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Let’s Go Fly a Snow Kite

18 Nov 2015, 12:19 pm

kyle snow kitting

After a winter storm blows through Colorado, most head to the slopes for skiing and snowboarding. But Kyle Bauer finds a flat piece of land to go snow kiting.

“When everyone is running inside because of the wind we are running out,” Kyle said.

Similar to water based kite-boarding, the winter sport uses large kites to glide on the snow, with wind as the engine.

“The perfect weather conditions is wind at 15 mph and gusts up to 20,” Kyle said.

To make sure he catches the right wind at the right time, Kyle has to understand the forecast. Like a meteorologist, he uses multiple sources to analyze the weather.

“Everything I can get my hands on to come up with my own model,” Kyle explains.

The forecast can make all the difference between a bad day or a great day for snow-kiting.

“You’re floats can be a little bit longer you can get a 5 to 10 second lift when the conditions are right,” Kyle added.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Monica Cryan

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