I've seen a few photos online showing a kiter pulling a second person on skis behind them. I will be road tripping with the wife in Alberta, BC and possibly Montana for a few weeks coming up and if I see a snowkiting opportunity, I want to take it. Problem is that she needs a lot of practice flying to go independent.
What are people's thoughts on the relative safety of hauling a skier behind a kiter (on snowboard)? I figure unless the winds are nuking, I should be able to tie off a waterski rope to the back of my harness and she could let go anytime...
I like to teach people to kite that way. Keep the leash long enough to keep your skis from tripping over each other but short enough to be able to talk. After you tow her for awhile then she can tow you and soon she will be off on her own. Have fun!
Having a harness with a spreader bar makes life so much better. Without the bar your guts will get squozen (sp?) during take off and turns. I don't trust PVC. I've used water ski ropes and climbing rope rigged with a wooden dowel handle.
I've got a mystic warrior 3 with spreader bar, and it also has bomber steel loops at the back (sides) for attaching things. I will be checking into the watersport shops to see if I can get a deal on a waterski handle, given that it's getting to be the dead of winter...
And incidentally, the girl is excited to get dragged around too.
Steve does this with his kids all the time locally here. From what I have seen it is a lot of work on both sides. The kiter has to keep on a pretty straight line, working the kite harder, while the skier doesn't have any control over the direction and pull of the rope.
I wouldn't plan a day around it. An hour or two should be enough.
I've pulled my kids around for years both in sleds and on skis and they have a blast. Last year I drug both of them with two ropes a mile or so across the flats at Camas in Idaho and then took turns pulling them a few hundred feet up a hill where they skied freshies while I glided by. Fun for the whole family! I just loop a figure 8 in the end of the rope, stick their poles through, and they hang on like a waterski rope. Then they've got their poles to ski with. The weight's not an issue if you're nicely powered. Pulling grownups is easy too. My wife drug me a couple miles up and over a hill last year after i broke down. We just hooked our two leashes together and I hung on.
I've done this while on skis both pulling another adult skier, and family on a snowtube. I used a ~20 feet long ski tow line and bar so the other person could let go at any time. On skis this will be easier than you think. Really not that much drag with skis going in the same direction. We even got so we could do a nicely powered 180 turn, giving time to the back person to complete the whip of course. But I tried it once with me on snowboard and it was much harder and I kept being pulled up and down into a back seat position. I say do it on skiis together and it will be much more of a better shared experience.