I just got back from a quick trip to Utah that took Mike and I snowkiting for 2 and a half days at Skyline, Utah and then off to Outdoor Retailer to see all the new outdoor gear for next winter. We met up with Brian and Heather from Ozone Kites USA down in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, borrowed some Ozone Manta and Ozone Frenzy kites and headed up the hill for some fantastic conditions. For those that have never been to Skyline before, just imagine a road at 9,500 ft that is 30 or so miles long and is plowed all winter long and is above tree line! All the days we were there, it was pretty stormy and cloudy, but it seemed to clear up long enough for us to get 3 amazingly killer sessions in. The video below, taken with the Vholdr ContourHD 1080p was filmed at about 5:00 pm with the Vholdr goggle mount and just look at the clarity and light in the footage. I was really impressed as to how the Vholdr picked up the snow and the kite in the super flat light. Check out the Vholdr video:
None of my blog posts would be complete without some sort of outdoor gear review included, so here is that part. I certainly had a hard time deciding which skis to bring on this trip, as I knew there would be powder awaiting us in Utah. So, instead of going with the trusty powder boards that I am used to (Black Diamond Megawatts), I took the Black Diamond Zealots in order to be a bit more versatile in case I needed that option. I really like this years Zealots as they are fat enough to rock the powder and crud and with the slight rocker in the tip, they just rule it in such a huge variety of conditions. For snowkites, I was flying the new Ozone Manta III 12m, which is by far my favorite kite due to its awesome combination of power, turning ability, and pop…….and wow does that kite just want to pop! Mike was using the Ozone Frenzy 11m and it was the perfect kite for him as it did not overpower him and his more intermediate/advanced skills. As for our snowkiting harnesses, there really is none other than the Ozone Harness with the D-ring. It is so low profile, light weight, not bulky and super comfortable. I had about 50 pics to post as well, but I moronically deleted them with a simple click of the mouse, so oh well, that’s what we get for working with too much technology these days!
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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!
Looking west towards Northstar from the Parking Area