Anthonyshopguy wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:06 pm
Hey Mateo v what do you like to fly at Skyline with say 12mph winds? So I really want to get a couple of days in over there this winter. Is there a best month for wind conditions?
Sorry, but my experience is limited to December through the beginning of March. And pretty much any of those months are equal so long as there is snow (and there is snow in April and May too).
To sum up a very long PM that I will try to send you, Skyline (and other spots in Utah) are just as weather dependent as anywhere. The main thing to keep in mind in Utah is to have a 17m (15-18m foil kite) as your go to kite. The best thing about Skyline is how you get skunked
. If you show up with a 12m as your biggest kite, yes you will get skunked the bad way - while watching everybody else blasting around on bigger kites. But with a 17m, 12m (almost never use), and an 8m (for use as an additional cover for your sleeping bag when car camping in the parking lot), you won't get skunked - so long as you are willing to head to Strawberry Res (2hours away with parking lot car camping too).
Skunked at Skyline is pretty much always due to lack of visibility (very predictable - when it is supposed to snow). You can head down to "electric lakes" -7 miles away, which is not on a lake but rather referencing a sign pointing to that reservoir. Just park along that road for some steep angle, or kiting in a meadow. The meadow parking is iffy as you have to be completely off the road which has a pretty narrow shoulder.
But the place to go when it is snowing is "Strawberry Reservoir" This is a chain of spots with different names and parking just like at Skyline. The first spot is Strawberry River, which is the "most consistent" with the earliest and most reliable winds. Other spots further along the road (going east) are great too, but you have to have the wind make it there. Stay east (at Strawberry River) unless the forecast looks really good for the wind. If you make it to the furthest east spot, the View, you will be kiting on the lake shore with your choice of flats on the ice or rolling hills on the shore. Just be careful as the wind can die there without warning. So don't go out 7 miles with out a way to make it back in reasonable time.
So if you are tied down to a specific time frame, just keep mobile out here. Honestly, after snowkiting Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah, - only Utah is a sure bet if you can be mobile between Skyline and Strawberry. In the past few years, I have only lost days to snowstorms that were too severe for me to consider going to Strawberry, and 2 days when I could get a foil kite up in super light winds at Skyline, but not seal the deal with some upwind progress. And I think I am somewhere north of 150 sessions in Utah. Given that I am not a "local" here in Utah, and I do prefer to kite back in the Midwest if there is snow, that is pretty good. Or rather, you won't catch me in Wyoming, Montana, or Idaho anymore.......well maybe Idaho...if the wind ever blows there.