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Terribly conditions for kiting, but * I * thought, it was a lot of fun for my first time in snow. Got in 3 good little sessions. Snow def burns out you faster than water. The place is probably not big enough for the number of kiters that showed up tho. We alone were a group of 5.
What "helped" was that there was barely any wind. It varied between -5 - 20mph in that little valley. Just a few of us were able to get going, but just going. Still every kite there spent more time on the ground than in the air. Even trainer kites couldn't stay up. Gusts would last some 20sec and then you're back on your ass swinging the kite so it stays up. If your kite was big enough you had a better chance to link the next gust, or use the gust to relaunch jalapeno-hot and get you to your next checkpoint.
It was also very warm so the snow got pretty slushy, specially towards the afternoon ie. slow and took much more effort to get going.
The organizers are hella helpful and fun to be around, so that's awesome. Almost the whole group went to a trampoline place after that killed it. I'd go back 100% with better conditions.
I went Saturday, and it was pretty miserable. Useless wind. Snowkiting in Tahoe for me is now 0 for 3, after two similar skunk sessions in Mt Rose (another "good" Tahoe spot). If that's what Sugarbowl is calling "good conditions" for snowkiting, I won't be back.
Welcome to Sierra wind....
Benicia Kite and Paddle Sports
238 1st Street
Benicia, CA 94510
Wainman - Cabrinha - Shinn - Underwave - Hyperflex
I tried to say PAYING the fee to kite this place was going to suck! I got ripped for saying so (not that i give a fuck) but this was my point... Mt. Rose Meadows and Hope Valley are better venues for "wind" if you are in tahoe and want to give it a shot.
Go to Idaho if you want to experience what snowkiting reall is...
It makes me feel like this when I spend more time with the kite on the ground than in the air
2010 UG FLX
2012 Firewire Flexfire Strapless
Fellow Kiters ,
First off let it be known that I'm new to the Snowkite scene , and granted , the wind was far from epic .I believe most of us that showed up made the best of it and had a blast. Our sport revolves around patience and timing to score the perfect set up - snowkiting is no different .
Next time contact http://www.sierrasnowkite.com for information/forecast before heading up - Tyler Brown and his crew of instructors are above and beyond top notch !
Think of this set up as a stepping stone into the world of snowkiting - providing easy access + instruction , all within a safe environment.
Keep in mind this is the first dedicated snowkite zone in California that has the support of a well respected ski resort ,within an easy three hour drive from the Bay Area .
Speaking of Idaho - Feb 23,24 is the PBR - Prairie Blowout Rally Snowkite Weekend -Fairfield , Idaho put on by Thermal Foundation Snowkite Adventures.....check it !
Cheers for now ,
My philosophy on Sierra snowkiting is to go snowboarding and throw your kite in the car. If it gets windy, THEN go kiting. You can't really plan on going snowkiting.
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