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nate76
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Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Postby nate76 » Wed Dec 28, 2022 7:55 pm

I've got a buddy whose two most used snowkites are the 8m Peak4 and 9m Shaman; he considers there to be a pretty large power difference between the two. The 8m is a nice size for medium-ish winds and 9m Shaman tends to be his go-to mountain kite for lighter winds esp mountain ascents. He also has a 5m Peak 4 that doesn't get as much use as the other two as snow and riding conditions tend to be less enjoyable by the time you get to using those smaller sizes.

FWIW, the 8 and 10 Gin Marabou are going to make phenomenal snowkites - a little better upwind and speed performance than a traditional single-skin, but still a lot of the same ease-of-use and stability characteristics. Not quite as light as full-blown singleskin, but still pretty light. I'm nursing a busted-up elbow but hoping to get them into the mountains as soon as i can.

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Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Postby matthepp » Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:37 am

Light but steady southwest winds, great powder, and a couple new faces (including my beautiful wife!) on the snow today at at Lizard Head
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mmclimbhigh
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Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Postby mmclimbhigh » Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:35 pm

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Finally a N. Wind for LH!! Glad you caught it and you are healed up. Conditions were PRIMO at Dillon on Saturday. North wind finally showed up there as well. Several hours of full blasting conditions! Looks like LH might shape on Wednesday this week as well.
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Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Postby matthepp » Wed Jan 25, 2023 6:03 am

Oh man, a lot of the lower elevations that don't always have good coverage are loading up. It's fun to get out to spots that don't usually work. Today I had work out west so I decided to sneak in a sunset session at one of our summer liquid kite spots. HUGE area covered with a foot of untracked pow. Get it while you can. Just me and a couple of coyotes out there.
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Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Postby PDCK » Wed Jan 25, 2023 3:56 pm

My back yard! :D


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