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Ski4beer
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Snow Kiting
« on: 08/24/16, 09:47 AM »

Does anyone have any experience with snowkiting? I'm trying to combine my summer and winter sports. I'm looking for places to try it within driving distance of Seattle.

Thoughts?
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #1 on: 08/24/16, 10:52 AM »

It is hard to find flatish areas with consistent wind, but I hear that Keechelus Lake, near Hyak is a good spot. I have also seen some interesting snowkiting TRs from Idaho and Saint Helens.

I would search the forums of TGR and pskite.org for snowkiting TRs...
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #2 on: 08/24/16, 11:22 AM »

ICYM   
http://www.turns-all-year.com/skiing_snowboarding/trip_reports/index.php?topic=33042.0
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #3 on: 01/08/17, 07:13 AM »

When I lived in Bozeman I did some snow kiting in the big horns,crazies, and around bozeman. Super fun. Not a lot of good options in Washington. It is illegal in wilderness areas and national parks. Hard to find a place above treeline that is accessible and legal.

I've heard the fields near Waterville in eastern Washington are doable.
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coldseagull
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #4 on: 01/08/17, 07:33 AM »

Oh that's funny. Just clicked the link in the previous post. It's to an old thread I started. Ha. Still haven't snowkited in Washington.
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peteyboy
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #5 on: 01/09/17, 12:17 AM »

Coquihalla?
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haggis
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #6 on: 01/09/17, 08:51 AM »

Mt Baker Rec area?
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coldseagull
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #7 on: 01/09/17, 09:15 AM »

Mt Baker Rec area?

I haven't been there but it seems like it would be the right direction for a lot of the SW or SSW storms we get in the winter. Do you know how long the approach is to get above treeline?
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flowing alpy
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #8 on: 01/09/17, 10:01 AM »

N. Idaho
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gravitymk
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #9 on: 01/10/17, 06:22 PM »

Try NW above Wenatchee?

I hear that Keechelus Lake, near Hyak is a good spot.

Wind is not consistent at the North end of the lake.
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #10 on: 01/11/17, 06:30 AM »

Everyone I know that skowkites does it on the Waterville plateau. Consistent winds, smooth terrain and fairly consistent snow.
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« Reply #11 on: 01/11/17, 05:10 PM »

Here is some real kite skiing at Alpental.   Not the type that they do these days, but kite skiing was invented by Jeff Jobe who took his first flight at Alpental in 1969. 

http://www.mammothtimes.com/content/warren-miller-jeff-jobe%E2%80%94-first-person-fly-skis


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pabloson
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #12 on: 01/18/17, 01:00 PM »

Best I have seen is the Soldier Mountain area near Fairfield Idaho.  A bit of a drive, but WOW.  I've been around kiting a long time here in the gorge, but was never interested until I saw kiting in Fairfield.
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water
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #13 on: 01/18/17, 04:41 PM »

plains of abraham mt st helens.

illegal to kiteski in wilderness? hmm... see people doing it on hood more than once.
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« Reply #14 on: 01/18/17, 09:34 PM »

Here is some real kite skiing at Alpental.   Not the type that they do these days, but kite skiing was invented by Jeff Jobe who took his first flight at Alpental in 1969. 

http://www.mammothtimes.com/content/warren-miller-jeff-jobe%E2%80%94-first-person-fly-skis

I remember watching Jeff Jobe fly off the cliffs at Alpental back in the 1970s. I thought that the accident with the go cart took place at Alpental as well, but maybe I heard the rumor wrong.
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coldseagull
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Re: Snow Kiting
« Reply #15 on: 01/19/17, 12:24 PM »

plains of abraham mt st helens.

illegal to kiteski in wilderness? hmm... see people doing it on hood more than once.

It's sort of a gray area, if you respectfully use it I bet it wouldn't be an issue.
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