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Why Not Make Snowkiting Part of Your Outdoor Adventures in 2015?

Posted by Nathan Miller on Feb 3, 2015 11:00:00 AM

    

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There are many outdoor adventures to enjoy during the colder months of the year and snow-kiting is one of them. In case you’ve never heard about the sport before, it’s like skiing and snowboarding with wings. In order to participate in snow-kiting, you’ll need quite a bit of equipment, starting with some quality Pugs winter outerwear, affordable sunglasses and a pair of skis or a snowboard. It is also necessary to have a snow kite, ice claws, a waist harness or special seat, protective pads and a high quality helmet.

The way it works isn’t difficult but it is dangerous. The principles of the sport are similar to windsurfing. Basically, you hold on to a large kite and get pulled across the snow or ice by strong winds. If the winds are very strong, you will likely reach high speeds and potentially go airborne. That’s why specialty seats, waist harnesses, helmets and crash pads are part of the equation. After all, you’ll eventually have to come back down to the ground and not all landings are going to leave you sitting pretty. The ice claws, on the other hand, are important to have if you are boarding on ice or sleet covered hard pack. They’ll help give you traction when nothing else will.

There are a lot of places in the world where snow-kiting is an acceptable form of outdoor adventure. However, five of the most popular states to visit are Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Alaska and Utah. Why? They are home to high elevations and snow-kiting schools, where you can safely get a handle on the sports’ basics before venturing off into the backwoods, downhill ski areas or frozen lakes on your own. Plus, it is not unusual for parts of the states to host special events devoted to snow kiting. The list of annual events includes, but isn’t confined to SnowKite Jam Alaska (AK), the Tug Hill Snowkite Rally (NY) and the Midwest Snowkite Jam (MI).

 

If you decide to make snow-kiting a part of your outdoor adventures this winter, please stop by our online store at your convenience. We offer all types of winter apparel to help you stay warm and fashionable all winter long. We’d love to help you suit up and hear about your snow-kiting plans, so please feel free to contact us at any time.

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Topics: Winter Sports