Snowy mountains, slopes of varying steepness, frozen lakes and wind, with skis or snowboard on your feet and a kite in your hands.
These are the ingredients of snowkiting, an unusual, fairly new winter sport, inspired by kitesurfing – but in winter!
It is a recent niche sport, which is gaining ground all the time in Italy among sportspeople of every age. An alternative to traditional winter sports which has just become all the rage!
The requirements for starting to snowkite are few and quite simple.
- The ability to control skis or snowboard
- A love of snow and cold climates
- A desire to have fun
- A good dose of adrenalin-seeking and a spirit of adventure!
Although snowkiting is great fun and “easy”, there are a few little traps waiting to trip up beginners.
Total beginners, who do not have a good grasp of the fundamentals of skiing and snowboarding, could struggle to keep control of the kite while maintaining their balance. This is why, as for all sports, especially winter sports, when starting to snowkite and to enjoy a great experience, it is worth taking a few basic lessons with an expert to discover the basics of the sport and a few tips to set off on the right foot, or rather, with the right slide.
In Italy, snowkiting is available in a few ski resorts, not everywhere in the country, which are equipped with isolated, specially designated, areas and with schools and instructors, such as: Roccaraso (Abruzzo), Lake Resia (Trentino Alto Adige), Il Passo del Tonale (between Trentino and Lombardy) and in Valle d’Aosta.
If you fancy trying a new, captivating outdoor sport during these winter holidays, snowkiting is for you!