What could be better than combining two sports I love, skiing and kitesurfing. One year ago I saw some u-tube footage of an impressive French guy kiting on snow. It turns out he is a 5 time world champion and has been at the forefront of snow kiting for some time now. I knew after seeing the clips that I really wanted to try it.
Well one year later and I was not disappointed! My first day snow kiting involved 6 hours of fresh tracks and was one of the best ever days on skis (see video bellow). I must say that not having to pay an expensive lift tickets is definitely appealing as is the freedom of going backcountry.
Big thanks to John from Border Patrol and the snow kiting crew from Christchurch for helping with local knowledge and advice on the nuances of kiting.
I have started a Google map with kite skiing locations which I will add to as time goes on.
The following Video is from my first day kiting.