The Future of Snowkiting
Winter is coming! And that means one thing, snow kiting season is getting closer and closer! If you haven’t tired it yet, then you are missing out, nothing quite beats the feeling of blasting across virgin powder powered by a kite! The Bighorn Snowkite Summit kicks off for a week on the 2nd of December and promises to teach you lots about the sport, if you fancy giving snowkiting a go, or just meeting other like minded riders, then get yourself down there!
The Bighorn Mountain Range is located Northern Wyoming. The upper portions of the range ease back in steepness to form what is arguably the best snow kite terrain in the United States. In particular, Mt. Baldy possesses a combination of nearly treeless rolling mountain meadows, advanced steeps, and a ten thousand foot altitude that holds snow and catches wind. The usually ample early season snowpack and diversity of this amazing area makes it the ideal staging grounds for the first ever, Bighorn Snowkite Summit.
The goal of the Summit is to brings together snow kite enthusiasts of all ability levels early in the winter season for an epic snow kiting adventure on amazing terrain, gather industry professionals, and committed snow kiters of any level to participate in a series of roundtable discussions about the current and future state of our sport. This discussion series is designed to scrutinise the growing pains of our sport as we face the need for some type of standard in a number of areas. Locally, we will provide an opportunity for first time snow kiters, local snow enthusiasts and anyone who is interested to improve their skills through a series of demos and clinics.
The Wyoming High Country Lodge is set just behind Mount Baldy and is an ideal location to base the Summit. They’ve offered their rustic cabins and a large central lodge. The Wyoming High Country Lodge has agreed to support us with some snowmobiles and a belt track snowcat too. The Jackson Hole Kiters and a number of others are also willing to help with some snowmobile support to get kiters out to the lodge and to the primary kiting areas. The Summit itself is free.
When conditions permit, we will be on Mount Baldy snowkiting the entire time except for a couple discovery missions. There is enough room for everyone here to kite. The Lodging is limited. The discussions will be at night after dinner and the clinics will be during the day. Take this opportunity to wax your skis or board, and brush away the off season blues to enjoy great company and snowkiting in the Bighorn Mountains.
Western Motel, 307-548-2781 – 25% off both daily & weekly rates
Horseshoe Bend Motel, 307-548-2221 – $68/single or $78/double nightly rate
Econo Inn, 307-548-2725 – $45/single, $55/double nightly rate. Must ask for Anita or Jesse
ALL ATTENDEES MUST REFERENCE THE BIGHORN SNOWKITE SUMMIT TO GET THE QUOTED RATES.
The event website is jhmountainkite.com/big-horn-event/
For Condition updates and RSVP go to Jackson Hole Kiters on Facebook and jhmountainkite.com