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MotoFoo86


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[*] posted on 10-23-2015 at 08:14 PM
Snowkiting Central Oregon


Gearing up for winter, i'm going to be scooping out places over the next couple days for some snowkiting here in the CO. Unfortunately our haven got taken away years ago during the BKC era. I think i've found a couple viable areas without much sled traffic. However i'm always game for company!

If the wind doesn't blow, i have backup plans, and can get you hooked up on some tix at Mt. Bachelor for some lift service action but no... no kites, trust me i asked... and asked... and asked... Backside kiting would be fun on that mountain!

Laying the seeds for an epic adventure winter.




Kites:
Rush V Pro 350
Apex IV 5.5m with FDS system
Montana VII 7m with FLS system
Montana VIII 10m, 14m with FLS system
FlySurfer Speed 4 Lotus 21m, Psycho 3 13m
2010 Best Waroo 5m trainer LEI
2014 LF Envy 7m, 9m, 12m
07 Ozone Frenzy 7.5m

GI Patrol 106, skis? yup lots, snowboards? Couple of those too
Best breeze 145
Naish Spike 163
Flexifoil buggy - Standard and Wide Axles, Midis
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[*] posted on 10-24-2015 at 06:40 AM


Good luck Moto! I'll be pulling for ya! Shame your primo spot got pulled off the table. This is going to be my first year Snowkiting and I'm snooping around a bit too in the greater Park City area. NBC Studios went and bought the land out from under one of the spots a lot of kiters had used for years right on the outskirts of town and went and built a giant studio complex. Doh!

For us one the big gating factors becomes the depth of our snowpack. A great amount of our open rolling terrain around here is covered with sagebrush. Once the snowpack is at least a settled 4 ft everything is covered up with a layer of protection and the options expand exponentially. The Wasatch snow is so dry that it really settles down to much less than when it fell. Twelve inches of Utah Powder, however wonderful (Greatest Snow on Earth, so they say) settles in a few days down to about 4 inches of snow pack. "Some settling may occur during shipment" as I usually say, just like breakfast cereal. :). I know your snow, like that in the Sierra Nevada Range in CA really gets deep on the ground due to its higher moisture content. Hey, we all live with trade offs, right?

I look forward to hearing about your adventures and conquests this winter! Videos please! :D




Kites:
Born-Kite LongStar-2 (3.5m, 5.5m, 7.5m, 9.5m, 12.5m);
Born-Kite NASA Star-3 (1.5m, 2.5m, 3.2m, 4.0m; z-bridled for handle flying)

Buggy:
Peter Lynn Bigfoot+ modified with VTT rail & seat kit (a seriously great performance upgrade), two sets of Sysmic rims (one set with BigFoot slicks for the "beach" of the Great Salt Lake and the other with 6-ply trailer tires for the Ivanpah playa), and BigKidKites AQR (because it keeps me in the bug and in my marriage)

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[*] posted on 10-24-2015 at 09:35 AM


Unfortunately video equipment is very low on the list of things that need my attention (money). Still need to get my at ski setup dialed. Possible another pair of longer turn radius stiff midfats too for more front side kite duty.

Kwohl butte is my first thought!

https://www.google.com/maps/@43.9522795,-121.671835,8788m/da...

it's the smaller butte seen there just south of mt. bachelor. I know the bc guys love it.

As for our snow, central or tends to be a little dryer than alot of the tahoe resorts that we're compared. We're also a little higher. Cascade concrete does occasionally apply.




Kites:
Rush V Pro 350
Apex IV 5.5m with FDS system
Montana VII 7m with FLS system
Montana VIII 10m, 14m with FLS system
FlySurfer Speed 4 Lotus 21m, Psycho 3 13m
2010 Best Waroo 5m trainer LEI
2014 LF Envy 7m, 9m, 12m
07 Ozone Frenzy 7.5m

GI Patrol 106, skis? yup lots, snowboards? Couple of those too
Best breeze 145
Naish Spike 163
Flexifoil buggy - Standard and Wide Axles, Midis
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[*] posted on 10-24-2015 at 10:58 AM


If you guys get tired of all the powder, come to Wisconsin. We specialize in high moisture snow:lol::lol:



SS Rally 14m
SS Rally 12m
SS RPM 10m
SS Rally 8m
SS Rally 6m
FS Speed 3 15m dlx
FS Peak 2 6m
Ozone Frenzy 9m
Ozone Access XT 6m
PL Farc 1200

What I ride:
Home brew buggy
Volkl race tiger DH 210
Dynastar DH 218
Blizzard Cochise 185
Steepwater 179 twin tip
Aboards Reverse 161
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[*] posted on 11-27-2015 at 12:15 AM


We got DUMPED on in town here on tuesday night/wednesday morning, snow depths in town ranged from 12-14". As such i was determined to set out and do some snow kiting. So this morning i took off my chains, loaded up both snowboards and all three kites (not going to miss a session if i don't have to!) and headed out. First flight at Riverbend park, wind was good, launched the 14m montana... wow, that sucker is a BEAST. If it's flying it's yanking, loved it, however two families descended on my flying field to play soccer in the snow. I landed, packed and slunk away.

Onto the next, Pine Nursery. I've flown here before, but always have dodged soccer goals. Not today, the good people of Bend Parks and Rec had apparently stashed all the goals due to the impending score. Jackpot. Pine nursery park is a combination of 4 baseball fields, with backstops only bordering 4 soccer fields. Perfectly smooth too.

Set up just in time to meet another local snowkiter, so far things are good! By the time we both finished setting up though the wind was abysmal. He managed to get a 20yd downwind drag on his Manta II. I never managed to get running. Spent the better part of 2 hours resetting the kite, strapping back into the board, and lying in the snow. Major bummer. Still glad i tried, and it was great to put the 14m up! Even managed a small 4-6ft jump flying static in low wind.

All in all a frustrating but passable day.




Kites:
Rush V Pro 350
Apex IV 5.5m with FDS system
Montana VII 7m with FLS system
Montana VIII 10m, 14m with FLS system
FlySurfer Speed 4 Lotus 21m, Psycho 3 13m
2010 Best Waroo 5m trainer LEI
2014 LF Envy 7m, 9m, 12m
07 Ozone Frenzy 7.5m

GI Patrol 106, skis? yup lots, snowboards? Couple of those too
Best breeze 145
Naish Spike 163
Flexifoil buggy - Standard and Wide Axles, Midis
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[*] posted on 11-27-2015 at 05:56 AM


Sounds like a great dump! That storm missed us but for a short two hour period where it snowed hard and dropped about four inches. Good while it lasted.

Those spots sound promising. Your day on snow sounded an awful lot like a lot of my days with my buggy this summer. Chin up - it will come! :)

Quote: Originally posted by MotoFoo86  
We got DUMPED on in town here on tuesday night/wednesday morning, snow depths in town ranged from 12-14". As such i was determined to set out and do some snow kiting. So this morning i took off my chains, loaded up both snowboards and all three kites (not going to miss a session if i don't have to!) and headed out. First flight at Riverbend park, wind was good, launched the 14m montana... wow, that sucker is a BEAST. If it's flying it's yanking, loved it, however two families descended on my flying field to play soccer in the snow. I landed, packed and slunk away.

Onto the next, Pine Nursery. I've flown here before, but always have dodged soccer goals. Not today, the good people of Bend Parks and Rec had apparently stashed all the goals due to the impending score. Jackpot. Pine nursery park is a combination of 4 baseball fields, with backstops only bordering 4 soccer fields. Perfectly smooth too.

Set up just in time to meet another local snowkiter, so far things are good! By the time we both finished setting up though the wind was abysmal. He managed to get a 20yd downwind drag on his Manta II. I never managed to get running. Spent the better part of 2 hours resetting the kite, strapping back into the board, and lying in the snow. Major bummer. Still glad i tried, and it was great to put the 14m up! Even managed a small 4-6ft jump flying static in low wind.

All in all a frustrating but passable day.




Kites:
Born-Kite LongStar-2 (3.5m, 5.5m, 7.5m, 9.5m, 12.5m);
Born-Kite NASA Star-3 (1.5m, 2.5m, 3.2m, 4.0m; z-bridled for handle flying)

Buggy:
Peter Lynn Bigfoot+ modified with VTT rail & seat kit (a seriously great performance upgrade), two sets of Sysmic rims (one set with BigFoot slicks for the "beach" of the Great Salt Lake and the other with 6-ply trailer tires for the Ivanpah playa), and BigKidKites AQR (because it keeps me in the bug and in my marriage)

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[*] posted on 11-27-2015 at 08:34 AM


Nice! Glad to hear you were able to make it out - even for a little bit. A bad day of kiting is still better than a day with no kiting at all! At least that's what I tell myself - all the time.

Sounds like all the snow Windstruck and I were supposed to get got dumped in your back yard. Take care of it for us, please.




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