We have an amazingly talented and dedicated staff of trainers who are ready to teach new students how to snowkite.
Come join us this winter and learn an amazingly fun sport.
FAQ: Is it easier or harder to learn to ride in the winter on snow compared to on the water?
EASIER….and here’s why:
1) We have a much greater choice of riding spots if the lakes freeze over well. We can literally walk out and spread out much easier in the winter than on water. If the lakes are solid and snow-covered, our choice of riding spots is much greater in the winter. The entire Midwest is peppered with small to big lakes and fields.
2) It’s so much easier to stay upwind on snow or decent ice. Hence… you can get back to where you started easier than on water.
3) If you have basic skiing or snowboarding skills, all you need to worry about is your kite skills. Those who learn in the winter have a big advantage once you get to the water… if in fact water riding is a goal or desire. Some just want to ride in the winter which is great.
4) Once you are riding, it’s also much easier for the trainers to follow you and ride at the same time. This way, you can see specifically what the trainers are doing and what to work on.
FAQ: What about gear? Do I need my own or do you rent gear?
As with all training, we have kites of all sizes and also some harnesses for rent.
Rental fee per session is $40/lesson for a kite. harnesses are included.
We do not have snowboards, skis or boots. Those are the responsibility of the students.
Please come prepared with the appropriate protection. Padding is highly recommended.
Helmets are required and provided by the students.
FAQ: How long are the lessons?
Typical lessons last 2 hours give or take a little. Riders and students all progress at different speeds.
FAQ: Is it possible to ride on our first lesson?
Yes. If you bring good skiing or snowboarding skills to the table, learning to fly a kite will take the majority of your time. Once you have the basics of kite flying down with good safety practices, we’ll get you moving and riding.
FAQ: Do I really need a helmet?
Yes. No helmet….No lesson.
FAQ: How should I dress?
You’re going to be working harder than you expect. So dress as if you were going to ski or snowboard, but be prepared to shed layers. In my opinion, lighter weight gloves work in all but the most extreme cold. You’ll have better feel for the bars.
FAQ: I don’t ski or snowboard at all. Can I learn both at the same time?
No… If you have a basic level of skiing or snowboarding, then we can work with you, but you’re learning curve will be longer than someone who is already proficient at riding on skis or snowboards. Trying to learn both kite flying skills and skiing or snowboarding skills at the same time is a recipe for frustration and potential disaster. So please learn to ski or snowboard first.
FAQ: Are skis or snowboards easier?
Simple. Whichever one you’re better at is the one you should do.
However… if you do both, skiing is a lot more convenient for getting around in the beginning.
FAQ: How fast can you go?
FAQ: No seriously, how fast?
On skis, our riders are getting well over 60mph, and guys have been clocked at over 70+ in perfect conditions.
That’s fast. When learning, we’ll keep you at much slower speeds.
We prefer a one to one trainer to student ratio. On occasion, we’ll train 2 or more at a time if conditions permit.
Group rates are available upon request.
Add $30/hr for each additional student with the same instructor. If groups are large and if we need to split into multiple groups, the first person comes in at the $60/hr rate and each additional is $30/hr.