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All you need to know

 

Similar to some other sports, snowkite is the result of two sports merging together. In the beginning, there was skiing on one hand and kitesurfing (itself a mix of waterboarding and paragliding) on the other. In the search for new adrenaline fixes and new sensations, a few passionate boarders and skiers realised there was no reason not to use their kites on snow to get away from overcrowded slopes. Snowkiting was born! The young sport, like many other newcomers before it, evolved with its own equipment and own school of rules and regulations. Snowkite Sensation is not just proud to share its passion, but more to the point, unite all European snowkite schools to ultimately make this sport as popular as kitesurfing.

The concept of snowkiting is quite simple and you don’t need to be an expert skier or snowboarder to enjoy the many sensations provided by the speed and the jumps this activity allows. A couple of lessons are usually enough for anybody to get the hang of the equipment.

Though physical at first, it is not as extreme as kitesurfing, and more generally, it takes a lot less wind to move you across the snow than if you were kitesurfing on water.

Snowkiting is enjoyable on any type of snow: powder, sludge snow, ice (frozen lakes). This makes it a very flexible sport that can be practiced in many different locations as long as they are windy enough.

Rest assured, snowkite beginners who already know how to kite and ski/snowboard will be able to manage on their first session!

Frequently asked questions

What is snowkite?

Snowkiting is an evolution of kitesurfing onto snow using skis or snowboarding instead of twintip or surfboards.

Snowkiting is incredibly easy to master and most people manage enough of the basics after only a couple of lessons.

This sport offers a much more thrilling experience than the traditional water sport. Say goodbye to many overcrowded water spots and say hello to the beauty and immensity of the mountains where you will have all the space in the world (your only companions will be wild animals such as reindeers, elks, etc.).

You’ll be able to slide a lot more easily on the snow than on water, you need less wind and generally less effort to achieve the same sensations.

You can snowkite using either skis or a snowboard, so whichever you are most comfortable with, you decide. However, skis are preferable for long trecks

Jumps are also possible and are great fun too!

How to snowkite?

Learning how to keep your kite in the air while moving on your skis/snowboard is the first step. Once you master the basic techniques, the learning process is quite fast and accessible to everyone, expert skier or not. Jumps are really easy to master too and you will be able to use the natural landscapes as makeshift ramps, but they are absolutely not necessary if you don’t feel like it!

If you have never tried snowkiting before, we recommend you take a lesson or two at our base camp in Serre Chevalier, in the Southern French Alps. After a couple of lessons your instructors will deem you fit for our weeklong European adventures. Those trips will be the experience of a lifetime, a guaranteed Snowkite Sensation!

Is snowkiting dangerous?

Snowkiting is no more dangerous than kitesurfing. Most of the time you will have no one around you so no risk of tangling your lines with someone else’s. There are obstacles (like there could be on water) such as rocks or trees but if you know how to master your kite there is no reason why you cannot stay away from them. Remember the play zone is huge. Unlike on sea the land is hard, so if you are not an expert jumper better abstain!?

In terms of security snowkiting spots are rarely exposed to avalanches, and if they are it is very easy to avoid the potentially dangerous areas. You will be equipped with radios to share experiences or in case someone gets lost.

The weather can also have its downside like strong gusty winds or fog. Rest assured that you instructors will make sure no one goes out in unsafe weather conditions.

Skis or snowboard, which is best ?

This is absolutely question of taste. Both are ok. We suggest that you take what you feel comfortable with. You do not need to learn snowboarding if you prefer skis. Also, it is naturally easier to kite with skis rather than snowboard.

What size kites do I need?

Usually the same sizes than on water. However our own experience is that you often need the small ones like 6 to 8m2 in the mountains as winds are usually stronger.

Can one kite uphill?

Of course you can! And with relative ease. Your instructors will teach you how to do kite loops to climb even faster.

If i'm a good kitesurfer and skier, will I need many lessons?

The answer is no. If you already master your kite on the sea and you’re a good skier then the conversion can be done is one single session!

How do I make a booking?

Simply get in touch with us at contact@snowkitesensation.com