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[*] posted on 10-9-2016 at 05:17 PM
First snowfall of the 2016-2017 season


Short but sweet first session of the season today. Snowed early this morning and was gone by 2PM

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[*] posted on 10-9-2016 at 07:04 PM


Snow!!!...... or grass skiing lube....


Not much... but long as you can slide.... way to get some SUPER early.

Got couple months to wait here.

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[*] posted on 10-9-2016 at 08:16 PM


Love it. That's typically what my 1st tracks of the season look like. Sure as heck beats no kiting at all!

Send some of that white stuff my way!




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[*] posted on 10-9-2016 at 09:43 PM


Don't get too anxious too early or you might be in for a surprise.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/saskatchewan-slam...

My area only got a couple inches from this one and the farmers figure it'll be two weeks at least to get back in the fields and finish harvest. Plus you never want to deal with the problems that come with a foot or two of snow that comes before the ground freezes, it's a muddy nightmare. That being said, I wish it would hurry up and start freezing!

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[*] posted on 10-10-2016 at 09:38 AM


Yee Ha! Way to go Bill!
You need to make a point of going to Spray Lakes in April or May and lay claim to the longest snowkite season this year.

I was back home in " Cow Town " the weekend before last for a wedding + to see Mom's new place. Sorry I didn't contact you but it was a quicky visit and all Family.




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[*] posted on 10-10-2016 at 12:27 PM


Thanks Ken, April is usually no problem for Spray and often can go into mid-May at other spots in the mountains. I was in Toronto when you were here so we would have missed contact anyway - glad you had some Family time.

Brant, that was a bad storm in Saskatchewan. I hope the farmers can salvage their crops. I'll take snow cover anytime - keeps the soccer players away. It is pretty wet before freezeup but it is great to still be able to use a ground stake instead of a screw.




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[*] posted on 10-11-2016 at 08:58 PM


Kudos on the first outing! You should submit a speed to the Hardwaterkiter.com ranking. You may have the record for earliest submittal:D



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[*] posted on 12-6-2016 at 03:31 PM


We had snow this morning but was gone by the time the sun came up. 2 feet of New at the pass only a half hour away. To many trees at the pass and the lake isn't frozen yet. Soon I hope.



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[*] posted on 12-6-2016 at 07:26 PM


Offaxis, that looks like it will be a sweet kite spot once you get some snow on it. Do you typically get much snow coverage in the winter?



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[*] posted on 12-7-2016 at 12:03 AM


There is still snow on the ground here. The first this winter but I don't know if there will be enough to do anything with.



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[*] posted on 12-7-2016 at 04:48 AM


In January and February snow will stick around for a week or two. Usually long enough till the next storm rolls through. Some years we go without snow. Other years we can get a lot.

We got a big storm laat year of 30in at once so that stayed around for a while.




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[*] posted on 12-12-2016 at 09:51 AM


I got my first day this season!
dry land soccer field.
low steady wind, just enough snow.
love this sport!

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[*] posted on 12-12-2016 at 09:58 AM


Nice! Low, steady wind - that's my favorite!



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[*] posted on 12-13-2016 at 05:50 AM


Quote: Originally posted by CHICKENKOOP  
I got my first day this season!
dry land soccer field.
low steady wind, just enough snow.
love this sport!



SWEET! Nice to see you getting some in SoVT! Beautiful shot of your big green monster too. A very merry Christmas indeed! :thumbup::thumbup:




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[*] posted on 12-14-2016 at 05:45 AM


I need to go test the ice on my lake. It froze over 4-5 days ago, and it's been in the single digits for a few days now. The wind has been howling in the 20's to maybe 30mph, so it's a bit beyond my comfort range on a kite anyway for now.



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[*] posted on 12-15-2016 at 12:37 PM


Finally got some snow in the forecast for the 17042 zip code. Friday night into saturday turning to rain. So it might not play out in my favor but I'm hopeful.



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[*] posted on 12-20-2016 at 06:24 AM


I went out on the lake as the sun was setting on Sunday, and flew my new to me Summit 12m in a slight breathe of wind, maybe 3-4mph. Took a little work to get it in the air, but once it was flying it sure was sweet. I was amazing at how easily the kite flew in that low wind, nice quick turns and generating enough power to pull me around in the snow. I was flying static, but could've had a decent run with skis on. That was my first flight of the season, and really left me ready for more...

...which leads to Monday. Get home from work and it's blowing in the 20's, local airport was showing 25mph I think. I had discounted attempting to fly in that much wind because I felt like it was really outside my comfort zone. Then I thought about people like Feyd who get kites out in 40mph winds and figured I probably wouldn't die so I should give it a shot... lol. I was able to use my 5m Apex and it worked awesome. The kite was pretty lit but not once did I feel out of control. Did some fast laps across the lake, probably skied for about 30mins until my legs were on fire and I called it quits. Quite a workout...

There was 2-4" of very wind blown snow over ice, and it was kind of drifty so bare spots and deep spots on the lake. The wind packed snow was really heavy, even though it was dry snow. Made it challenging to ski and especially turn, felt a little uncomfortable actually. Still a really fun session and I'm happy I went out. Definitely more comfortable in higher winds now, so this will open up a lot more days for me.




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[*] posted on 12-20-2016 at 12:37 PM


Although technically not the first snowfall for us, it was my first session of the winter here in Wisconsin. Lakes are finally frozen enough to get out and put some miles on the skis. We have plenty of snow on the ice already which isn't the best since the ice wasn't that thick to begin with. Had my first Flysurfer Speed experience as well. Winds were very light so it was a great opportunity to get my first taste of a Speed. So far I love it! It's definitely a different kind of animal. Takes a little finesse to get it inflated and launched, but after that the rest was pure enjoyment! Reminds me a little of launching arcs. Can't wait for my next opportunity to get better acquainted.





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[*] posted on 12-20-2016 at 01:51 PM


Looks like you have more snow on your lake than I do on mine. All the snow blew off the lake and into my driveway I think.

Glad you're enjoying the speed 3. I have the same kite but it's the 19m, and I haven't flown it yet. Waiting for a nice light air day to get the beast out to play.




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[*] posted on 12-22-2016 at 08:18 PM


I need to stop trying to kite with kites that are too small for the wind... gets frustrating in a hurry lol.

Took the 9m Montana for a ride today, first time skiing with that kite. I thought there was going to be more wind out on the lake, but it was only blowing probably 4-7mph. Had a decent ride, took some work to build apparent, but even the slightest down-wind course brought the kite out of the sky. The kite seems very prone to wing tip tuck, and it kept collapsing on me as I'd try and turn it through the window. It's an older kite, not sure if the bridles are out of wack or if it's me or the lack of wind. It definitely held shape better when I'd hit a "gust" and start moving faster.

I can tell this is going to be a fun kite in more wind though. It really wants to move fast, and it has a huge power difference through the bar throw.



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[*] posted on 12-22-2016 at 09:03 PM


If it was truly 4 to 7, I would've been on that 19 meter speed of yours. It was 13 to 20 today here and I was using my 15 meter speed no problem.



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[*] posted on 12-23-2016 at 05:21 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Cheddarhead  
If it was truly 4 to 7, I would've been on that 19 meter speed of yours. It was 13 to 20 today here and I was using my 15 meter speed no problem.


Didn't bring my wind meter, but it was extremely light for sure. I still haven't had the speed in the air yet, need to find a backpack for it or something, it's a loose kite at the moment.

I could dive the 9m through the window, get some speed, but as turned it back up to get ready for another dive, it would start to stall and then the tip would tuck in, definitely light :duh:




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[*] posted on 12-23-2016 at 05:40 AM


like he said not enough wind for that sized kite. With a 9m you probally need a good 15mph to snowkite. 7mph is 16m sized and bigger foil.


Quote: Originally posted by Memopad  
I need to stop trying to kite with kites that are too small for the wind... gets frustrating in a hurry lol.

Took the 9m Montana for a ride today, first time skiing with that kite. I thought there was going to be more wind out on the lake, but it was only blowing probably 4-7mph. Had a decent ride, took some work to build apparent, but even the slightest down-wind course brought the kite out of the sky. The kite seems very prone to wing tip tuck, and it kept collapsing on me as I'd try and turn it through the window. It's an older kite, not sure if the bridles are out of wack or if it's me or the lack of wind. It definitely held shape better when I'd hit a "gust" and start moving faster.

I can tell this is going to be a fun kite in more wind though. It really wants to move fast, and it has a huge power difference through the bar throw.



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[*] posted on 12-24-2016 at 08:50 AM


Quote: Originally posted by gemini6kl  
like he said not enough wind for that sized kite. With a 9m you probally need a good 15mph to snowkite. 7mph is 14m sized and bigger foil.


Quote: Originally posted by Memopad  
I need to stop trying to kite with kites that are too small for the wind... gets frustrating in a hurry lol.

Took the 9m Montana for a ride today, first time skiing with that kite. I thought there was going to be more wind out on the lake, but it was only blowing probably 4-7mph. Had a decent ride, took some work to build apparent, but even the slightest down-wind course brought the kite out of the sky. The kite seems very prone to wing tip tuck, and it kept collapsing on me as I'd try and turn it through the window. It's an older kite, not sure if the bridles are out of wack or if it's me or the lack of wind. It definitely held shape better when I'd hit a "gust" and start moving faster.

I can tell this is going to be a fun kite in more wind though. It really wants to move fast, and it has a huge power difference through the bar throw.







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[*] posted on 1-5-2017 at 01:43 PM


Chance of a dusting tonight. Hopefully it will stay cold enough stick around till Sunday. I just measured out 4 riding spots totaling close to 1000 acres of potential riding if the snow will snow up. Bring on the snow!!!



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[*] posted on 1-5-2017 at 03:48 PM


Had a freaking awesome session this evening after work. ~47 minutes of riding time, 7.97mi covered. New personal best max speed of 34.8mph, and even did my first jumps! No crashes, some decent hang time, holy #@%$#! I'm hooked (even more?) Was also my first ride on my new skis :thumbup:

The wind was around 10mph fairly steady, dropping a bit as the sun went down. I used the Summit 12m (also for the first time lol). The kite is awesome, it was really cool to feel the power difference with bar throw, much greater range than I've experienced before. Also playing with the depower trim actually made a noticeable difference in the power. Not sure if that's because I actually had enough wind to power the kite up properly, ozone makes awesome kites, it's a new kite, or a combination of all 3. Anyway, the thing is way more tuned and precise feeling than the montanas.

My one question is about going up wind. I usually don't have any issue making gains up wind, but I was struggling a little tonight. When I was making good windward progress, I was going pretty slow and the kite wasn't pulling hard. If I pulled in the bar and moved the kite back in the window slightly, it would gain a lot of power but I'd go sideways instead of forward. I don't have a lot of flying time, but I haven't noticed this as much on the montanas, the access, or the apex. Probably user error, but any hints or thoughts would be appreciated!




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[*] posted on 1-8-2017 at 08:23 PM


Still having trouble going upwind with the Summit.

I've attached a couple of my gps tracks from last week and today. Today's conditions were almost the same as last week, winds around 10mph but I was making slightly better upwind gains today. I was flying the kite higher in the window and that seemed to allow me to point a little better. It still doesn't feel great, but I don't have tracks from my other kites to compare to right now.

My max speed today was a little lower at 33.5mph, but I launched my self significantly higher on a few jumps. Still getting the timing down, I've found myself getting caught not turning the kite out of apex fast enough once I hit the jump, and that's twisting me and landing me sideways. Had a few good wipeout landings from 6-8ft in the air, and got drug about 20ft after one landing before I regained control of the kite. Naturally my gopro battery died as soon as I launched the kite, so no video of the mess :lol:

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[*] posted on 1-9-2017 at 12:01 PM


I have found that flexing my knees and hips and getting low over the skis and really crank both edges helps the up wind edge grip..



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[*] posted on 2-8-2017 at 09:51 AM


First major snow forecast is supposed to arrive overnight!!! I hope we get 5+ inches. Probably going to take off work Thursday.




Not sure how I feel about flying my 7.5M Apex in 30mph gusts. I guess there's only one way to find out.




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