Between kites and balance
Kites for sport can belong to two different categories: inflatable kites or caisson kites. The first one is mainly used on water, although it can also be used on snow. They consist of a sail, usually in nylon, anchored to a tubular structure in mylar. This category of kites is particularly suitable for marine use, given its ability to float. However, this characteristic penalises its governability and manoeuvrability. And it is for this reason that it is generally not recommended to use it for snow.
Caisson kites, on the other hand, do not have a rigid structure, which is why they are more resistant to impact and easier to steer. They are made up of two layers of nylon overlapped and joined together by ribs. These characteristics are those that give the wing a high efficiency even in low wind conditions. The sail is steered by a steering or piloting system. Cables, which are very strong and not very elastic, join these two parts together.
Because of its simplicity and the fact that you don't need a particular climate to practice it, snow kiting is rapidly gaining ground all over the world, so that it would not be excessive to call it the "new trendy winter sport". As they said, Haugastøl, in Norway, has made it its flagship, giving miles of slopes to the many who every winter go there in search of adventure in the great white of Norway. But you don't have to go all the way to Norway to enjoy this sport: snow kiting slopes and courses can be found everywhere, from the Alps to the Pyrenees, with experiences suitable for beginners and experts alike.