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Snowkiting Lessons

Learn snowkiting near Toronto, Ontario on one of the frozen lakes or a large snow covered field. The main idea behind our snowkiting lessons is to teach you how to snowkite on skis or snowboard in the quickest and safest way possible.

If you’re the kind of person who snowboards or skis every snow season and loves the exhilarating rush it brings, then it’s time to try snowkiting!

Snowkiting does not require strong winds; you can kite as soon as it blows 8 knots (~15km/hour). With these wind speeds you can free ride and perform simple jumps and tricks. We aim to teach you how to snow kite in just 1-2 lessons, so it is actually easier and takes less time than learning how to kitesurf. Each lesson lasts approximately 2 hours, depending on wind conditions.

Snowkiting Lessons in Ontario

Equipment

During the snowkiting lesson we provide all equipment to get you riding, such as: kites, bar/lines, harness with safety leash, air pump and an ice screw. While we provide all of the snowkiting gear during the class, you are responsible to bring your own snowboard or skis. Also, you might be willing to get some protective equipment.

We recommend that you bring the following to the snowkiting lesson (click to open)

Locations

We teach snowkiting on any wide open grounds in Ontario. The most popular snowkiting spot is Cook’s Bay, which is the south side of Lake Simcoe. Also, there are a variety of snowkiting locations close to Toronto – it can be any small frozen lake, snow covered farm field or even small hills. Imagine, no more overcrowded ski resorts, purchasing lift tickets and long line-ups. If it’s windy, let’s go snowkiting and it will literally blow you away!

Learn Snowkiting in Just 2 Lessons!

During this first session we will guide you through the most important basics in snow kiting.

Here is the list of what you will learn in the first lesson:

  • Kite setup, wind theory and safety.
  • Snow kiting gear: kite, bar/lines, harness, air pump, ice screw, skis/snowboard and helmet. It is important to know your equipment and how to use it in the case of an emergency. We say “safety first”!
  • Practice flying a trainer kite (this is the safest way to understand the “wind window” theory).
  • Kite setup, connecting bar/line to a kite and harness, parking kite on snow/ice when not in use.
  • Bar control, de-powering the kite and emergency release.
  • First start, re-launching and landing the kite, walking and flying a kite in power window.
  • Putting your skis/snowboard on, while the kite is in the air.
  • Riding both directions.

In the first lesson you will have learned all the basics of snowkiting and now it’s time to polish your snow kiting skills and get you more comfortable with riding. Under the certified kite instructor’s supervision you will be asked to perform a kite setup, kite re-lunch and perform safety/emergency de-power on your own. You will snow kite side-by-side with an instructor. As you ride, the instructor will give you tips on how to stay upwind, turning back to the initial starting point and even how to do your first jump.

You may inquire about an additional lesson based on an instructor’s recommendation or if you do not yet feel comfortable snow kiting. Your safety always comes first!

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