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Snowkiting at Skyline, Utah

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Snowkiting till Dusk

WHO: Dave and Pam – Tahoe Mountain Sports Owners

WHAT: Snowkiting

WHERE: off Skyline Drive, Mt. Pleasant, Utah

WHEN: Late January 2011

GEAR: Ozone Frenzy 11m and 13m Kites, Ozone Base Harness and ContourGPS Helmet Camera

Last week, the Tahoe Mountain Sports adventurous team travelled to Utah for a week of skiing, working and then, of course, snowkiting. We started out at Alta with the Mountain Hardwear crew to test out their new DryQ fabric (more on this in a future blog post), then down to Salt Lake City for Outdoor Retailer and finally to a tiny town 2 hours south of Salt Lake called Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Here is where most would likely say, “You’re going where?” or “Are you crazy? There is nothing down there!” But, little known to the outside world, this is pretty much the Mecca for high-alpine snowkiting… seriously one of the most addicting and exciting sports that exists. Mt. Pleasant also happens to be home base for Ozone Kites‘ USA headquarters and they even have a bar attached to the warehouse (the only bar in the entire county no less).

Skyline is a truly unique place. It’s basically a paved and plowed road, at 10,000 ft. above sea level that runs for about 15 miles. They have a plowed out, huge parking area that is shared by kiters and snowmobilers alike, and they even have an avalanche beacon basin where you can hone your avy search skills.

Heather walking up from the parking area to the launch zone

Heather walking up from the parking area to the launch zone

You can see in the pic that there is a super flat launching area right next to the parking lot and then miles and miles of hills, terrain features and untouched powder (or semi-powder/hardpack when we were there). The best part of Skyline is the huge hill right next to the launching zone and it is just super fun to kite uphill, tack back and forth at the top of for a little while and then pretty much soar down to your hearts and kites content. Day 1 had us kiting in very gusty, storm conditions, and I was on the Frenzy 9m. But, when we woke up on Sunday to bright sunny skies, I was worried the wind was not going to show up. So, we headed up the hill, waited for about 20 minutes through no winds and then BAM, in classic Skyline fashion, we got some light puffs and all of a sudden it was on with 10-15 knot winds making for a perfect light wind, end of vacation session.

I got a killer video of Brian (co-owner of Ozone USA/Windzup) ripping it up in front of me and then we both got a little hang time right at the end of the vid, though I didn’t quite land it! Here it is:

Pam getting ready to rip it up

Pam getting ready to rip it up

Brian riding along

Brian riding along

Snowkiting Skyline

Snowkiting Skyline

Dave Laying it out during the storm conditions of Day 1

Dave Laying it out during the storm conditions of Day 1

Heading down the hill

Heading down the hill

Lake Tahoe Snowkite Series – Prosser Resevoir

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
The final leg of the Lake Tahoe Snowkite Series took us to Prosser Resevoir on March 14 and 15 for some 5-25 mph west/southwest winds and lots of good times had by all. In general, the Lake Tahoe Snowkite Series has always been focused on getting people interested in the sport of snowkiting and giving them an affordable opportunity to enter the sport. This leg of the series was no different with about 15-20 people taking introductory lessons and starting to learn the ropes with about another 15-20 people who showed up to ride on this great terrain. It was our first time holding an event out at Prosser and it proved to be a success. With the frozen resevoir to kite on as well as the banks of the resevoir open to any type of terrain moves you could think of. Thanks once again to all our sponsors, but a really big thanks to Brian of Windzup who was there in person to represent Ozone kites and get everybody stoked on what snowkiting is all about. Here are some pics from the weekend and we look forward to seeing everybody out there again next year!
More of Chris
More of Chris
Chris catching some air

Chris catching some air

TMS tent with everybody enjoying the day

TMS tent with everybody enjoying the day

Trainer kite lessons drew the biggest crowds!

Trainer kite lessons drew the biggest crowds!

Brian from Ozone ripping it up on Sunday

Brian from Ozone ripping it up on Sunday

Brian from Ozone ripping it up on Sunday

Brian from Ozone ripping it up on Sunday

Brian with Frenzy 9m on Prosser

Brian with Frenzy 9m on Prosser

More trainer kite lessons

More trainer kite lessons

Chris just riding along

Chris just riding along

More of Chris just riding around

More of Chris just riding around

Me laying it out for the camera

Me laying it out for the camera

Another one of me

Another one of me

Up close and personal with a trainer kite

Up close and personal with a trainer kite

Prosser Resevoir with kites in the air

Prosser Resevoir with kites in the air

Lake Tahoe Beach Snowkiting

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

For years I have been dreaming of snowkiting on the beach right outside the store but the conditions never seem to line up right because you need the perfect combination of snow to stick to the beach and the wind to not blow the snow off the beach. Well, I finally got my chance this past weekend (March 8, 2009), and Danielle of Danielle Hankinson Photography was there to catch me doing it. Flying my Ozone Frenzy 9m, and wearing my Ozone Harness I was able to rip it up on the shores of Lake Tahoe and get some sweet pics to prove it. Check em out!

Martis Snowkiting 3.1.09

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Went out to Martis about 9:30am this morning to get the goods before the rain rolled in. Pre-storm kiting is always the best up here. Used the Ozone Frenzy 9m to cruise it and kick it, the Megawatts to stay on top of the soft snow, and the Cloudveil RPK to keep me dry. Wind kind of died around noonish, so we packed it up. Lots of snow on the way, should be a killer week!

Lake Tahoe Snowkite Series – Part 3

Friday, February 13th, 2009

This leg of the LT Snowkite Series took us back to Grass Lake on Sat. Feb. 7th for awesome East/Southest winds between 5-25 all day long. Downwinders were the highlight of the day as everybody came out to learn, demo and have a good time. Did I forget to mention the foot of new snow that had fallen overnight? We thank Flysurfer for sending out the Outlaw 6, 10, and 14 they were awesome. As always, lots of Ozone kites on the scene as well. Check out the full set of pics on our Facebook page or the sample below.

Lake Tahoe Snowkite Series – Part 2

Monday, January 19th, 2009

This week we headed down to Grass Lake, which is about 15 minutes outside of South Lake Tahoe. We had light winds all day, but at least we had wind. The Ozone Manta 12m and the Frenzy 11m were easily the most used and most popular kites of the day. The lessons went great as you can see in the pics below and everybody had a blast. Thanks to all who came out and see you in Feb for the next one!

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Mark R. shows how to fly a trainer kite

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Check out those mittens!

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Chris gets the Manta going

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Ozone Frenzy 11m in flight!

Drift Snowkite Magazine Launch

Friday, November 14th, 2008

The first ever magazine completely focused on Snowkiting is now available for free! Yes, Free I said. They are making it available to everybody via a download, so you can pass it on to your friends and everybody can check it out. Aptly named, Drift Snowkite Magazine, is packed with 50+ pages of snowkiting info, sweet pics, and tons of location beta as well. Don’t forget to check out our complete selection of Ozone Snowkites in every size, style and color.  Here are a few small peeks at what is inside the real mag:

Drift Snowkite Magazine Cover
Drift Snowkite Magazine Cover
Drift Snowkite Magazine Gear Guide
Drift Snowkite Magazine Gear Guide
Drift Snowkite Magazine Feature Article
Drift Snowkite Magazine Feature Article
Drift Snowkite Magazine Ride Guide By State
 
Drift Snowkite Magazine Ride Guide By State

New Stuff that Just Arrived

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Hi All-

As this will be my first post on our new Tahoe Mountain Sports – Outdoor Gear Blog, I was going to update you on some of the newest and coolest products we just got in.

First, we just added the brand new Mammut Slackline Set which will allow you to set up your slacklines quickly and efficiently. Not to mention that they come with everything you will need, so you don’t have to worry about buying all new slings and webbing and making sure they are the right size.

The next batch of stuff I wanted to alert you too is the brand new 2009 Ozone snowkite range. There are 3 main kites in the range: the Access XC, the Frenzy FYX, and the Manta II. The Access has not changed much from last year except for the bar setup, but the Frenzy and Manta have gotten redesigns in both the bar and the kite. These kites are sweet, super stable in the air, and will give you everything you have always wanted for your snowkite quiver.

Lastly, we are happy to offer footwear for all seasons now. The Keen Targhee II and the Chaco Canyonlands with Event are great all terrain, all conditions, all around trail and everyday shoes that will keep your feet dry and comfortable all winter long.

That’s it for now, we will provide more updates regularly so check back often!

-Dave, TMS

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