In this guide you will find some information about the seven best snowkite destinations for your holidays and recommendations for the best snowkite spots.
Snowkiting is simply amazing. Enjoying stunning views and spectacular landscapes while riding through deep, untouched powder. For people that are independent on the water it only takes a couple of hours to learn how to snowkite so you don’t need to spend your whole holiday learning. You will enjoy from the first day on. In this guide you will read a bit about what snowkiting is, how a snowkite holiday works, what to expect and where you can go for good snowkite conditions.
What is snowkiting?
Snowkiting is a fusion of snowboarding or skiing and kiting. So basically, you get pulled over the snow by a kite. This allows you to go up a hill or ride on a flat area covered with snow. You don’t need to go downwards all the time. This is why huge flat landscapes with some hills are perfect. Furthermore, you don’t need as much wind as a kitesurfer. There is less power needed to pull you over the snow because you can’t sink like you can on water.
How it works
In general, there is not much difference between a kitesurf holiday and a snowkite holiday. You choose a destination and as you may have guessed, knowing the snow conditions is just as important as the wind conditions. A wide, flat and snowy area combined with a constant easy breeze is perfect. Too much wind might be harmful as it would be freezing out there and also the view would not be really good. If you have never tried snowkiting it will take you only a few hours to learn for an intermediate or advanced kitesurfer. For complete beginners with no kitesurfing or landkiting experience it may take you around 8h to learn.
There are several great places in this world to go on a snowkite holiday. Most places are hard to access and mainly don’t have a great infrastructure so if you are willing to travel a bit longer you will expand your possibilities.
Northern Europe has several great places to snowkite. Norway is definitely one of them. With a wide open and untouched landscape and pretty reliable wind and snow during the winter months this is a perfect country to choose for a snowkite holiday. The Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau is a name you should remember when go to Norway. Here you will find a great snowkite camp in Norway.
During the long winter months, Finland’s lakes and rivers are frozen and covered with snow. You find a lot of wide and open terrain perfect for Snowkiting. Lathi is one of the most known places for Snowkiting in Finland. Lapland is also quite famous and also offers some mountainous terrain.
The same offers Sweden. Frozen lakes and reliable snow and wind gives you the possibility to snowkite around urban areas like Stockholm but there are also dreamy places far off the beaten track like Storulvån, Storlien or Skäckerfjällen which will guarantee you an amazing adventure in the outback.
Russia for sure has lots of undiscovered places for snowkiting. Mogoochi‘s Snowkite Park is one of the most famous destinations in Russia and is only a few miles away from Finland. It is a huge flat frozen lake with a lot of powder snow and endless space. The Park was opened back in 2011 and offers also different obstacles for advanced riders.
Iceland is one of the most impressive countries to go snowkiting. It’s majestic glaciers and the Northern Lights are only two of the most impressive attractions. The wide areas with mountains and fresh powder makes it a super interesting place. The Langjökull Glacier is one of the most famous spots where most operators end their tours from Reykjavik. Langjokull is also an amazing destination.
Pemberton Icecap is one of the best locations in Canada if you want to combine your snowkiting with some conventional downhill skiing. Whistler Green Lake is an easy access snowkite destination and the Whistler/Squamish backcountry can also offer some epic snow conditions. Canmore, Banff and Spray Lakes scattered throughout Alberta offer some of Canada’s best snow kiting conditions as well as open, snow covered fields in Montreal and Ontario.
Switzerland has a lot to offer. Lake Silvaplana, Valais, Grimsel Pass and Simplon Pass are a few well known destinations within a few hours from major cities. Switzerland might be one of the countries with the best possible excess to snowkiting.