putting chains on the motor home and trailer.:crazy:

Cheddarhead - 3-18-2012 at 07:43 PM

Thursday my fav lake still had ice but you had to paddle twenty feet from shore to get to it. Yesterday and today in the mid to upper 70's F. Lots of fisherman out in boats on the rivers already. What a bizzaro year!:dunno: It was fun while it lasted but skiing gear is packed away in storage for the year:no:

Feyd - 3-19-2012 at 12:50 PM

Had an awesome session yesterday. Got some kites wet and a bit of sunburn but it was really good. We shoulf get at least one more week in up north.:D

Cheddarhead - 3-19-2012 at 03:12 PM

Jelly for sure! Some of my best skiing on the ice was mid to late march. Warm temps, sunburn, and good speeds all in the same day.:bouncing:

Feyd - 3-21-2012 at 05:07 AM

It was 82 degrees here yesterday. It's going to hit near 90f today! I still think we'll get one more weekend but I'm wearing my PFD just to be sure.:duh:

canuck - 3-21-2012 at 09:22 PM

We still have the best of both worlds. The Spring "velvet" has not formed yet on lakes closest to Calgary, and it is still snowing at Sylvan and Spray Lakes, but you can kiteboard in a drysuit at Keho already. Winds have been good too.

The soccer fields in town have dried out so I have even had a few after work sessions on Coyotes and mountainboard .

shaggs2riches - 3-22-2012 at 05:55 AM

On Monday we got a nice 20cm dump. Woke up to a two foot drift pushed up to my front door. But as luck goes there has been zero wind. Today it's suppose to be 50km winds and another 10cm expected. Day off tomorrow, so here's hoping that it's at least 20km to play. Sunday is forecast windy too!!! I was mountainboarding with my son on Sunday, Tuesday they went to that same hill to toboggan. Weird way to end the dry winter we had. Next week it's back to +11.

stephdip - 3-22-2012 at 06:22 AM

Sad here as well !!! we have been getting the same weather as feyd here(not that far apart) and i had my last session two week ago .
i must say it was a perfect way to end it,sunny,warm nice winds,no jacket/gloves or hat just palin cruising for hours on end untill it was time to pack up..
the river is also a no go,it's been melting so fast that i wouldn't never dare try to adventure on it...

at least this year we got a little snow!!! so managed to get out a good 12 times,,not great compared to a few years ago where we had full coverage in the field until mid april..

compared to last year and the year before that :( now that was awfull... i think i'm moving to Nunavut to kite with the polar bears :( heheheh

only 9 months to go for the next season :-D if we get one this time !!!!!

steff

Feyd - 3-23-2012 at 03:25 PM

I had my last ice session today. Rode 50 miles with an average speed of 24.5 mph and a top speed of 64mph. Surface was hard frozen ice fragments akin to riding shattered pavement. Winds were gusting to 30mph and the 12m Ph2 on 40m lines was a riot.

Ice thickness ranged from 12 to 4" but none of it was good ice and it was bowing beneath me when I edged hard by mid day.

Were all wore our PFDs but nobdy went swimming. We could probably ride tomorrow but I'm happy to have the last day without going swimming. :D

Can't wait until next season.

shaggs2riches - 3-23-2012 at 05:35 PM

You're a legend in my mind. You and Phree have to put more miles on in a year than anyone else. In the kiting world, they should have career miles like hockey players have career goals.

Feyd - 3-24-2012 at 04:28 AM

Heheheh thanks Shaggs. Really it's not hard when you don't get much snow, have lots of hard ice, tons of wind and you like to ride as fast as you can. The miles add up quick.:smilegrin:

I stopped keeping track after around 900 this year about a month and week ago. My guess is I got between 1500-1700 for the season. My best week this season I logged 360 miles in 5 days. My friend Jim Cline finished yesterday with 2165miles for the season. I think his best season he bagged 3000. He's got 6000 miles in just in the last 4 years.

I love doing it but in the back of my mind I have to wonder what it's doing to our bodies. We weren't made to do this kind of stuff. This kind of hard mileage destroys equipment, it must take it's toll on us as well.:no:

I dunno, it's a drug and I'm an addict. Can't be as bad for me a heroine or crack or even alcohol right?

snowspider - 3-24-2012 at 05:56 AM

The difference between this addiction and many others is that even after years and years of use and abuse you will still be smiling.

shaggs2riches - 3-24-2012 at 04:58 PM

I wonder if what the pro and con health benefits really look like. I suspect that your knees and ankles are the most at risk from wear n tear. Someone asked me how I could justify the risk once. I laughed and told them it was much safer than flying down a ditch doing 80mph on a tricked out quad. And way cheaper as well.

vwbrian - 3-25-2012 at 01:20 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by snowspider
The difference between this addiction and many others is that even after years and years of use and abuse you will still be smiling.

And most likely still have teeth

shaggs2riches - 3-25-2012 at 04:16 PM

Went for a brief session this afternoon. The snow is really sticky and heavy now. Wind meter read 28km gusting to 34. I pulled out my 9m frenzy thinking the 12 might be a tad too much. I got going and the wind dropped to 20km. Fought with being powered enough through gusts to not near enough. After an hour I quit to pull out the 12m. Once I had the 9m packed my laziness set in. I checked the winds, back to 27km. Hummed for 10 minutes and decided to go home. I kicked myself all the way home but it is what it is. Suppose to be +9 to +13, so it's gonna be dry again in no time.

kitedelight - 3-26-2012 at 03:30 PM

really, you let a good session go cause you were too lazy to set up a foil?
Maybe we can chalk that up to temporary brain malfunction due to a general lack of snowkiting this season. :)

shaggs2riches - 3-27-2012 at 08:49 AM

Yeah I was kicking myself Sunday night for not trying to make a go of it. It's light till 8 now so looking to get one in the evenings. Sad thing though really underpowered in sticky heavy snow is way more work than anything. That's when you realize how out of shape you are.

Feyd - 3-27-2012 at 10:53 AM

There was a place up north that I wanted to hit this month because it's big and has lots of room to run. This is the fast running part of the season with fast surface and high winds but this season the surface went a month early. The place I wanted to go hasn't got the surface but the winds are gusting 48mph today. It would have been awesome.

I've been worked up all day thinking about it. Can't focus on anything.:mad:

kitedelight - 3-29-2012 at 12:43 PM

ya, Shaggs, I am thinking you probably have a general wax on that board, or even a cold temp wax? maybe wax that board with some warm temp wax. It would make a big difference.

shaggs2riches - 3-29-2012 at 08:29 PM

I agree I need to invest in some warm temp wax for next season. Took three days and all that snow is more or less gone now. Seems like the only snowkiting I get in is at the end of the season. Maybe that should be what I put on in the first place lol. Guess there's next winter to look forward to lol.

Cheddarhead - 4-20-2013 at 11:25 AM

Anybody else grieving the loss of winter. I had a good year but already going through a slight depression. Is there a five step program for skiing withdrawal?

Rob:)

Feyd - 4-21-2013 at 05:00 AM

Crushed. Happens everytime. I'm doing bike stuff now but at this time of year comming out of snow kite season I come into bike season with a little resentment. Today I'm building some new elements and skinnies to play and teach on so I'm a little pumped for that. There's a ton of trail work to be done so I'm pumped on that too. Shopping for a new bike has also been a great distraction.

But the itch is still there. I've been forcing myself to look and web cams of some of our kiting spots to see how bad they are now. That usually makes me go "Oh good, I'm not missing anything."

Last night I flew a little 1.2m in some high winds last night to scratch an itch but it doesn't really get the snowkite monkey off my back.:no:

Not sad in the least

crabnebula - 4-21-2013 at 03:48 PM

I'm still on snow here in NH
Has a day teaching mountain kiting up on the Presidentials and an likely to be in Utah for another few weeks of incredible kiting on mountains!
In the mean time I've been out on the water which is as great as snow! Only the waves move you, where in snow, they don't.

So when the season is done, there's still lots to do that's fun!

razeontherock - 5-1-2013 at 06:26 PM

Quote: Originally posted by Cheddarhead  
Anybody else grieving the loss of winter. I had a good year but already going through a slight depression. Is there a five step program for skiing withdrawal?

Rob:)


Man that week Bohemia got 20 + inches - and 16" the following week! Crazy year ...

Cheddarhead - 5-3-2013 at 12:13 PM

Yes, there were some late spring snow events, but nothing that affected us here in Green Bay. Mostly north and west of us. I still would love to make it to Mt Bohemia sometime, it looks beautiful. I haven't skied conventional downhill in years, just kite powered:D

Cheddarhead - 4-20-2014 at 01:52 PM

Still in grieving over the end of winter snowkiting:( Was one of THE best seasons that I can remember. I know I didn't get out as much as I wanted to due to wind or obligations, but I shouldn't complain as I was able to ski the lakes until mid April which is longer than most seasons. Every year at this time I feel a little empty that winter kiting is over and I have to put the ski equipment away. I think I need some therapy, lol.

Timouthy - 4-20-2014 at 05:50 PM

I'm not done in northern mn this week might be the last but we still have two feet of ice on the lake. Just waiting for the wind !

Chrisz - 4-20-2014 at 06:42 PM

Still kiting here in Duluth Minnesota although my days are numbered. Fishing opener is in less than 4 weeks, likely to be ice fishing, wishing for global warming...

Cheddarhead - 4-20-2014 at 07:22 PM

I could have extended my season by driving north, but obligations are keeping me closer to home. Green Bay was spared from the recent snow you guys got. Not a flake of snow anywhere around here, just lots of rain to keep things muddy.

back to the beach

skimtwashington - 4-21-2014 at 01:04 PM

yeah....

...but had one of the best seasons since I started because of below average cold. Had many, many days on my lake so I cannot have any regrets. Will miss it during first heat wave:bisou:

Hoping for a super cold winter next year.

Time to focus on the beach and dream of onshore breezes....

pongnut - 4-21-2014 at 02:17 PM

This was only my second year on snow, but have to say this was pretty much a total loss this season - small little teaser snowfalls and lots of wind kept the ground and ice pretty much exposed all season. Just in the wrong spot on the globe this season I guess :(

Kiteflyer933 - 4-21-2014 at 03:38 PM

Who's sad??.....Nine more months to go and it's Snowkiting season again!...lol....yes there is free Wifi at at Quinte Bay Ski Resort with free entrance too 24/7.:D

Feyd - 4-22-2014 at 04:02 AM

My last day of the ice season last year was April 23. I might get one more speed session in up north on Thursday if the ice holds. A whole month longer snowkite season this year, amazing.

canuck - 5-3-2014 at 11:53 AM

Another May snowfall warning for Southern Alberta has 10cm (~5inches) of fluffy snow covering our brown Calgary grass this morning. Too bad for the soccer and baseball teams that had season openers today. Now the wind just has to show up:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

kitesleder - 5-4-2014 at 06:24 AM

It was a banner winter here in the Okanagan Valley B.C. For sure over 600 km. on the ice.

http://youtu.be/41e-B9kCwqQ

Prussik - 5-4-2014 at 08:45 AM

Unfortunately this white muck destroyed (for a while) great conditions on the lake. But it should be back to normal in a few days.

canuck - 5-4-2014 at 09:48 AM

Are you still out on Ghost? I have been laid up for April and need to get out and snowkite again. Conditions at Spray look good still too.

Prussik - 5-8-2014 at 07:04 PM

It is no longer possible to get to the ice at Ghost. All the water from the recent snow contributed to the shore melt but the ice was getting badly candled anyway. LDA also melted out quite rapidly. That leaves Spray. I haven’t been there since the last snow and will have a look soon. Would not be surprised to find some surface slush which can be quite treacherous if it is firm enough to hold you up MOST OF THE TIME – not looking forward to another face plant into slush. But, as always, the Icefield will remain dry since it has good drainage and should be good for a few more weeks after the lake is gone - if you like short reaches and lots of jibing as I do. Less dependable wind and the tendency to cobblestones towards the end is another matter.

canuck - 5-9-2014 at 07:15 PM

Thanks for the update, I am thinking of going to Spray tomorrow.

Cheddarhead - 4-13-2016 at 11:45 PM

Yep, that time of year again when I get the blues. Almost a month has gone by since I've skied the snow/ice and I miss it horribly. My depression is starting to lift a little with the coming of summer, but I'm still a little sad. At least this year I can look forward to learning water as soon as it warms up. Water temps are still 40F here and all I have is a 4/3 wetsuit, so it will be awhile yet before I can dunk myself. Anybody else having withdrawals?

Windstruck - 4-14-2016 at 02:23 AM

Quote: Originally posted by Cheddarhead  
Yep, that time of year again when I get the blues. Almost a month has gone by since I've skied the snow/ice and I miss it horribly. My depression is starting to lift a little with the coming of summer, but I'm still a little sad. At least this year I can look forward to learning water as soon as it warms up. Water temps are still 40F here and all I have is a 4/3 wetsuit, so it will be awhile yet before I can dunk myself. Anybody else having withdrawals?


Cheddar - right there with ya brotha. I see that this thread has been open a while. Seems you have this sad feeling on, well, an annual basis. Snowkiting went to the wayside for me about 4-6 weeks ago but our local ski hills only closed for the season this past Sunday. I was telemarking this season (a first season for me) so my most acute recent loss is my free heel freedom.

To overcome this loss I'm getting myself into kite skating. I like to buggy, like it a lot in fact, but I really got a taste of the honey with this first season of snow kiting and I'm hungry for more. I'm hoping as I dial in my gear (both on my feet and my "plastic courage" body armor) that I can make a big go at kite skating as a sort of semi crossover from Snowkiting. I know it won't be the same, but at least it will be standing up, angulating against the pull of the kite and moving. Have you ever given this angle a thought?

ssayre - 4-14-2016 at 03:42 AM

Steve and rob, have you thought of inline skates and peak on short or half line. I've used the peak on both handles and hooked in with regular bar on a longboard, but you guys might prefer the inline to emmulate skiing more. You can take advantage of light wind. Finding a spot is a little tough but not as hard as you might think. Light poles are not to be afraid of. They actually make it fun and are fairly easy to steer the kite over or around. You can also use the light poles to land.

Windstruck - 4-14-2016 at 04:07 AM

Quote: Originally posted by ssayre  
Steve and rob, have you thought of inline skates and peak on short or half line. I've used the peak on both handles and hooked in with regular bar on a longboard, but you guys might prefer the inline to emmulate skiing more. You can take advantage of light wind. Finding a spot is a little tough but not as hard as you might think. Light poles are not to be afraid of. They actually make it fun and are fairly easy to steer the kite over or around. You can also use the light poles to land.


Good suggestions Sean. I'm absolutely planning on trying my Peaks on handles. Ive got some handles rigged right now with 20m lines but I also have a nice set of 5m lines that I use as my line extenders for my 12m P2 for eeking out just a bit more umph on extra light wind days.

I've yet to see an adequate explanation about how to "half-line" the peaks but I'm open to trying that too.

From your description I'm thinking you are considering sending me to a skinless convalescence after attempting kite skating on pavement. Agreed that the flag polls would make for nice kite landing posts but the rest of the picture sounds wrought with danger, at least until I am highly proficient. Me, I'm sticking to grass for now with loads of "plastic courage" (nod to John aka cerebite) all over me.

ssayre - 4-14-2016 at 04:41 AM

Admittedly, I would be concerned wearing inline skates since you cant just step off like on longboard. The key to pavement for me is I don't go for high speed well powered sessions but rather fluid carvy sessions where I can go non stop with seamless transitions.

As far as half lining the peaks, I agree. The 1 and 2 have a different configuration so I'm limited to thinking about it as it pertains to the v1. On mine, half lining looks fairly straight forward EXCEPT the safety line. For me this requires a good half hour of undoing and fiddling with whether I would half line (which i haven't done yet) or switching my linesets completely which I have done. Right now until I learn otherwise, switching lines or half lining would take about the same time due to the safety line farting around.

canuck - 4-14-2016 at 08:09 PM

Head north and west for your snowkiting fix! I think Prussik might still be snowkiting daily at Spray lakes. There might be fresh snow there tomorrow morning! When Spray is done he heads into the alpine.

I decided to put my summer tires on the buggy since it has been Summer in Calgary for a few weeks but still hope to get one more snowkiting session in.

Prussik - 4-15-2016 at 06:38 PM

After a few months of above average temps. and 2/3 of ice of the last season and 1/2 of the season before, we'll have the end at least 1 month earlier than normal. So, with 119-th day today, it does not look like the usual 130+ will happen without continuation on Plateau Mt. Recently I moved from the lake to the icefield. The dark spots on the lake began to candle so even though 95% was still good it was prudent to end it for solo outings. The change of scenery has some benefits. No more fast rides, rather you have to deliberately look and plan ahead and finesse your way around dips, depressions and occasional dirt spot. Some dips are quite deep and steep and not traversable and have to be avoided. Combined with often fluky wind it makes for challenging but interesting kiting. Normally the surface tends to get cobbly at this time but this year it is nice and velvety not far off from launch. Space gets reduced every day now but it should be usable for a few more days with a lot of nice jibing.

skier - 5-31-2016 at 08:28 AM

Still plenty of snow above treeline in Colorado....just gotta skin for awhile to get there. Last weekend rode up this ridge at Berthoud Pass from treeline several times for some great corn skiing. Nice turns on the up and down. Not a great spot for winter kiting as the winds are high and gusty, and the snow doesn't normally stick like this until April.

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Windstruck - 5-31-2016 at 09:11 AM

Quote: Originally posted by skier  
Still plenty of snow above treeline in Colorado....just gotta skin for awhile to get there. Last weekend rode up this ridge at Berthoud Pass from treeline several times for some great corn skiing. Nice turns on the up and down. Not a great spot for winter kiting as the winds are high and gusty, and the snow doesn't normally stick like this until April.



Nice! Cool to see you guys still hitting it in CO. The season is long gone in UT, at least that which is easily accessible. I've got a ski buddy (not a snow kiter) who is still skinning up for lines in CO too. By your pictures it just looks as if you have more still on the ground than we do over at the Wasatch Front. Good on ya!

Feyd - 5-31-2016 at 10:10 AM

We still have snow here up high for some pretty limited patch Kiting. I'm too old and jaded to hit it these days😁