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Snowkiting - Wind and Ice Unite

Imagine being able to snowboard or ski without the mountain or the chairlifts. It's possible when you're snowkiting, holding onto a kite and using the power of the wind to propel you. It is the snowy version of windsurfing.

The wind pulls you along at amazing speeds and you can get lifted and jump and spin in the air like you're flying. You can lean your weight and adjust the position of the kite to help direct where you're going. It's an incredibly fast and weightless feeling like no other.

Look for free snowkiting demos at a frozen lake near you, where you can get a 3 hour lesson for about $85. All you need to start is what you already own if you ski or snowboard, and they'll provide everything else you'll need from the knees up.

Fit's Tips: You may want to check out the Stormboarding Kitestorm happening on Feb 24-5 on Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT.

You can also take a snowkiting lesson through the Boulder Outdoor Center on Lake Dillion in Frisco, Colorado. A beginner lesson costs $249, but it's 4-5 hours long and if you love it, 15% of that price can be applied to purchasing your own snowkite.

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scratch5 scratch5 9 years
That looks super fun to me. I see the danger part too.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
The place where I went, they marked off a section of the lake just for snowkiting - but I see your point vigilante.
vigilante vigilante 9 years
K, it looks cool but do you know what's going to happen? Some snowmobiler (like myself) will come tearing across that open stretch and get caught on those near-invisible wires. The only way I could see that being done is on a ski hill, or a piece of private land...
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